cab file creation

Posted on 2002-03-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-28

I'm setting up a Win98 PC for my father, and I want to put the Win98 CD on his hard drive so he will be able to re-direct requests for the Win98 CD to this directory.  Is there anything special I have to do to accomplish this?
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Ajnin earned 50 total points
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You'll need to edit the source path in the registry or atleast let your father know where the Win98 CD is.

Be sure to back up your registry before making any changes. Changing the wrong thing can cause major damage to the system.

Ok run regedit. And navigate to HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

In there you'll find a key called SourcePath doubleclick on this key and edit the value to the location of the new CAB files.


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So all I have to do is copy the files into any directory straight from the CD and then edit the reg to default to that dir when searching for additional files?
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Yes Any directory you specify.  But The standard is to put them in a directory called C:\Win98\Options\

Then throw the cabs in that.
But it doesnt have to be that way.  That's just how most of the tech world does it.  And how OEM systems have them placed.  And it does not have to be on C:.
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You could simply copy the contents of the WIN98 folder to the already formatted hard drive, then install from there.  No need to edit the registry after that.

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Too late...already installed.  Thanks for the help.
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I agree with Jason S.
Yes this is very true.  I prefer that method myself.

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