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Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:23 pm:   

I read in "PRactical WINDOWS" magazine that some people might think about saving Windows .cab files to their HD from the Windows CD if they do a lot of ADD/REMOVE of Windows components. I do a lot of ADD/Remove, and I never had to insert the Windows CD. It must already access .cab files from my HD.
How do I find this out and is there any way to remove the .cab files safely from my HD and have it ask for the windows cd when I add/remove stuff?
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:23 pm:   

i do use the cab files on my third harddrive. it's useful only because if the computer doesn't work properly and can't access the cd-rom, then i just point it to the cab folder i created. there is a registry setting to change where it looks for the default cabs, rather than the cd. i forget which one it is. i'd have to go through it to find it.
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:23 pm:   

Here is the Registry key, or search for the string "SourcePath":
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:23 pm:   

Or you can use the find engine to search for *.cab
What I like to do is, after formatting the hard disk, I will copy all the file(including CAB file) from Win98 directory in CD-Rom into c:\win98 directory and run setup from that directory.
When I add/remove program, the system will automatically locate the CAB files.

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