Setting Your Source Files in Windows 2000

Copying the Windows 2000 Professional files to your local hard disk and

install from there is often most convenient. However, Windows 2000

Professional always assumes you installed the system from the first CD-

ROM drive. Now when you want to install a new component, Windows 2000

looks for the installation files on the first CD-ROM drive in your

system -- thereby negating the purpose of installing from the hard disk

in the first place. Note that this doesn't happen when you install from

a remote network drive. In that case, Windows 2000 Professional will

record the correct location.

By editing the Registry, you can instruct Windows 2000 Professional to

look for installations files on your hard disk. As always, edit the

Registry with caution.

To edit the Registry, click Start and Run. Now type regedit and press

Enter. When RegEdit opens, navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Setup

and substitute your hard disk path for the existing CD-ROM path. Next,

navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows

NT\CurrentVersion. In RegEdit's right pane, double-click SourcePath and

enter the new path.

You should also check HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows

NT\CurrentVersion\Setup and

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows

NT\CurrentVersion\Setup\Installation Sources for a path to the CD-ROM

drive. If the CD-ROM path appears in these keys, then change them to

the hard disk path also.

Choose Registry and Exit to close RegEdit, and then restart the

computer. Windows 2000 Professional should now look for installation

files at your hard disk location.

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