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Old 08-21-2017, 09:04 AM   #1
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I have a bunch of install CDs. Is there any reason why I can't simply copy the contents into a folder on an external hard drive and install from there.

   
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No reason not to....'-}}


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Old 08-21-2017, 02:44 PM   #3
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I've done that several times with an old (WIN95!) Solitaire Suite that Dottie still uses. The disc claims to have been updated to suit WIN98SE .....

I don't know about newer generations with more dependence on the registry.

   
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No reason whatever. My SOP for years has been to copy the contents of install CDs/DVDs and even floppies to a shared network drive, then install from there. For multi-CD setups, sometimes the installer will get a little confused and ask you to insert/locate the next CD; you just point it to the same place and away you go. Likewise when it tells you to insert the next floppy. But multi-disk installers are a rarity these days so that shouldn't even be necessary.

BTW, I do pretty much the same thing with a help center (think computer lab) I set up at a conference every year, but there I copy all of the needed installers to a couple of thumb drives or removable HDDs so I can configure two or three PCs at one time.

The main thing is to make a separate folder for each installer's files: e.g. the Office2013 folder contains the entire contents of the Office 2013 install CD/DVD and so on.

   
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steve: The main thing is to make a separate folder for each installer's files:
Oh yes! Definitely the best thing to do...'-}}

For multiple floppies, I used to create a master directory and then each floppy had its own subdir--"disk1", "disk2", etc....


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Oh yes! Definitely the best thing to do...'-}}

For multiple floppies, I used to create a master directory and then each floppy had its own subdir--"disk1", "disk2", etc....


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Exactly so. Then when the installer says "Feed me the next floppy, Seymour" you can just point it at the next subdirectory.

   
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Perzackly!!! '-}}



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