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By Shanghai Sam ·
After setting up windows 98/me/2000 for my users I want windows to automatically read the setup files (for example setting up an HP printer) from the windows .cab files on the HD instead of prompting me for the windows CD during any component installation.

1. Can someone provide me instructions to tweak the registry to point to the .cab files on the HD during an (printer) install process?
2. What directory should I copy the .cab files to?

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by DKlippert In reply to tweak windows

Copy CD ROM to a Folder like C:\Win98

Then click on the "start" button, go to RUN type REGEDIT and click on OK.

(Backup the registry first in case of error)
When the registry Editor opens, expand
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/WINDOWS/CURRENTVERSION/SETUP
Then change the value of your SOURCE PATH to where you copied the cab files.
(you?ll see your original CD installation address so you?ll know you?re in the right place)

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by Joseph Moore In reply to tweak windows

1) NTPRINT.INF is the file where the printer drivers go. If you need to specify a printer driver that is not in the normal setup, this is where you would put it. Read Technet article Q160902 on the format for this file:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=%2fsearch%2fviewDoc.aspx%3fdocID%3dKC.Q160902

2) As for the location of where you should put the CAB file, I can't remember exactly. This question came up a few weeks ago and I found out where to put the files, but now I can't find the thread. I think that if a print setup had the info in the NTPRINT file, that it looks in %windir$\system32 for the CAB file. I could be wrong on that, but it feels right.

Sorry, this is not as helpful as it could be.

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