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I am wanting to be able to install starcraft broodwars on my computer. The thing is that I do not always have access to my cd-rom drive. I heard that if I copy all files from the cd-rom to a harddrive that I can rewrite a part of the windows 95 registry to read that hardrive as a cd-rom so that it will fool the game into letting me play. All I want is instructions on how to do just that.

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centerv earned 150 total points
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As with all things in PCs, nothing is quite all that simple, however this should cover all the base for you.

This is for a one cd program.

make folder A on hard drive you want to install from
copy all the contents of cd, but not actual cd, to folder A.
Remove cd from drive and install program from folder A.
Run program from where you have installed the app to, leaving folder A intact.  Registry sees Folder A as the cd drive associated with this program.

This is for a two cd program

One installation cd and one data cd.
Make folder A and copy all items from installation cd to folder A
Install from folder A
 Run program from where you installed it, but first, remove contents from folder A
 the installation disk, and trash them.
 At this point we're assuming that all is trash.  If there's something in there that the system is going to look for later, you need to leave that in there.
Generally there isn't in a two cd program.
Start 2nd cd and copy all the files, (data) from 2nd cd to folder A.
 Remove cd and run program.

Also, keep in mind that if you hide drives or partitions,
or create other drives or partitions that displace drive letters,
and the drive letter changes where you have the cd copied,  then it wont be accessible until drive letter changes back.

If you dont want to go thru all of that, then you can try fakecd
Download fakecd.zip from this site

http://www.simtelnet.iteso.mx/pub/simtelnet/msdos/cdrom/

Good luck.

centerv
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I am very sorry about the delay, I have been away from my computer for quite awhile and will give you extra points for making you wait, sorry...answer worked also
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No problem with wait.
Thanks for the extra points, but what's with the "C" grade.
What was mediocre?
Thanks.
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DaFeIN

Before I close out this question, let me leave you with my version of grading.
  You leave me disappointed in the grading, perhaps because you feel that it's an easy answer.All questions are easy if you know the answer!!
Surely it's the number of points given which indicate the difficulty of  the question was? This question by far is not an easy answer.
The *grade* should indicate how well the question was answered, and the answer seemed to suit your requirements perfectly.
Hopefully you agree with me and keep that in mind in any future grading.
centerv
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