|My notebook only came with recovery media for a re-install/restore with XPSP1 being the OS. I followed the guide here http://www.howtohaven.com/system/cr...|
for making a bootable disc with SP3 slipstreamed. I had doubts that it would work since my i386 folder was not in C: but in Windows directory. Well to my surprise it worked. I imaged my setup, placed the slipstreamed CD into the bay and installed/activated and set the whole system up fairly close to what I had prior to trying this. Seeing that it worked and being that it was a fresh install, I made an image of it and have now restored the image I made before my experiment. Well I've said all that to ask this, now that I have a working slipstreamed SP3 on media as well as a second hard drive, can I safely delete the Windows i386 install folder and edit the registry pointing it to the slipstreamed SP3 location be it the CD drive or second hard drive and do so without any problems? My first thought was to replace my present i386 folder with the newly made SP3 i386 but on second thought, It might be good to reclaim that disk space if what I'm asking will work.