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Windows 7: Assign Windows installation to a different letter than C?

04 Oct 2016   #11
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

There was a time when I was dual booting Windows 98 and Windows 2000. Windows 98 was installed on partition 1 formatted as FAT32. Windows 2000 was on partition 2 formatted as NTFS. Windows 2000 saw itself on D and the Windows 98 partition as C. Windows 98, not recognizing NTFS, saw only itself. Installation of Windows 2000 was started from within Windows 98 and directing the installation to the other partition. I don't remember having any problems due to this configuration.

Well written software doesn't make assumptions about where things are installed.


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04 Oct 2016   #12
DavidE

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If you start the Windows installer from within Windows (while Windows is running) to install another Windows OS, that new Win OS will not get the C drive letter.
The C drive letter is in use by the current running OS, so the installer will use some other unused letter.
I wouldn't install an OS this way, and i'm not recommending it, i like always having the Win OS partition as the C partition.

If you boot with the Windows installation media to install Windows, each OS will get the C drive letter whenever it is started.
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04 Oct 2016   #13
AddRAM

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04 Oct 2016   #14
DavidE

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What's the topic ?
Installation and Setup, or Security ?
Maybe there should be a new thread in the Security subforum for security guru's ?

The OP hasn't responded to any of the replies offered so far.

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04 Oct 2016   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I choose the OS letter, personal preference.
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04 Oct 2016   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

His question was could windows still get infected if you changed the letter to something besides C.

Then we started talking about how to change a letter, or why a letter got changed.

That`s all

Carry on
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05 Oct 2016   #17
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From post #1

Quote:
Had a crazy thought. Wouldn't assigning Windows installation to a different drive letter than C help in some measure against infections?
From my little bit of knowledge I would say no. Changing partition letters would not help with security.

I try to remember that the bad guys have great knowledge to create infections.
If it was as simple as changing the partition letter to stop the bad guys we would all being doing it; if Windows 7 allowed it to be done.
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05 Oct 2016   #18
Messerschmitt

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
What's the topic ?
Installation and Setup, or Security ?
Maybe there should be a new thread in the Security subforum for security guru's ?

The OP hasn't responded to any of the replies offered so far.

Well it's already been answered really. Was curious if malware could be fooled, but it seems not. And Megahertz made a good point that you don't need a full path, you can just use variables %
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15 Oct 2016   #19
wasnotwas

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware
 
 

Many years ago, before HDDs, computers used 2 big cardboard (ie floppy) disks - one for the programs, one for data. These were A and B. When HDDs came along, they were given the letter C.

> interesting fact of the day
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15 Oct 2016   #20
AddRAM

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