i386 Folder

Averatec / 6100 series
September 7, 2009 at 16:02:55
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.994 GHz / 2047 MB
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.
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#1
September 7, 2009 at 17:25:46
The I386 folder is not needed for normal operation, but it might be needed later for fixing problems. However I guess you probably could use the one on your slipstream CD. I have never tried that, so I'm not positive.

The I386 folder on your slipstreamed CD will not have SP3. It will be the same as the one on your hard drive.


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#2
September 7, 2009 at 17:39:12
If it's the same then it grew by a couple of hundred megabytes

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#3
September 7, 2009 at 17:49:25
Your image may include files that you wouldn't want others to have. If you have restore disks that came from the manufacturer and you used the files from that disk as the start of your slipstream by copying files to a folder on the hard drive then yes, you can remove those files.

Are you positive the slip streamed CD works? If so, burn at least one more copy of it for safekeeping.


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#4
September 7, 2009 at 18:02:42
The files (i386 folder) have been on the hard drive in the Windows directory. They were originally placed by the factory I assume. I just copied them to a temp directory and integrated with SP3. I assume the pc company had no vision of a future service pack and had them placed there at the time for sfc etc... Yes the slip streamed CD does work much to my surprise since the article I referenced to on how to do this said that it wouldn't work unless the oem i386 folder was on the C:\. After installing the slipstream version along with apps/drivers I'm using now, I just made an image of that installation for a future fresh install.

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#5
September 7, 2009 at 18:06:27
"If it's the same then it grew by a couple of hundred megabytes"

If the I386 folder has grown, then I was wrong and I apologize, I was under the impression that SPs were installed after the basic install was completed.


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