Move i386 folder ->c-drive--no need xp cd?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by xpmania, Apr 24, 2002.

  1. xpmania

    xpmania Guest

    I think I remember reading somewhere that if you moved some folder (i386?) from the XP CD to your hard drive, that you would not need to insert the CD anymore. That's convenient for notebook users. How do you do it? Is it the i386 folder? And where do you copy it?
  2. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Guest

    Hi xpmania,
    you are correct, it is the I386 folder. Copy the folder to anywhere you want on your hard-drive, preferably but not essentially another partition. Then open up your registry and go here:-

    In the right-side you will see "SourcePath", double-click it and add the address of the I386 folder you placed on your hard-drive.

    Then just click "OK"
  3. xpmania

    xpmania Guest

    thanks! =)

    Thanks! =) I've been looking all over for a response. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
  4. Just a question, in my sourcepath it lists D: do I add the address of my I386 path after that? or do I completely erase the source path data and just put the address of the I386 in there by itself?
  5. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Guest

    If your new source path doesn't include D: then don't use it.
    I assume you have the one hard-drive with the one partition called C:
    The path should start with C:
    Here's an example:-

    I wouldn't put it directly on C: as in this example:-
  6. Ok, I will try that!
  7. Well, I tried the above using C:\I386 in the source path in regedt32 and ran the winnt32.exe in the folder and still came up with the same screen!
    Also, How do I get rid of the winows xp professional setup choice upon first boot? It automatically defaults to that if you don't make the windows 2000 selection and goes through to the blue screen of please insert windows xp professional cd..
    any other tips?
  8. Dirk Diggler

    Dirk Diggler Guest

    You would need to re-boot for the registry settings to take effect.
    To remove the "Windows setup" you will have to edit the "Boot.ini" file on C:
  9. Yeah, I tried rebooting the same thing still. What else could be stopping this install?
  10. Wrathchild

    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

    What are you trying to install?

    Copying the I386 directory to your harddrive will certainly save your trying to find your XP cd everytime you install something that requires the XP setup files located in the I386 directory. You can't install XP by moving the I386 directory and then running winnt32.exe from within XP. Are you trying to install XP or some other hardware or software which requires the XP cd?

  11. No, I'm trying to install the actual XP upgrade over windows 98 2nd edition.
  12. Wrathchild

    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

    OK then...

    OK then....

    Why can't you just install XP from the CD? If you can't boot to the cd and run the install normally, try this. Make a win98 boot cd and copy smartdrv.exe to it. Smartdrv helps speed the installation process considerably. Boot to the floppy, choose "start computer with CD ROM support" and then type smartdrv.exe at the DOS prompt. Then change to the I386 directory on your XP CDROM, then type WINNT.exe, NOT winnt32.exe. You should have no problems installing it that way.

    Hope that helps....

  13. Wrathchild

    Wrathchild OSNN Senior Addict

    Win98 boot floppy, I meant

    make a Win98 boot floppy, I meant to say. Not a boot CD. It's early and I have'nt had any coffee yet.


  14. Well, I just received a better windows XP CD-rom from my corporate office..and it's installing just fine.
    thanks you guy's for the input!

    I appreciate it!