How to Make Your CD-ROM Drive Accessible in Safe Mode

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This article describes how to make your CD-ROM drive accessible in Safe Mode. This may be useful if you are having problems installing Windows from CD-ROM, or if you are trying to determine if CD-ROM problems also occur in Safe Mode.


To make your CD-ROM drive accessible in Safe Mode, use the following steps:

NOTE: For this procedure to work correctly, real mode CD-ROM drivers must be installed. If you are unable to obtain and install the original real mode drivers for your CD-ROM drive, consult the manufacturer of your CD-ROM drive, or see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 190303
TITLE : How to Use Real-Mode CD-ROM Drivers from Windows 98 Startup Disk

  1. Restart your computer to a command prompt. To do so, use the appropriate method:

    • Windows 95

      Restart your computer, and when you see the "Starting Windows 95" message, press F8, and then choose Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu.
    • Windows 98

      Restart your computer, press and hold CTRL, and then choose Command Prompt Only from the Startup menu.
  2. At the command prompt, type "win /d:m" (without quotation marks), and then press ENTER.


Article ID: 194846 - Last Review: January 23, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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