Setting Your Source Files in Windows 2000

By Jim Pile, ITworld |  How-to

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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