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How to install Win XP Pro in directory other than c:\windows

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I'm installing Win XP Pro from CD onto an empty disk and I wish to put it in a different folder such as c:\winxp. However, it's just installing it in c:\windows without any prompts whatsoever to change it. How can I change the installation directory?
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by:jazzIIIlove
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Hi there;

I don't know if the following is suitable:

http://users.telenet.be/mydotcom/howto/scripts/sysadmin/setupxp_custom.htm

I don't think, it's possible to change it...

Best regards...
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torimar earned 500 total points
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The only certain way of customizing the installation folder most likely is via an unattended installation.

Here's a step by step visual guide:
http://www.hytekcomputer.com/Articles/XPInstall/1.shtml


If that's too much of a hassle for you, you might try this:
On the installation drive, create a folder c:\windows and a folder c:\windows\system32. From another XP installation, copy the file "win.com" over to the \system32 folder - or use the i386\expand.exe on the installation disk to:
expand i386\win.co_ c:\windows\system32\win.com

Now restart the installation and hope Windows is fooled into thinking that another version is already installed in the default folder. It may prompt you for an install folder now.  (No guarantee that this will work, though)
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by:nobus
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any reason why you don't want it in c:\windows?
it is the standard location
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