How to install IIS on Windows XP without CD
Today I was at the University and wanted to install IIS and ASP.NET to work on a small project. The only problem is that I didn’t have the Windows XP CD with me. Google returned answers that involved downloading the SP2 installer and extracting the files from it. So, I decided to hack around and see what I could come up with without having to download the ~250Mb SP2 installer. Here’s what I found.
Open up Add Remove Programs and click on the Windows Components button. In here, check off the IIS service and click Next. It will then prompt you for the Windows CD. When it does, click OK (even though we haven’t put one in). In the next window browse to C:WindowsI386 and click OK. It should then start installing. During the installation it may prompt for the CD again. Rinse and repeat the exact same process by locating the I386 folder and it should install just fine.