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Windows 7: Change Driver Letters in Windows 7

19 Sep 2010   #1
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
Change Driver Letters in Windows 7

I recently upgraded to Windows 7 from RC to RTM, and was disappointed to find that it is identical in every way except for the wallpaper and a new glitch that was not present in the RC: Windows 7 now decides its own drive letters. Before it just took the same drive letters that xp used. I dualboot xp and 7, and when I boot xp, the letters are normal (xp is on "C", 7 on "M", HP recovery partition on "D", extra files on "N", backup partition "Z"), but here in the wonderful world of RTM 7, what was formerly Drive "M", is now "C", "D" is now "G", "N" is now "F", and if thats not puzzling enough, "C" is now "E". Did I catch 'em all? That's right, Windows 7 managed to confuse every single drive letter, a problem I never had in the RC.

Is this fixable? Can they all be returned to their original state? I'm thinking of buying a laptop and don't want the same nonsense inflicted on that when I dualboot xp and 7 on it, can it be dealt with beforehand?

Thanks.

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19 Sep 2010   #2
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

You can repartition them or just revert the drive letters back.

(re-assigning drive letters)
To do this by disk Management go to start, right click computer, then click manage, then click Disk Management on the panel, right click the external drive, then click "change drive letter and paths" then if its blank click ad if it has a drive letter click remove and then add then resign it a letter on the drop down menu, OK and close all that then check.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html
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19 Sep 2010   #3
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prof Kerfuffle View Post
You can repartition them or just revert the drive letters back.

(re-assigning drive letters)
To do this by disk Management go to start, right click computer, then click manage, then click Disk Management on the panel, right click the external drive, then click "change drive letter and paths" then if its blank click ad if it has a drive letter click remove and then add then resign it a letter on the drop down menu, OK and close all that then check.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html
You can do that with the partition that it is installed on as well?

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19 Sep 2010   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello 2 Bunny,

Unfortunately no. You cannot change the drive letter of the drive/partition that Windows 7 is installed on. Only for the other drives and partitions.
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22 Sep 2010   #5
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello 2 Bunny,

Unfortunately no. You cannot change the drive letter of the drive/partition that Windows 7 is installed on. Only for the other drives and partitions.
So you're saying they subtracted the feature, because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I could have it on "M" in the RC.

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22 Sep 2010   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sorry. but by default, the currently started Windows has always been the C: partition. It cannot be changed from within Windows. Attempting to change the Windows drive/partition letter can render it unbootable.
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23 Sep 2010   #7
SevenUser12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7600[Desktop] , Windows XP Pro SP3 x86[Notebook]
 
 

you should try go to manage (right click Computer icon) then go to Storage > Disk Management, right click on the Volume/Partition and choose Change Driver letter and paths..
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23 Sep 2010   #8
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

2 Bunny,

Although I'm strongly opposed to dual booting, especially between a state-of-the-art OS, namely, Win 7 and a dinosaur, namely, XP, you can install first Win 7 on the new notebook so that C is assigned to Win 7 and then follow up with XP. Now how you go about that is for some of the others to tell you.

As I said, I've never been a fan of dual-booting. Now if the notebook is a newer model then one alternative that you can consider is installing XP in virtual mode. I haven't looked but we probably have a tutorial on that. I have run XP in virtual mode on my Win 7 laptop. That went very well but I only did that so I could easily demonstrate to another certain how-to actions in XP.
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23 Sep 2010   #9
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
2 Bunny,
Now if the notebook is a newer model then one alternative that you can consider is installing XP in virtual mode. I haven't looked but we probably have a tutorial on that. I have run XP in virtual mode on my Win 7 laptop. That went very well but I only did that so I could easily demonstrate to another certain how-to actions in XP.
XP mode requires at least 1.25 gig RAM (2 gig preferred) and a processor that supports virtualisation. OP's hardware specs are quite basic, for the processor he needs to check with something like Securable for virt. support.

I experimented with XPM on a similarly equipped machine and was quite disappointed with the performance. There was a noticeable lag between typing and things appearing on the screen. If one needs to use a critical app that just won't run under Windows 7, then this solution will get you by, although I personally have found very few apps/drivers that don't work with win7.
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23 Sep 2010   #10
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Bill,
The mention was of buying a new laptop. The probability that XP mode will be supported in hardware is high for a new laptop, and even if not, MS finally decided to make installing a virtual XP without the hardware support to be possible. I tried out both ways. both ways worked. True is that my laptop has 4 GB ram. Performance was quite satisfactory. None of that delay stuff between typing and action.
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