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    Hello,

    I was trying to change my boot drive letter as per this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188. Once I did this, I was unable to get into windows again. The system would boot up all the way to the windows logo screen and just hang. Is there a way to start windows XP in safe mode or any other mode to be able to edit the registery? Any help would be great. Thanks. PS: I do have a spare drive and have install a copy of XP, but I don't want to have to reload all the softwares titles I have.

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    [quote name='Seba' post='779143' date='10-Jun-2009 12:50']Hello,

    I was trying to change my boot drive letter as per this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188. Once I did this, I was unable to get into windows again. The system would boot up all the way to the windows logo screen and just hang. Is there a way to start windows XP in safe mode or any other mode to be able to edit the registery? Any help would be great. Thanks. PS: I do have a spare drive and have install a copy of XP, but I don't want to have to reload all the softwares titles I have.[/quote]

    Can you tell us why you tried to do this ?? Especially since the first sentence in the KB article says not to do it unless the drive letter has been previously changed or you may not be able to get into Windows.

    To get into Safe Mode with XP you tap the F8 key repeatedly when the boot process starts, but I'm not sure that will work in this instance.

    More information about your situation will help us understand the problem better.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='779151' date='10-Jun-2009 18:03']Can you tell us why you tried to do this ?? Especially since the first sentence in the KB article says not to do it unless the drive letter has been previously changed or you may not be able to get into Windows.

    To get into Safe Mode with XP you tap the F8 key repeatedly when the boot process starts, but I'm not sure that will work in this instance.

    More information about your situation will help us understand the problem better.[/quote]

    I really did not have any reason other then the fact that every time I added a harddrive or USB drive it would assign the c: letter to it and it kept bugging me that the boot drive was always E:. I guess I should have left it along and just live with it. Now I know better, but is too late.

    Thanks for the F8 information. I am hoping that if at least in safe mode I will be able to either get into the regedit to return the value to what it was before. I also have a copy of the registery too, but I have to figure out how to copy/restore it.

    I eventually wanted to clone the drive that is not working to a bigger drive. Any software you recommend?

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    Usually when you plug any external USB drive , it gets the next free drive letter.

    If you can get in, you may be able to assign a disk letter from the Disk Management console (Control Panel>Admin Tools>Computer Management>Storage>Disk Management) Right click the drive in the list at the bottom and select "change drive letter and paths" and then "change" and select the letter from the dropdown.

    But that's if you can get in.

    You may also be able to connect the correct drive (the original one with Windows installed) to the cable that the "new" boot drive is connected to (you do know which one that is, right ??), but that may involve some trial and error troubleshooting.
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    If you can get in, you might want to read this article before you make any changes.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='779174' date='10-Jun-2009 20:35']If you can get in, you might want to read this article before you make any changes.[/quote]
    Eh, that KB article from Daniel Petri is more or less verbatim from the MSFT 223188 KB article mentioned in first post.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188

    Have I missed something, or is there something different?

    I think it would perhaps be time for a boot with the RC.

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    Probably nothing different. Can't hurt to be well read on the subject before one starts though. Not doing enough research first seems to be the root cause of this problem.
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    RC??? It is the same article. I did install a slave drive and reinstall windows XP. It assigned the correct letter C: to this drive. I can also see the files for the e: drive. Is there a way I can go into the drive and edit the registery to the way it was before? What file should I be looking at? I would hate to have to install all the software on the C: drive, unless there is other ways to copy only the software.

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    [quote name='Seba' post='779196' date='10-Jun-2009 14:45']I would hate to have to install all the software on the C: drive, unless there is other ways to copy only the software.[/quote]

    With a new Windows installation you must reinstall all the software. Copying it won't work because of all the registry changes that are made when you install the programs.

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    [quote name='Seba' post='779196' date='10-Jun-2009 15:45']RC??? It is the same article. I did install a slave drive and reinstall windows XP. It assigned the correct letter C: to this drive. I can also see the files for the e: drive. Is there a way I can go into the drive and edit the registery to the way it was before? What file should I be looking at? I would hate to have to install all the software on the C: drive, unless there is other ways to copy only the software.[/quote]

    You're not being clear about your situation. Are you saying that the system boots to a second HD that you slaved to the system and installed XP on after you changed the boot drive or did you have the drive stored outside the case and install it in the case after your system wouldn't boot and then the computer would boot to that drive ??

    I'm assuming that this "new" C drive is booting the system and you can "see" the other HD with your original Windows installation and files on it as a second HD and have the ability to explore it. Is this true ???
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='779204' date='10-Jun-2009 21:29']You're not being clear about your situation. Are you saying that the system boots to a second HD that you slaved to the system and installed XP on after you changed the boot drive or did you have the drive stored outside the case and install it in the case after your system wouldn't boot and then the computer would boot to that drive ??

    I'm assuming that this "new" C drive is booting the system and you can "see" the other HD with your original Windows installation and files on it as a second HD and have the ability to explore it. Is this true ???[/quote]

    I installed the second drive after I was not able to get into windows. This was done after I change the boot drive letter and after the system began hanging. I can "see" the files on the windows XP installation for the drive that hangs through my slave windows XP install. I install the second XP on the slave drive so I could edit the registery of the "corrupt" windows XP. I was hoping to fix it and then delete the second HD via the BIOS and see if windows starts again. I will eventually like to clone the drive to a bigger harddrive via Western Digital clone software, but I need to fix it first.

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    [quote name='Seba' post='779208' date='10-Jun-2009 17:02']I installed the second drive after I was not able to get into windows. This was done after I change the boot drive letter and after the system began hanging. I can "see" the files on the windows XP installation for the drive that hangs through my slave windows XP install. I install the second XP on the slave drive so I could edit the registery of the "corrupt" windows XP. I was hoping to fix it and then delete the second HD via the BIOS and see if windows starts again. I will eventually like to clone the drive to a bigger harddrive via Western Digital clone software, but I need to fix it first.[/quote]

    OK, I think I understand. You were logged on to the other HD that was labeled drive E: and the system booted to the E: drive by default. You followed the instructions in that KB article and changed the boot drive to C: and after that the system would not boot to Windows. You then install a second HD on which you had previously installed a clean copy of XP, for just such an emergency , and booted the system, which recognized the new drive as C and booted to it. And now you are able to see the other drive labeled E as a second drive slaved to the system.

    Is that about right ??? If so, the fix is back down the path that got you here. But don't do anything yet except tell us if my assumptions are correct. If so, I think we can help. But it has to be done carefully and be right the first time.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='779241' date='11-Jun-2009 00:27']OK, I think I understand. You were logged on to the other HD that was labeled drive E: and the system booted to the E: drive by default. You followed the instructions in that KB article and changed the boot drive to C: and after that the system would not boot to Windows. You then install a second HD on which you had previously installed a clean copy of XP, for just such an emergency , and booted the system, which recognized the new drive as C and booted to it. And now you are able to see the other drive labeled E as a second drive slaved to the system.

    Is that about right ??? If so, the fix is back down the path that got you here. But don't do anything yet except tell us if my assumptions are correct. If so, I think we can help. But it has to be done carefully and be right the first time.[/quote]


    You are correct with the exception that now it assign the letter D instead of E. I can see both drives. Drive C has the new installation of windows and D: has the old. I boot up to C, but would like to edit the registery of D to rever back to the old drive letter. Is there a way I can do this or do you have any recommendations. Thanks.

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    [quote name='Seba' post='779480' date='12-Jun-2009 01:50']You are correct with the exception that now it assign the letter D instead of E. I can see both drives. Drive C has the new installation of windows and D: has the old. I boot up to C, but would like to edit the registery of D to rever back to the old drive letter. Is there a way I can do this or do you have any recommendations. Thanks.[/quote]
    I'd like to say that this is a simple matter of switching the cables to the HDs (C to D & D to C) and suggest that you try that first, just to eliminate the easy way first.

    If that doesn't work (and I really don't think it will) then you will need to refer back to the original KB article that you used to create this problem and from the new Windows installation follow the instructions to be certain that you have Administrator priviledges and that you have the Permissions set to allow Administrators full control.

    You will then have to rename the drive you are working from to an unused drive letter (Z is good) in order to free up the letter C. Once you have made this change, DO NOT REBOOT or you will not have any way back in. Now you must change the other drive from D to C.

    Be sure to go back and reset the permissions for Administrators before you close regedit. Then reboot and .

    HTH. If you have any questions or uncertainties post back BEFORE you start. I do not want you to have any problems with this.
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='779576' date='12-Jun-2009 20:51']I'd like to say that this is a simple matter of switching the cables to the HDs (C to D & D to C) and suggest that you try that first, just to eliminate the easy way first.

    If that doesn't work (and I really don't think it will) then you will need to refer back to the original KB article that you used to create this problem and from the new Windows installation follow the instructions to be certain that you have Administrator priviledges and that you have the Permissions set to allow Administrators full control.

    You will then have to rename the drive you are working from to an unused drive letter (Z is good) in order to free up the letter C. Once you have made this change, DO NOT REBOOT or you will not have any way back in. Now you must change the other drive from D to C.

    Be sure to go back and reset the permissions for Administrators before you close regedit. Then reboot and .

    HTH. If you have any questions or uncertainties post back BEFORE you start. I do not want you to have any problems with this.[/quote]

    I ended up doing something similar to this article (http://www.xtremepccentral.com/forum...p/t-12460.html) and it worked. I used the XP on the C: drive to edit the registery by loading the hive from regedit. I then follow the instructions in the article. It worked great. Now I can boot my old E: drive. It still says E:, but I really don't care anymore as long as I get the computer to work. Thanks for all the help.

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