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Windows 7: Win 7/XP dual boot drive letter question

12 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Win 7/XP dual boot drive letter question

Been reading as much as I can and know there are limitations to what I'm asking. But when I dual booted all drive designations show up normally in Win 7.

In XP it shows the OS on drive I: Drive letters E thru H are taken by USB ports. This will cause a lot of confusion for the person that will actually use it. Is there a way during set-up that I can disable the USB ports so XP will show up on Drive letter E?

I'm willing to do a fresh install again. Have only loaded the OS for Win 7 and XP so far.

I installed Win 7 first then XP. Used Easy BCD to repair boot file. If installing XP first is better, I'm willing to do that.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and thanks just for reading

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12 Jan 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Robb -

I think your idea to reinstall with XP being installed first this time will solve all of these issues.

Win7 when it is installed last will correctly configure the drive you are booted into to always be C and auto-install the Dual Boot Menu.

This is so much easier and more convenient that it's worth the trouble to reinstall.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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13 Jan 2012   #3

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Is there a way during set-up that I can disable the USB ports so XP will show up on Drive letter E?
When installing the OS unplug the Card Reader.
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13 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Thx for the responses. I'm away for the weekend but will try it out on monday and mark as solved if everything works out
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