However, I was thinking that during windows installation that a lot of the time needed for install is caused from the expanding of all of the files in the I386 directory.
I then figured I would try a ISO in VMWare with all of the files alreaded expanded and see if it speed up installation and produced a usable OS.
I did quick test of a ISO image in VMWare and it worked.
However, I did not test to see if it caused any problems with windows file protection or any other problems.
I did try to install other optional components and it seemed to work.
What I did was integrate all hotfixes first.
The I expanded all of the *.**_ files in the I386 and I386/Lang Folders.
Using the dos command expand -r (commpressed file) by using a batch file like bellow and placing it in my I386 directory then in my Lang directory.
for %%U in (*.**_) DO ( expand -r %%U del %%U ) pauseNote: expanding all of the files will take a long time.
Doing this left only the following compressed files in the I386 folder.
NETWORKS._ PROTOCOL._ QUOTES._ SERVICES._ TERMCAP._
The only side effect I noticed from doing this was the the /integrate switch did not work with latter hotfixes.
However, I am assuming you could just compress the files trying to be replaced by the hotfix and it should work again.
I was wondering what other peoples reactions and comments were from doing this type of installation?
Also if this is a bad idea or not?
Fixed: Remove the compressed files after expanding.
Thanks You for spotting the error galvanocentric
Edited by Araknis, 21 July 2005 - 05:11 AM.