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Windows 7: Change " \Windows " location to another drive

18 May 2011   #1
nummer31

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Change " \Windows " location to another drive

hello everybody
i have Win7 installed as my current OS
i'm trying to boot Win XP from USB
and when i do that the default location
where it will install is " \WINDOWS "
i want to change it to another drive e.g. G:\
how do i do it?


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18 May 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

You may need SATA drivers for the XP installer to see the drive: SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Are you sure the XP installer is booting and not running from the OS?
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18 May 2011   #3
nummer31

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You may need SATA drivers for the XP installer to see the drive: SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

Are you sure the XP installer is booting and not running from the OS?
how do i know which SATA driver do i need?
and i don't understand what u mean by the last sentence?
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18 May 2011   #4
gregrocker

 

Sometimes when the CD doesn't boot, it starts running from the OS in which case it may not see the drives and offer install to a Windows folder. Make sure CD is booting and not starting from Win7.

More likely you'll need the XP SATA storage controller for your chipset so the CD can see the HD's when booted.
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18 May 2011   #5
nummer31

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Sometimes when the CD doesn't boot, it starts running from the OS in which case it may not see the drives and offer install to a Windows folder. Make sure CD is booting and not starting from Win7.

More likely you'll need the XP SATA storage controller for your chipset so the CD can see the HD's when booted.
thanx for all the info so far
but the link u provided was for adding drivers to a CD of XP
how can i do it in USB?
even though the iso i used to make USB bootable image said it had the following drivers using Novicorp WinToFlash:
Code:
Intel ICH7R/M, ICH8R/M, ICH9R/M or ICH10R/D S-ATA AHCI and RAID Controllers
Intel ICH8/ICH9 S-ATA AHCI Controllers
Intel ICH6M S-ATA AHCI Controllers
Intel ICH5R S-ATA RAID Controllers
nForce2/3 SataRAID, nForce2/3/4 PataRAID and all nForce4 Intel Edition RAID
nForce4 AMD, nForce 430/410 (MCP51) or nForce 590/570/550 (MCP55)
nForce MCP73 SataRAID
but during boot i get the following image below and don't know what to do?
http://i53.tinypic.com/28s79dw.jpg
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18 May 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

In that case I would try the second option given. What happens then?

Installing XP from flash is rare since it rarely works, but seems you may have got it goin on.
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18 May 2011   #7
nummer31

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
In that case I would try the second option given. What happens then?

Installing XP from flash is rare since it rarely works, but seems you may have got it goin on.
i didn't go through so i don't know
here are some guides i found answers ur question:
WinToFlash.com - View topic - Missing or Corrupt: hal.dll
Computer Repair Guide: How to Install Windows XP using a USB Drive / Flash Drive the EASIEST way
but none says anything about changing the location to where Xp will be installed
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18 May 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

Was referring to the screen on the XP installer where you choose where to install it, or delete, repartition and format where you want it installed.




It appears from your screenshot you never made it that far but instead got a boot manager for XP installer, from which either of the first two options you might be able to proceed.
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19 May 2011   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

The best way to install WinXP is from CD.

First check for all the Win XP drivers for your hardware.
If your Win XP CD, does not support your Sata Controller, you will need to load drivers to uses at F6.
Load Sata Controller drivers with a floppy disk is the best way.
SATA Drivers - Load in Windows XP Setup on Dual Boot
OR
SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD
On your driver CD, you will find a folder called ICH9R_IMSM_Makedisk
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19 May 2011   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Also looks to me like selecting the first then second option from the pic you posted is the way to go.


Edit - select first option - then after a while it will reboot from the flash - now you select second option.
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