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9. Boot-Up Hacks > 88. Speed up Operating System Installation and Maintenance

Speed up Operating System Installation and Maintenance

Save yourself time by making Windows installation files available on your hard drive.

We know you’ve had this problem: you install a new mouse, change a network setting, do almost anything that upsets the delicate balance in Windows and you’re prompted to insert the Windows so-and-so CD. Where is it? Did you grab the right one?

If you have a lot of free disk space (about 700 MB), take a cue from the major PC makers and copy the files from your Windows CD to your hard drive. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to copy the files before you install Windows so the resulting installation automatically knows where to find the files later—thus no prompting to insert a CD later.


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