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Windows 7: How to change Windows 7 root folder?


30 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 
How to change Windows 7 root folder?

Hi, I would like to change the name of root folder before Windows 7 installation.

Ex: the common folder of Windows 7 system file call "Windows", and I would change to "WinNT" for exemple.


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30 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I don't believe there is an easy way to do this. In Windows 2000 and older the installer would always prompt for the name of the windows folder but later systems do not do this unless there is an existing folder called "Windows". This article provides more information:
How to Designate the Original Folder Name for a Reinstallation of Windows XP
It is for XP so some details are different.

Unless you have a real need to do this I suggest you stick with the defaults. Some applications have a need to access the Windows folder directly. A properly written application can do this even with a different name but some will simply assume the default name and they will fail. This is unusual but possible.
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30 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
I don't believe there is an easy way to do this. In Windows 2000 and older the installer would always prompt for the name of the windows folder but later systems do not do this unless there is an existing folder called "Windows". This article provides more information:
How to Designate the Original Folder Name for a Reinstallation of Windows XP
It is for XP so some details are different.

Unless you have a real need to do this I suggest you stick with the defaults. Some applications have a need to access the Windows folder directly. A properly written application can do this even with a different name but some will simply assume the default name and they will fail. This is unusual but possible.
Ok, but I would like to change this name on Windows 7

Any idea how I can do this?

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30 Jul 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

The article I linked to tells how to what you want. You would need to adapt the instructions to Windows 7. Understand that I have not done this as I have never had the need. Changing this after installation is nearly impossible.

Why do you want to do this? Except for the case where there is a preexisting folder named "Windows" which the installer provides for I see no need. It seems like a lot of work that provides no benefits and could have compatibility issues.
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30 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

coryhenrique I know I can't help you but I do have a suggestion.
If you explained exactly what you want to do and the exact reasons for doing such a thing; their might be more help. Maybe a different way of getting done what you are trying to do.
If you change the root folder name before installing I'm not sure activation will work.
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01 Aug 2013   #6

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

I wanted to change the name "Windows" to "WinNT" just for aesthetic reasons, I used to do this since Windows 98.

Does this link that LMiller posted works for Windows 7?

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01 Aug 2013   #7

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by coryhenrique View Post
I wanted to change the name "Windows" to "WinNT" just for aesthetic reasons, I used to do this since Windows 98.

Does this link that LMiller posted works for Windows 7?

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As the location and name of the system folder Windows is set not only in one but two different Windows environment variables(*) and as the registry as well as configuration files of various applications and tools are full of referrals to these variables, it would not only be really astonishing foolish to change the name of the Windows folder, but also a sure way to disaster.

Please forget this whole idea and accept the fact that Windows folder's name is Windows.

Kari


(*) = Both %WinDir% and %SystemRoot% refer to the Windows folder. You can check this easily by opening Windows Explorer and typing either %WinDir% or %SystemRoot% to the Explorer address bar and hitting Enter, which then opens the Windows folder.
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01 Aug 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Please understand that I have never used the instructions in the link posted above and in fact did not even read the entire article. It would need to be modified for Windows 7. If I were to do this myself I would have to work out some of the details and I really have no interest in doing so. The link was provided primarily to show that this was not a simple thing and it would be best to give up on the idea. I strongly recommend that you do so.
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01 Aug 2013   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
Please understand that I have never used the instructions in the link posted above and in fact did not even read the entire article. It would need to be modified for Windows 7. If I were to do this myself I would have to work out some of the details and I really have no interest in doing so. The link was provided primarily to show that this was not a simple thing and it would be best to give up on the idea. I strongly recommend that you do so.
Please understand my previous post was in no way meant to be against your earlier post, you gave a fair and valid warning in addition to the link you submitted. On the contrary, I could say: Up to XP this was an easy process, but from Vista onwards it should not be done, however possible it might be by modifying instructions for pre-Vista systems or using any other method.

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02 Aug 2013   #10

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

And in case I use the OPK(OEM Pre-Installation Kit) from Microsoft, it is possible to change the root folder?
If yes, where in the Windows OPK should I change this?

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