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How to Unpack Files From the i386 Folder on an XP Installation CD?

20 May

If you have ever added or removed Windows features in Add/Remove Programs or installed new hardware, your Windows XP computer may have prompted you for the Windows XP installation disc and the contents of the i386 folder. Unpacking the complete i386 folder to your hard disk can eliminate the need to insert the Windows XP installation disc when prompted. It is also required if you have an older version of the Windows XP installation disc and wish to “slipstream” it with newer Service Packs, such as Service Pack 2 or 3.

Instructions:-

1. Copy Entire Folder:

  • Insert your Windows XP installation disc.
  • Click on “Start,” then “Run.” Type “command” and press “Enter.”
  • Type “mkdir c:\i386” and press the “Enter” key. (You can save the contents to another hard disk. Change the directory letter from “c:” to the correct hard disk letter if you save to another drive.)
  • Type “cd c:\i386” and press “Enter.”
  • Type “xcopy d:\i386 /s/h” and press the “Enter” key. Change the optical drive letter from “d:” to your computer’s optical drive letter if it is not the D: drive.

2. Unpack Specific Files:

  • Insert your Windows XP installation disc.
  • Click on “Start,” then “Run.” Type “command” and press “Enter.”
  • Type “mkdir c:\bckup” and press “Enter.” (You can create a folder with any name except for one that shares a Windows folder name.)
  • Type “expand d:\i386\filename.ext c:\bckup” (replacing “filename.ext” with the specific file name and extension of the file) and press the “Enter” key. Change the directory where you wish to extract the file if you are replacing a system file.

Repeat for each file you wish to extract.

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