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    cd-rom drive letter

    Since I installed a second hard drive, the device manager says that the drive is letter V. When I try to install two programs, an info box comes up saying the cd is in letter H and will not let me change to letter V. How, where and what steps do I follow to permanently nuke the H and change to V. I've tried uninstalling the cd-rom, checking the device manager and looking at the registry. I do not see any drive letters in the registry. Nothing comes up when I try to edit autoexec.bat or configsys in DOS.
    Thank you so much.

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    Re: cd-rom drive letter

    if it's programs already installed that need ot access the drive, you can search the registry for the entries and change them - or just reinstall the software. if's usually faster.
    for new software, are you using add/remove programs? use explorer and browse to the cd and locate setup.exe.
    control panel > system properties > cd rom has a tab for setting the cd drive letter, it should say V there.

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    Re: cd-rom drive letter

    Thank you for replying.
    Reinstalling the software is the problem. Setup.exe starts, but a notice box comes up saying it cannot find setup on H:. Then the installation stops. I have already looked at regedit. There is no drive letter H or V for me to change. Everything seems to be in code under local machine. Device manager already recognizes letter V, the real letter as the cd-rom drive.
    Someplace in the system is the old letter H which needs to be changed. That's what I need to know is how to get to the old listing H and change it to V. I also already removed the cd-rom and added it through the add/remove haredware. Thanks.

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    Re: cd-rom drive letter

    This probably won't help since you said you looked in the registry, BUT:
    try running regedit & search for SourcePath. See if any of the data point to H: instead of V:. If so change it. Of course, back it up first. In fact, you might be able to do it quicker, knowing which software name your looking for.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: cd-rom drive letter

    check your autoexec.bat file. If there's a line that starts with MSCDEX.... rem it out.
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    Re: cd-rom drive letter

    Sorry, I messed up the reply.
    I followed your search advice for the registry and found:
    HKEY CURRENT_USER
    (subfolder) InstallLocationsMRU
    ab a="H:WIN98"
    ab b="H:Win98"
    ab c="A:"
    ab d="V:win98"
    ab MRUList="dcba"
    I'm not sure what to edit and how without messing up the registry. Thanks for helping.

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    Re: cd-rom drive letter

    That's just the "most recently used" entries. Deleting doesn't hurt, but it won't help either. Don't look for entries like that. Try looking for SourcePath.

    For example, I have one where the key is

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareVERITASBackup ExecSettings

    & in the right pane, under name, there's a data key called SourcePath. That's the type of entry your looking for.

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    Re: cd-rom drive letter

    You don't mention what programs you are having the trouble with. Many MS applications keep this information in an .stf file, for instance my version of MS Office has a off97pro.stf file in the "..Microsoft OfficeSetup" directory. I notice on this machine I have one for Outlook 98 and IE5.5 as well.

    If you do have an stf file, change the source directory to the location you want.

    Other programs may use the .ini file or have a setup format of their own. Have a poke around the program directory and see what is lurking in there.

    Good Luck

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    Re: cd-rom drive letter

    Thanks for replying.
    When I find the stf file, can I just click the line of text and edit the drive letter right there?
    It is fantastic to learn of these kinds of files. I never knew they existed.

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    Re: cd-rom drive letter

    <hr>When I find the stf file, can I just click the line of text and edit the drive letter right there?<hr>

    Yes.

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    Re: cd-rom drive letter

    As usual make a copy of it before editing it. You can't use notepad to edit it because it is too big. Normally I use Wordpad, if you use Word or another WP program make sure you save it back in text format.

    To find it just click Start>Find>File and Folders, type *.stf and make sure "My Computer" is selected and "check Subfolders" is ticked.

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    Re: cd-rom drive letter

    The other way to fix your problem is to change the drive letter from "V" back to "H", assuming it is still available after you have partitioned your new hard drive.

    You change the CD drive letter by clicking "Start|Settings|Control Panel|System". From the "System Properties" window, click the "Device" tab, click "CdRom", click your CdRom device, and then click the "Properties" box.

    From the Properties dialog, click the "Settings" tab, at the bottom of the Settings window change "Start Drive Letter" and "End Device Letter" to the Drive Id you want. In your case this will be "H".

    Click "OK" to save changes. Reboot system when requested. Your CD should be back to "H".

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