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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
This article describes how to edit the registry to specify a new location for the installation files for Windows 2000. You may want to do this, for example, if you want to copy the Windows 2000 installation files to your hard disk and then configure Windows to find the files on the hard disk, instead of prompting you to insert the Windows 2000 CD-ROM.
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
To change the location of the installation files to the hard disk:
Copy the I386 folder structure from the Windows 2000 CD-ROM to the hard disk.
Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
Locate and then click the Installation Sources value in the following registry key:
Note that you cannot edit the Installation Sources value by using Regedit.exe (instead of Regedt32.exe). If you try to view the Installation Sources value, Regedit.exe displays the value as a binary data type.
This issue occurs because Regedit.exe does not support the REG_MULTI_SZ data type. To view or edit these data types, you must use Regedt32.exe.