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Windows 7: Change drive letter for presumable needed boot disk

07 Dec 2009   #11

Windows 7 prof


I disconnected the drive with partition Z.
I started the system with the original Windows 7 DVD and had to repair the boot sector only once.
I reconnected the 3rd drive, deleted partition Z and moved and expanded partition J which is the only partition on that drive.
Everything went fine.

Afterwards I backed up parts of partition L (Old C) to partition G and formatted partition L.

I deleted a "ghost" system with Easy BCD 1.7.2. and renamed "Windows 7 recovered" to "Windows 7".

When trying to install VISTA on that partition L (because Dreamweaver CS4 and PaintShopPro X2 don't work correctly on Windows 7) it didn't work out.
VISTA doesn't start whatever I do. It appears in the startup system selection, it says MS Corp. and then nothing, a black screen for hours. Partition L is Primary, but . . .
So for the time being I have to live with Windows 7 and some little terribly annoying bugs especially of DW.

To be honest, I should have stayed with Vista anyway


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07 Dec 2009   #12
Microsoft MVP


Did you try installing your problem programs in Vista or even XP compatibility mode? rightclick the .exe and use Compatibility tab on Properties.

Google these programs to find other's solutions re: Win7. Check their websites for Updates. Start a topic here in the relevant forum.

Try running the Vista DVD from Windows 7 to install to L. Try reformat NTFS. Run Partition Wizard file checker and HD surface scan (right click context menu) on all HD's and partitions.
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07 Dec 2009   #13

Windows 7 prof


I tried with xp compatibility. It didn't work out.

I tried with virtual xp. There it works for DW, but it needs time to always open virtual xp. It doesn't work out with PSP X2, because I need 32 bit colors. The best I can get is 24 bit colors, but with many other problems (you have to change the registry for 24 colors, and the MS guys don't like people like me to have 24 bit if they decide 16 bit colors.).

I am under the impression that Win 7 has been optimized for best flawless installation, but the problems (many small ones like freezing programs etc. come later. It's a neat trick for them to sell better, but an evil one for pros who want to work.)

That's why I wanted to install Vista again. I has EASEUS scanning all partitions of that drive over night. They all seem to be perfect.

I'll give your idea to install VIsta from Win 7 a try. I'll be back.

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