sick of inserting winxp cd every time your pc asks, Change Default Location of i386 Folder

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					 Occasionally when attempting to install something, you are asked to
insert the windows xp cd, and sometimes you’re just too lazy to get up
and go get it, or it's not available to you at the moment. Well here’s
something that'll solve that problem...

1. Insert your windows xp cd

2. Click on, “Perform Additional Tasks”

3. Now click on, “Browse this CD”

4. Look for the I386 folder, right-click on the folder and copy.

5. Go into, “My Computer”

6. Right click on you C: drive and paste.

How can I change the default location of the i386 folder?

After installing Windows 2000 or XP, if you ever need to add a component
to it (like DHCP etc.) it always asks you for the CD, even if you copy
the i386 files to your local drive. Can I fix this?

Yes you sure can.

1. Open the registry editor and go to:

2. Highlight the Setup folder.
3. On the right pane, locate the SourcePath.
4. Double-click the SourcePath and replace the drive letter in the box to
C:\ (if you copied the files to your C:\ drive). Make sure it's C:\ and
not C:\i386.
5. Close the registry editor.
6. If the system ever needs files from the i386 folder, it will
automatically look in the C:\i386 folder.

You can also do the trick with Windows 2000 and XP Professional client
computers that were installed from a shared folder on your network, but
do not copy the i386 folder to the local drive of each computer. Instead,
copy the i386 folder to a share located on a network server. Edit the
registry for the Windows 2000 or XP Pro machines and make it point to the
UNC path of the network server.

Also, if you installed from a RIS server, keep the RIS server running.
Your system is smart enough to grab the files from the RIS server when it
needs extra files.

This tip works for service packs too. You'll notice at the registry
string from step #1 that it says service packsourcepath. Extract the SP
from the command prompt to a folder on your hard drive using the w2ksp# -
x switch, make the path in the registry where you put the files, and you
won't have to go fishing for service pack disks again.
Well folks, from now on you should never be asked for that cd again…

*BTW, after all my writing, I found a program that takes the place of
having to modify the registry manually. It’s called BanishCD from
AnalogX. Here’s what they have to say:

One of the best ways to make Windows more convenient is to copy the CAB
files from the CD onto your harddrive, so whenever you install any new
hardware, you don't need to put the CD in your system. Unfortunately,
Windows still ASKS for the CD, and you need to point it to where you
copied the CAB files to, until now...

AnalogX BanishCD is a small utility that allows you to change the path
that Windows will look for the CAB files. Normally, the only way this
could be done would be to modify the registry manually, which is a very
tricky process, and if you make a mistake it can be hard to repair. With
BanishCD, you can quickly browse through your system and select the path;
and just in case you make a mistake it will store the original path!

Download BanishCD from here:

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