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07 May 2010   #1
sotorious

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 
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Ok on my xp machine i need to change my drive letter to c, but windows is already installed, for some reason it has named this drive letter E, and i need to get it back to C so the program can install correctly, is it possible or do i have to do a fresh install?


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07 May 2010   #2
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sotorious View Post
Ok on my xp machine i need to change my drive letter to c, but windows is already installed, for some reason it has named this drive letter E, and i need to get it back to C so the program can install correctly, is it possible or do i have to do a fresh install?
Can you explain what you mean please.

If I understand you correctly you are asking the impossible.

The Windows XP boot drive has to be C:/ in XP and the Seven boot drive has to be C:/ in Seven; there are no two ways about it.

The XP boot drive will appear as drive E:/ in Seven and the Seven boot drive will appear as E:/ in XP.

If I've completely misunderstood what you're asking please correct me.

Oli
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07 May 2010   #3
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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07 May 2010   #4
sotorious

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

This is no partition this is just an XP machine, with Windows XP only, i replaced the drive a while back and it change the drive letter to "E" but right now i need it to be "C" in order for this program i am trying to install to work.

So i was wondering if i could change the main drive "E" to become "C" without having to to a clean reformat.

When i try and change it in disk management i get this "Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume."
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07 May 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Sure, follow the directions SIW gave in the post I linked to above.
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07 May 2010   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sotorious View Post
This is no partition this is just an XP machine, with Windows XP only, i replaced the drive a while back and it change the drive letter to "E" but right now i need it to be "C" in order for this program i am trying to install to work.

So i was wondering if i could change the main drive "E" to become "C" without having to to a clean reformat.

When i try and change it in disk management i get this "Windows cannot modify the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume."

If you change the boota drfive letter without modifying the bootrec you are going to have difficulties. What program needs to be on "c" ?

Ken
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07 May 2010   #7
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Can you open Disk Management (Start > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management) and take a screen shot of the window and post it here?

Gahhh! Never Mind
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07 May 2010   #8
sotorious

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Its a Business program called lankar. If its that much of a hassel ill do a clean install of XP i was just seeing if there was a quick switch.


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