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

12 Oct 2012   #41
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Contro we are all here to try and help. You can see by the posts we are somewhat confused. You are trying to do something as far as I know has not been done before with Windows 7 because their/there is no legal reason to do so. I know of no one who is going to try such a thing on their/there multi hard drive system in order to figure it out and take the chance of mucking up their/there own system. What you did using XP is of no concern. You have had some very good information given to you by some very experienced people (exclude me). It's up to you to take it or leave it. Having one Windows 7 on one computer at one time works for the rest of the world. From there/their you can do all the backup for emergency that you care to do. If networking is your concern one Windows 7 will take care of your needs. If you desire another complete computer for backup emergency needs all you have to do is install another paid for Windows 7 and install it on that another computer with the programs you desire or need. I'm done.
Have a good day.


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12 Oct 2012   #42
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Let's clear this up.

Every time I install win7, I choose which o/s registry letter I want it to have.

There are several ways to do it - but it must be done during installation - not afterwards.

If you use windows setup.exe, it will always choose the first available drive letter, starting from C as A and B are traditionally reserved for floppies ( who has those nowadays - never mind ).

Therefore, if you install by booting the dvd - setup.exe cannot see any drive letters have been used - and it picks the first available - i.e. C.

If you run it from within an existing o/s - setup.exe is aware of the drive letters already assigned by your running o/s and will use the next available one.

So, if you only have one partition already with your running o/s called C - then run setup.exe from within that - your new installation will be D.

If you then have only C and D , running the setup.exe installer again - will give the new installation letter E and so on.


The way I do it is different and more flexible but too complicated to go into here.
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12 Oct 2012   #43
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
But I can see if there's very hardware specific testing that a VM just ain't the same as real hardware.
That's when you pull and swap drives to eliminate and isolate. Or, you use a test system.
I was under the impress this is the test system. Only he tests the same hardware profiles over time. But that's just my speculation. All I know is, once he gets that thing working, I'd hate to fix it if it blew up!!

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12 Oct 2012   #44
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Contro has to answer all the questions which have been posed, he's avoiding them. As it is we are only speculating what he is trying to do.
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12 Oct 2012   #45
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

He's probably too confused trying to remember the way he set all that stuff up. Sounds like the old switchboard where the operator had to stick a wire in.
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12 Oct 2012   #46
Contro

Windows xp pro 32+ Windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Let's clear this up.

Every time I install win7, I choose which o/s registry letter I want it to have.

There are several ways to do it - but it must be done during installation - not afterwards.

If you use windows setup.exe, it will always choose the first available drive letter, starting from C as A and B are traditionally reserved for floppies ( who has those nowadays - never mind ).

Therefore, if you install by booting the dvd - setup.exe cannot see any drive letters have been used - and it picks the first available - i.e. C.

If you run it from within an existing o/s - setup.exe is aware of the drive letters already assigned by your running o/s and will use the next available one.

So, if you only have one partition already with your running o/s called C - then run setup.exe from within that - your new installation will be D.

If you then have only C and D , running the setup.exe installer again - will give the new installation letter E and so on.


The way I do it is different and more flexible but too complicated to go into here.
Nice indeed.
Nevertheless seems to be a legal problem.
Because of some posts.
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12 Oct 2012   #47
Contro

Windows xp pro 32+ Windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Contro has to answer all the questions which have been posed, he's avoiding them. As it is we are only speculating what he is trying to do.
Avoiding ? I am not avoiding really.
I have explained in my words the best I can.
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12 Oct 2012   #48
Contro

Windows xp pro 32+ Windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
He's probably too confused trying to remember the way he set all that stuff up. Sounds like the old switchboard where the operator had to stick a wire in.
Milesssssss
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12 Oct 2012   #49
gregrocker

 

Contro, maybe you can try again to explain exactly what it is you want to do because I can't understand it at all.

Here's a start:

What I want to do is __________________________________________.
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12 Oct 2012   #50
Contro

Windows xp pro 32+ Windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Contro has to answer all the questions which have been posed, he's avoiding them. As it is we are only speculating what he is trying to do.
One thing is a little advantage when have the same system several times installed is to fight viruses. You can desinfect from a parallel system (equivalent to the use of a live cd).

I used this. I am not telling to be the best method.
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