Well say i have copy of all the four cd (copy and pasted)on a hard drive and want to do the installation. Is it possible as i believe that only 1st cd can be run this way and when it will ask for 2nd cd it will gve errors.
For our installations here, the first thing I usually do is copy the CDs to a location on the server. When it prompts that some of the files already exist (from the previous CD) then tell it to go ahead and copy. Then to do a new install on a machine, I can run a batch file that installs off the network drive. No more CD shuffle. Also, when applying a service pack, you don't have to do the shuffle - it will find the necessary files on the network drive.
Speaking from past experience it used to work to copy all the cd's to a folder in the root of a drive, like c:\swinstall, or something like that. If it is in a folder deeper than the root it will fail. I don't beleive in that scenerio that it even prompts you for the next cd (but my memory fades). I don't know if it still works with current versions but it did back in the early days. I had tried this method to allow for easy updates on a laptop. I ultimately decided to bite the bullet and simply create an Admin image, which has it's trade-offs but is the official method of what you seek...
Admin image pros: . admin image folder can live anywhere on a drive, not just off the root . the keycodes etc. are already enterered so you don't have to keep track of them at install time . system configs can be "seeded" and made part of the image, but you must learn how to keep track or you could end up goofing up your install (for example: network admin image designed for network sharing is inappropriate for local install only, etc. - hint: edit the "SolidWorks_2007_SP0_client_options.ini" and "swsetup.ini" files to control install folders, toolbox and shared folders, etc.)
Admin image cons: . takes up more space because all those nicely compressed cd cab files are expanded and you end up with a bunch of alternate languages and stuff that eat drive space with little advantage to the average setup . anytime you want to update Solidworks you must first update the admin image. Seems silly on a laptop or single user desktop but that's how it is. To get the pros you accept the cons.
For a desktop or laptop for which you can live with a folder off the root dedicated to the SW cd's then it's worth a try. It's worth mentioning that this folder can be moved to a different location and put back for updates, etc. if you're willing to manage it that way. If you want to be politically correct to the SW vision, then create an admin image :)
"Eddy Hicks" wrote in news:mYCdnf_MfcDcyvPYnZ2dnUVZ email@example.com:
I just rebuilt my machine this week, and installed SW from an external USB hard drive. All the copies were in d:\Install Images\sw0 with the contents of teh CDs or DVD simply copied into each folder. As long as the drive is plugged in, I never have to swap disks, either installing or updating.
Apparently, the situation has improved somewhat since you last used the method. You must have had the bright idea way back when I was still swapping CDs.