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changing drive letter of xp boot volume


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Hi all

For some reason, this new computer I built has the drive letters all wrong. My main drive, which should be C:, is in fact I:. This hasn't caused too many problems so far, as windows is quite happy to accept I: as its drive, but it causes problems on the network for various reasons.

Unfortunately, disk management won't let me simply change the drive letter, and the registry fix I tried (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188) just killed the machine. I had hoped it would be possible to use recovery console to do it, but I can't find any useful instructions on that.

I get the feeling it should be possible, but I'm not sure how. Any ideas?

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Possible, yes. easy, no. worth the possible headaches usually not. You are better off reloading the machine so that the boot drive ends up being C: rather than trying to go through the registry and replacing every reference of I: to C:

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Possible, yes. easy, no. worth the possible headaches usually not. You are better off reloading the machine so that the boot drive ends up being C: rather than trying to go through the registry and replacing every reference of I: to C:

I'm not sure what you mean by 'reloading'. It is permanently set at I: so restarting the machine doesn't make a difference, so presumably you meant I should reinstall windows? That would be a major headache, to be honest, so I'd be interested to hear the 'possible' options ;)

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what iceman said. You either have more than one hdd or another device attached when you installed Windows, hence the non-C volume designation. I always disconnect my secondary drives , install the OS, then reconnect them.

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