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Windows 7: Win 7 installed on new drive as "E" Can I change?

30 Nov 2009   #21
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

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Would really like to hear from anyone who tries this.[/QUOTE]

OK you have heard from me....


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01 Dec 2009   #22
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
The fact there are so many responses means there is some confusion about how this type of stuff works. Since I have been playing with this the last few days, hopefully I have some insight.

To test what I say, boot to Vista and then check the diskmgmt.msc. It should show Drive 0 and C: saying Boot, system..

If you boot to Windows 7, it should show Disk 1 as C: and Boot, system, etc.

You can also do a search for bootmgr.exe (hidden system file) and it will be on Drive 0, or the Vista install, but not on the windows 7 drive. The Boot folder will also be on the Vista Drive but not the Windows 7 drive.

If what I say seems to be correct, you can remove the vista drive(unplug) and then do a startup repair to the Windows 7 drive and all should be oK. It will take two passes for the startup repair to fix the situation.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

Would really like to hear from anyone who tries this.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by saltgrass View Post
OK you have heard from me....

I read your post with interest several times but didn't read where you had actually done this. It is a great idea.

In fact your last paragraph up top gave me the mistaken impression that you were only proposing it hypothetically.

That is the only reason I asked for someone to let us know if they try it.

So had you tried checking what drive Win7 assumed when you unplugged Vista, before trying Startup Repair?
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01 Dec 2009   #23
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

There were so many folks having problems with dual boot situations and since I knew very little about it, I started experimenting. I have learned quite a bit and tried several different senarios, but there are still MANY things I do not know.

I have run startup repair enough times now that I feel fairly comfortable with it.

It is nice to have a spare Win 7 capable computer to play with...
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01 Dec 2009   #24
ark1227

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 & x64
 
 

1) boot onto your windows vista
2) go to 'run' or press start
3) type in 'diskmgmt.msc' (no quotes) and press 'yes' for UAC
4) now look for the drive the u have ur windows 7 on
5) right click on it
6) press 'change drive letter and paths...'
7) select the drive of windows 7 again
8) press 'change'
9) select a letter (can't be one that exists)
10) press 'ok'
11) it will ask u to confirm, press 'yes'

+ rep me if i helped in any way

ENJOY!!
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05 Dec 2009   #25
solar

Vista U32 , now Win7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is the tutorial I followed last time I killed my OS doing this:

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

Afterward I posted in beta forum asking what I did wrong (twice), and got flamed as the biggest idiot on earth since MS says clearly not to do it except for temporary letter change.

So please excuse if I am still a little scorched from this experience.

lol... such a bad experience... really shame sometimes one can really get morons on the other side of the screen lol ~~

oh... and if saltgrass' solution worked than my method would work too wihtout removing any disk. but active disk is to be handled a bit more carefully
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05 Dec 2009   #26
Cyberium

Win7 Ultimate 6.1.7600.16385 x64
 
 

Just for Info:
I can confirm that Win7 takes automatically over the letter C when it is the only oS left on the rig. Regardless if it was installed 1st, 2nd or...
And any partition that contains system data (i.e.: copy of boot data because yoou saved some app data there...) will be flagged as "active" in Management Console.

Cheers
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07 Dec 2009   #27
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ark1227 View Post
1) boot onto your windows vista
2) go to 'run' or press start
3) type in 'diskmgmt.msc' (no quotes) and press 'yes' for UAC
4) now look for the drive the u have ur windows 7 on
5) right click on it
6) press 'change drive letter and paths...'
7) select the drive of windows 7 again
8) press 'change'
9) select a letter (can't be one that exists)
10) press 'ok'
11) it will ask u to confirm, press 'yes'
That will change the drive letter in Vista, but not when you boot into Windows 7. That's the issue at hand, is that there's no reliable way to change the system volume's letter. When booting into Vista, the Windows 7 drive isn't considered the system volume.
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