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How to Change the Setup Source Path in Windows

This article was previously published under Q131652
IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry.Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it ifa problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the ""Restoringthe Registry"" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the ""Restoring a Registry Key""Help topic in Regedt32.exe.
This article describes how to change the path from which Windows Setupobtains source files. If, for example, you originally installed Windowsfrom floppy disks, but later obtained a Windows CD-ROM, you might wantto change the Setup source path to retrieve files from the CD-ROM insteadof from the floppy disks.
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You can edit the registry by using System Policy Editor (Poledit.exe) orRegistry Editor (Regedit.exe). Check with your network administrator beforeyou make any changes to the registry. System Policy Editor (Poledit.exe) is available in the Admin\Apptools\Poledit folder on the Windows 95 compact disc. Use the Add/Remove Programs tool in Control Panel to install System Policy Editor.

NOTE: If you are using the Microsoft Office 97 system policy templates thatare included in the Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit, you must use theversion of System Policy Editor that is included in the Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit or the Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit.

You can download Policy.exe, a self-extracting file thatcontains Poledit.exe, from online services. Download this file from thefollowing Microsoft Web site:Use the following steps to edit the registry with System Policy Editor:

  1. Click the Start button, click Run, type poledit, and then click OK to start System Policy Editor.
  2. On the File menu, click Open Registry, and then double-click Local Computer.
  3. Click the plus sign (+) next to System.
  4. Click Network Path For Windows Setup, then type the new source path.
  5. Save the changes to the registry, quit System Policy Editor, and then restart Windows.To modify the Setup source path with Registry Editor, modify the followingregistry value:
  6. After you update the registry with System Policy Editor or RegistryEditor, extract a new copy of the Layout.inf file from the Precopy2.cabfile on your new Windows media to the Windows\Inf folder on the harddisk.

    For example, if you are changing the Setup source path because youswitched from Windows disks to a Windows CD-ROM, extract theLayout.inf file from the Win95 folder on the Windows 95 CD-ROM to theWindows\Inf folder on the hard disk. For information about using theExtract tool, type extract at a commandprompt, or see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    129605 How to Extract Original Compressed Windows Files

Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95

If you have installed Microsoft Plus! and you want to change the sourcepath for the Microsoft Plus! files, open the Program Files\Plus!\Setup\ Setup.stf file and modify the Source Directory line to indicate thecorrect source path. For example, change "Source Directory C:\" to "SourceDirectory D:\." If you use WordPad to edit the Setup.stf file, make sureto save the file as a text document.
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Article ID: 131652 - Last Review: 07/25/2012 03:21:00 - Revision: 2.0

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