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Windows 7: Change letter of the boot drive or the system drive

11 Oct 2012   #11
Contro

Windows xp pro 32+ Windows 7 pro
 
 

I am remembering now my portatil.
Comes with windows 7.64 bits premium edition.
I install a dual boot with windows xp pro.
I have written somewhere the process I made, but the result was :
I have to change the boot system to GAG .
May be in correlation with the fact w7 always over C: ?

Is not possible to install twice w7 in the same pc ?

The portatil operation was hard because the system w7 was preinstalled in the portatil.


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11 Oct 2012   #12
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

You can dual boot with multiple copies of Windows 7. However, the drive will always be labeled under C: depending on which one (Windows 7 install) you are currently booted into. You do not need to change the driver letters to dual boot Windows 7. Just install it like normal to an empty partition.
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11 Oct 2012   #13
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Well Contro, I have no answer for you but maybe someone else can help you out of the situation.
Wouldn't it be better to have only one OS and then 6 data drives? I don't understand the need for multiple w7 on one machine.
Yes! Logicearth has it. You can install to any partition but the one you boot with will always be C: even if when it is not booted to it is, say, R.
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11 Oct 2012   #14
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Contro you are certainly creative. I'm not sure how you can do this and 60 virtual machines (your post #9) at the same time with your system specs. I can't help you but I surly will be watching because I'm curious.
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11 Oct 2012   #15
Contro

Windows xp pro 32+ Windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Because I'm a lost puppy in the pound. Contro let me know if I understand you correctly. You want to install Windows 7 several times on the same computer at the same time. You are desiring different drive letters for each install. Is this correct?
That's the point.
I have seen a post about dual (2) installation of w7 in the same pc.

But according to this post considerations from each of these systems the installation disk letter will always be the same C: from inside that system ?
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11 Oct 2012   #16
Contro

Windows xp pro 32+ Windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Contro you are certainly creative. I'm not sure how you can do this and 60 virtual machines (your post #9) at the same time with your system specs. I can't help you but I surly will be watching because I'm curious.
Ouwwww. It's simple. I want my virtual machines running windows xp pro sp3 under windows 7 64 bits. I use a lot of software and my systems allways get in trouble with so many scripts.

Windows 7 is my way to "simplicity".

I was thinking about windows 8 preview, but seems too green. So my SAT give me a seven disk to make proofs.
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11 Oct 2012   #17
Contro

Windows xp pro 32+ Windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Well Contro, I have no answer for you but maybe someone else can help you out of the situation.
Wouldn't it be better to have only one OS and then 6 data drives? I don't understand the need for multiple w7 on one machine.
Yes! Logicearth has it. You can install to any partition but the one you boot with will always be C: even if when it is not booted to it is, say, R.
I can explain this. I have several windows xp pro systems because I use one system for proofs. Another system for work, other for ocium, etc.
I have these six systems before I began to use virtual machines.
I am very used to this working way. Even I have a partition for ubuntu.
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11 Oct 2012   #18
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You only really need one OS to do all of that. You would just have to have your work, other for ocium, etc on separate partitions and disks to access them from w7. If you have w7 Ultimate or Enterprise, you can install XP mode which is a XP OS in a VM.
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11 Oct 2012   #19
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Your post #16
So my SAT give me a seven disk to make proofs.
Remember me I'm the puppy. I don't understand this.
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11 Oct 2012   #20
Contro

Windows xp pro 32+ Windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
You can dual boot with multiple copies of Windows 7. However, the drive will always be labeled under C: depending on which one (Windows 7 install) you are currently booted into. You do not need to change the driver letters to dual boot Windows 7. Just install it like normal to an empty partition.
I understand this.
Then . If I have six systems running windows 7.64 bits I can remap all units except the system unit.
This is not necessarily the boot disk.
I try to explain my experiments.

I enter in the disk management and began to change letter asignment until receive the error message (I don't remember now)(ouwwww, i have to document better....) when try the system disk over the windows 7 is installed (the letter c.

I am supposing (and possible i am wrong) this :

Initially :

c: with the boot.ini
i: System Tomas in my language of partitions with windows xp pro sp3

I installed with the the windows 7 dvd over the letter i: System Tomas (my first system under w7)

My question is : Where is bcdedit.exe now ?

I was supposing that file on my c: with the boot.ini. But I think i am wrong.

Why ? Because after install w7 , an from inside w7 the unit I: come to be precisely the unit C: initial.

And precisely the unit I: come to be C: after install w7 over it.

But I can change the inicial c: with the boot.ini from inside w7. That is . After install w7 the initial letteer becomes I: . I change that letter for G:

I have read somewhere that If I try to reassign the letter C: now to I: from the system unit I will destroy the system. Reassign the letter with the trick kb223188

But that is not the starting point assumed in the kb233188 i think.
I am not familiarized with windows 7 and don't know where the bcdedit.exe file is.

The new boot mantain an entry to the prior windows versions where mantain my 5 systems under xp, ubuntu and the console.

But repeat ubuntu and the console under the windows 7 entry.

I can post a photo is necessary.

Nevertheless I would like your opinion about the validity of this post :

windows 7 - Reassigning drive letter for cloned system partition - Super User

Best Regards
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