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    explorer folder list (XP)

    After my hard drive was reimaged, the folders in the Explorer folder list appear as links instead of having the appropriate folder icon or picture. How can I fix this? I prefer the folder icons. They do appear the correct way in the right display panel.

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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    Normally, you should be able to do this by right-clicking on the folder, select Properties, select the Customize tab, and click on ""Change Icon".
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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    Doesn't work. Because my C: drive does not exist (It shows as an F: drive), I learned from a website that you have to do a "subst c: f:" in the command field. Only thing I have not been able to find out is that when you restart your computer, you have to do it again, and the folder list displays a duplicate set of folders, one under the F: drive and one under the c: drive.

    CAN ANYONE HELP?

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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    Is this the system that had a hard drive added and the system drive became the "F" drive?

    If so I would rebuild the system and get it right, because this may be just the beginning of more problems.

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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    I haven't installed any software yet, but I can't take my system in again to have XP loaded. I have never done a fresh install before. Is there somewhere that has step by step instructions. I don't want to mess up everything including existing drivers and such. I am not a rookie, but this is beyond me in many ways.

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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    Hi Kathy !!

    For XP Home step-by-step take a look here.
    For XP Pro look here.
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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    I want to be able to reload Win XP Pro without physically disabling the zip. Isn't there a way in set up to make sure that the hard drive is selected as the c: drive?

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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    I'm not sure I know what you mean by "disabling the zip"?

    Your best bet it do a clean reinstall. When this is done it will automatically designate the C drive as the boot drive. Since you said you didn't have any other software installed, this is the ideal time to formatreinstall and get it right from the outset.
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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 304776-Windows Setup Detects an Installed Zip Drive as a Hard Disk-This is what happened when the tech reinstalled WXP.

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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    Kathy,

    All the more reason to use the big eraser and do a clean re install. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>
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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    Kathy,

    I agree with Bob. A clean install will re-establish the Zip Drive correctly and reinstall all the drivers. If it's an Iomega and you want their tools, you'll have to reinstall them, but otherwise there should be no problems in this area. If the Zip Drive is your only worry, I'd go for it and get things straight now, while there isn't anything else on the system.

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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    I am just concerned, because of the KB article and what happened this last time. If you don't closely monitor the install, the setup sets the zip as the c: drive and f: as the system drive. However, in my case, the zip is showing as the g: drive and I have no C: drive at all. Wish me luck. If you guys don't hear from me, it's because I have blown up my system on my first attempt to do this myself. <img src=/S/meltdown.gif border=0 alt=meltdown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    Kathy - If it is not too late and you haven't already started the reload (which you need to do) - you should remove the zip drive before the install - if that is the only drive on that cable then that is all you have to do - if there is another drive, just make sure the remaining drive is a Master.

    This way, XP will not see it and won't attempt to add it. Adding extras SHOULD wait until the very end - when you do a fresh install, you are a couple Gigs behind in updates, patches, fixes and DRIVERS! Including Zip drive drivers.

    Fresh installs in bare systems are a piece of cake - all you need is a C: drive (Master) attached to the end (drive1) connector of the cable and the other end to your IDE-1 motherboard connector. Install any additional hard drives and your CD/DVD drive - making sure the Master/Slave settings are correct.

    Hopefully, you have broadband (cable/DSL/Sat) - if so, plug the network cable into the Network port (or install network card if no on-board LAN, and plug in the cable).

    Plug in mouse, keyboard, monitor - recheck all connections one more time and turn on and go into SETUP (usually hold down del key at beginning of booting).

    As soon as you are certain it is going into Setup - look inside the case and make sure all fans are turning - if not, shut down NOW and fix. Okay - back to the display.

    Set boot up sequence to CD, HDD
    (you should a hard drive listed somewhere there to - just verify connections)
    Set clock.
    Enable on-board LAN - might have to hunt through the menus - might be on by default
    Insert Windows CD - have Code handy
    Save and exit.

    Watch screen - follow prompt to boot from CD - you have about 5 secs before it times-out and skips the CD (Since it will always prompt - you don't have to change the boot sequence back if you don't want).

    This should do it - the initial install screens are carry-overs from early NT days - therefore the verbiage can be confusing - (not technically) read the options carefully. Make sure you select Fresh install and a complete (not quick) Format using NTFS - this ensures a clean disk - it will only reformat your C: drive (FAT32 for Win98).

    Then it is hurry up and wait - when finished installing don't start surfing - you may want to turn on other features of your motherboard, such as sound - then go out to Windows Update and get up-to-date. You will be prompted to set up your connection to your ISP so be ready for that - most are DHCP now so that's easy too.

    NOTE: At some point, you might be asked to reauthenticate with MS - you might have to call a toll-free MS number - just say you had to reinstalled windows because you got a new hard drive - you don't have to tell them more (except the codes from the case and maybe the screen) - took less than 5 minutes each of the 3 times I had to it. I usually wait as long as I can to authenticate - just in case I have to reinstall again.

    Then you shut down, attach your zip drive (making sure Slave/Master jumpers are right), reboot

    XP will find the Zip drive set the drivers up.

    Then go into Disk Management (mentioned earlier) (dig into the Administrator Tools folders) and what I would do is change my CD drive letter to Q: and my DVD drive to V: and the zip to drive Z: - this makes it so much easier - the OS won't bump the letters if you add a drive later on. This is important too as many programs access external data, expecting to find it at a specific location. As you start building your Desktop and adding all your applications, they will know the correct locations - a must for repairs! I have been doing that for years but XP made it easy (don't mess with A: B: or C: - not a good idea).

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    Re: explorer folder list (XP)

    Can't I do it without opening up the system? I know absolutely NOTHING about reconnecting drives. I do not want to make any fatal errors.

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