Getting Started with Daemon Tools
Daemon Tools has a Web site where you can find the Daemon Tools download. Daemon Tools comes in several versions: Daemon Tools Pro Advanced, Daemon Tools Standard, and Daemon Tools Lite. The professional and standard versions are available as trial downloads which can also be purchased; the Lite version is free for non-commercial, personal use. Once you download the program, open the file and follow the installation instructions, you will be able to copy CD and DVD images to hard drives and other media. The program should install normally in Windows 7, except for users who previously installed the software under an older operating system such as Vista may experience some problems.
Using Daemon Tools Win7
Daemon Tools Win7 can protect you in case of a damaged CD or DVD disk or when you need to make access to an optical disk more convenient.To use Daemon Tools (this tutorial uses the Daemon Tools Lite version), click the Windows "Start" button and then "All Programs." Scroll down to the "Daemon Tools Lite" folder and then click the "Daemon Tools Lite" shortcut.
Ordinarily, you will find that a Daemon Tools icon appears in the system tray after the program starts.
To access Daemon Tools Win7 options, right click on the icon in the system tray to access the Daemon Tools menu.
Creating a Disk Image
To make a CDROM or DVD image, insert the disk into your drive and then select "Disc Imaging" from the Daemon Tools menu. You now have the opportunity to select the source drive and the destination folder for your disk image. Once these are selected, click the "Start" button.
The "Disc Imaging Process" window appears, giving you real time status of the image creation. When imaging is completed, close the window.
Mounting a Disk Image as a Drive
To mount a disk image as a drive, right click the Daemon Tools icon in the system tray and then select the "Virtual Devices" menu and then the virtual disk drive (In this case, Drive 0: [F]). Choose the "Mount Image" option. Note that images created outside of Daemon Tools can also be mounted using this program.
Browse to the folder where your disk image is located, select it and then click the "Open" button.
You can now access the contents of your drive image as if it were a physical drive.
Continue to Page 2 to learn more about using Daemon Tools in Windows 7
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Daemon Tools in Upgraded Windows
Many users report that Daemon Tools installed in a different version of Windows will stop working after an upgrade to Windows 7. When attempting to re-install, the system reports errors when the program installs SPTD. To resolve this problem, follow these steps.
1. Open Regedit by typing "regedit" into the Windows 7 search bar.
2. In Regedit, browse to the folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sptd. If you can’t delete it, right click it, choose “Permissions” from the context menu and then click “Advanced”. On the “Owner” tab, take ownership, apply the change and then return to the Regedit window to delete the folder.
3. Now, browse to the file registry folder, "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_SPTD" and delete it.
If you can’t delete "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_SPTD, double click on it to see its contents. For each folder, right click on control, select “Permissions” and then click the “Advanced” button. On the “Owner” tab, give yourself ownership, apply, click “OK” and assign “Full Control” to “Everyone.” Click “OK” to go back to the Regedit screen. Right click each folder and choose "Delete."
4. Still in regedit, browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\Root\LEGACY_SPTD, right click on it, and then choose "Delete."
5. Delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Enum\Root\LEGACY_SPTD. If you can’t delete it, expand it. You will see a folder called “0000” and another one called “Control.” Right click on control, select “Permissions” and then click the “Advanced” button. On the “Owner” tab, give yourself ownership, apply, click “OK” and assign “Full Control” to “Everyone.” Click “OK” to go back to the regedit screen. Right click the folder and delete it. Do the same for the “0000” folder and then for the LEGACY_SPTD folder.
6. Still in Regedit, browse to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\eventlog\System\sptd" and delete it.
7. Open “Computer” from your Windows start menu and browse to Windows\system32\drivers. Delete sptd.sys.
8. Reboot your computer.
9. Download the newest version of SPTD and install it.
10. Re-install the latest version of Daemon Tools.
Some Uses for Daemon Tools
Daemon Tools Win7 is an easy to use program that makes your computer more versatile. Here are some specific situations where Daemon Tools can help.
1. Netbooks and other computers without an optical drive. Daemon Tools allows you to extend the functionality of netbook computers by allowing them to access CD and DVD images in the absence of a physical drive. To do this, create the image on a different computer and then copy it to a hard drive netbook or other computer that does not have an optical drive.
2. Computers with incompatible optical drives. Computers equipped with CDROM drives can now access DVDs through the use of Daemon Tools Win7. Also, some DVD drives cannot access the double sided and dual layer DVD disks. By Using Daemon Tools, these computers can now access images of these disks made from a computer having a compatible drive.
3. Backups. CDROM and DVD disks can be backed up to hard drive to protect against loss or damage to the disk.
4. Mobility. An image made using Daemon Tools can be made portable by installing it on a USB flash drive.