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Windows 7: How to change drive letter in XP when dual boot with 7?

19 Oct 2009   #51
justi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Tews brings up an point to consider. Programs no longer necessarily default install or refer to C: I have run Win7 by itself on E: for six months on one machine with no noticeable effect. So unless you have specific programs that are affected, you might want to let it go and see what happens.
Yes,that's the final solution:
recover xp,fix boot,leave it there.
but before this I wanna see what else I can do.
And I haven't install many programs in xp yet.I'm not sure any other errors will occur or not in the future.


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19 Oct 2009   #52
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by justi View Post
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What programs specifically are you having problems with that relate to this issue...
Some panel control utility bundled with this fujitsu laptop.
.

I love rippin those things out when I clean install.

Ask yourself it you will use it, or if you have used it, and if not then: "hasta la vista, bloatie." It might even be a free rider on your startup.
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19 Oct 2009   #53
justi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by justi View Post
Another guy made this mistake...
How to change drive letter for boot drive?

I remember reading that post, how that guy defends wiping out his installation saying: "The interestsing thing is that it almost works"
I guess there's only working without error,or not.nothing like almost,60% working,etc...
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19 Oct 2009   #54
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sabajordan View Post
help me

Please, do not hijack this thread and bump it after two minutes... You have already started another thread -=> here ...
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19 Oct 2009   #55
justi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by justi View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
What programs specifically are you having problems with that relate to this issue...
Some panel control utility bundled with this fujitsu laptop.
.

I love rippin those things out when I clean install.

Ask yourself it you will use it, or if you have used it, and if not then: "hasta la vista, bloatie." It might even be a free rider on your startup.
It's like a hardware shortcut or navigator and useful.
But if I have to give it up,I will.
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19 Oct 2009   #56
gregrocker

 

I'd just reimage.

Unless you wanna see where C: lands when you delete the 100mb partition and write the bootloader into XP. Of course you've got to reimage to do that, too.

This is the diskpart command I used to delete the Acer recovery partition that wouldn't come out with any partition software. Run it from Win7 cmd as administrator or the Win7 installer Repair command prompt, then startup repair 3 times, boot into 7 and run EasyBCD or bcEdit to reinstall the XP bootloader.
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19 Oct 2009   #57
justi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sabajordan View Post
help me

Please, do not hijack this thread and bump it after two minutes... You have already started another thread -=> here ...
don't know if he sees my answer.but it does surprise myself that I understand what he means.
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19 Oct 2009   #58
gregrocker

 

This is from another forum here:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unawave View Post
This small partition contains the boot manager (file "bootmgr" and folder "/boot/") and these files are missing on the Windows 7 partition.

It is possible to delete this small partition. I boot with Linux, delete the partition and merge the free space to the Windows 7 partition. After this Windows 7 will not boot. But I boot from Windows 7 installation DVD and do a system repair. This installs the boot manager IN the Windows 7 partition and after this Windows 7 boots fine.
I think he is right that you would need to merge the free space into the first partition since that space contains the boot sector of the HDD.

Your XP is in the first partition, right?

You installed XP first and Win7 second?

I still cannot figure out why XP would change its drive letter over to the boot partition, unless XP was installed last and snafued.
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19 Oct 2009   #59
justi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 rtm
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is from another forum here:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unawave View Post
This small partition contains the boot manager (file "bootmgr" and folder "/boot/") and these files are missing on the Windows 7 partition.

It is possible to delete this small partition. I boot with Linux, delete the partition and merge the free space to the Windows 7 partition. After this Windows 7 will not boot. But I boot from Windows 7 installation DVD and do a system repair. This installs the boot manager IN the Windows 7 partition and after this Windows 7 boots fine.
I think he is right that you would need to merge the free space into the first partition since that space contains the boot sector of the HDD.

Your XP is in the first partition, right?

You installed XP first and Win7 second?

I still cannot figure out why XP would change its drive letter over to the boot partition, unless XP was installed last and snafued.
Unfortunately 7 is installed first.
physically (I guess) it is
boot - 7 - xp - data.
I'm reading the MS Technet now.
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19 Oct 2009   #60
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by justi View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is from another forum here:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unawave View Post
This small partition contains the boot manager (file "bootmgr" and folder "/boot/") and these files are missing on the Windows 7 partition.

It is possible to delete this small partition. I boot with Linux, delete the partition and merge the free space to the Windows 7 partition. After this Windows 7 will not boot. But I boot from Windows 7 installation DVD and do a system repair. This installs the boot manager IN the Windows 7 partition and after this Windows 7 boots fine.
I think he is right that you would need to merge the free space into the first partition since that space contains the boot sector of the HDD.

Your XP is in the first partition, right?

You installed XP first and Win7 second?

I still cannot figure out why XP would change its drive letter over to the boot partition, unless XP was installed last and snafued.
Unfortunately 7 is installed first.
physically (I guess) it is
boot - 7 - xp - data.
I'm reading the MS Technet now.
Ok that is the problem then. Since you installed XP second, it obviously assigned C: to the boot partition, and I doubt now it would change it's drive letter.

I get my best advice from Technet. When I recently asked in several forums about changing a system drive letter with repair install, it got answered (No!) by a MS MVP expert on Technet.

They will help you sort this out.
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