|" folder i386 was there all the time but named I386 on my computer which I took to be 1386. Anyway with all the files etc "unhidden" none of the folders on the XP CD were called or contained regedit. "|
Yes, it's I386.
I typed i386 to make it more clear what it actually is.
The default fonts make it easy to confuse capital i ( I ), lower case L ( l ) and one ( 1 ), especially if you are using higher resolutions so the fonts are tiny, or if you are older like me or don't have perfect vision otherwise and have a hard time making out really small fonts.
I have no upgrade XP CDs to look at but I know of no reason regedit.exe would not be in \I386 on any XP CD.
It's on the original XP Pro full version retail, the original OEM XP Home (always full), OEM XP Home (always full) SP1, and OEM XP Home (always full) SP2.
You can't find it if you use My Computer to look at the CD - all that does is autorun the CD.
You have to use Windows Explorer
(Start - Programs - Accessories - Windows Explorer)
I always have a shortcut to that on my desktop.
There are some things My Computer is useless for - one of them is when you want to see the contents of a CD that autoruns when you click on it in My Computer, if it doesn't have a selection Browse CD or similar.
Open the I386 folder and scroll down to regedit.exe (yes, there are a lot of files to scroll down through),
or if you Search the CD, make sure it is set to searching the whole CD, not just the root folder, or not some other drive letter -
click on More Advanced Options and turn on Search Subfolders (there should be a green checkmark in the box) if it isn't on.
The vast majority of the time this setting should be on!
You don't need these for finding regedit.exe, but
Search system folders, and
Search hidden files and folders
should have a green checkmark too,
and in ANY case, the vast majority of the time Case sensitive should NOT have a checkmark beside it.
That requires whatever you search for be exactly as you typed it, the alphabetical characters uppercase or lower case or a combination of those.
e.g. if Case sensitive is switched on, typing regedit.exe will NOT find what is on the CD - REGEDIT.EXE.
Also, when you search the partition Windows itself has been installed on and has been booted from, that's usually C, there should be TWO copies of regedit.exe - one in C:\Windows, one in C:\Windows\system32\dllcache.
If there isn't one in C:\Windows\system32\dllcache copy it to there too.
If there IS one in C:\Windows\system32\dllcache, copy it to C:\Windows if it isn't in C:\Windows.