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Changing Windows OS drive letter
Feb 5th, 2012 at 5:34pm
 
We know if you break the cloning rules and induce a drive letter issue then the new Windows will not load. It stalls at around the Welcome Screen stage. There are various fixes one of which is TeraByte Unlimited's setwindl.tbs. This script lets you assign the correct drive letter (usually C:) to the non loading Windows. Previous versions did this by editing {MountedDevices}.

The just released setwindl.tbs does more. It changes all references from the old drive letter to the new drive letter in the registry. For example, I changed the drive letter of a Win7 OS to J:

The altered Win7 booted as J: drive and all programs worked. Naturally you wouldn't want to change C: to J: but there could be situations where you would like to do the reverse.
 
 
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Re: Changing Windows OS drive letter
Reply #1 - Feb 6th, 2012 at 3:50pm
 
Brian wrote on Feb 5th, 2012 at 5:34pm:
The just released setwindl.tbs does more. It changes all references from the old drive letter to the new drive letter in the registry. For example, I changed the drive letter of a Win7 OS to J:

The altered Win7 booted as J: drive and all programs worked.

While that may get Windows booting again, keep in mind that not all programs keep their configuration settings in the registry.  Some code the drive letter in .ini files or special data files or the like.

The WS_FTP ftp client, for instance, puts drive letters for session locations in a ws_ftp.ini file in its Program Files subdirectory.  The Mozilla Thunderbird email program stores drive letters in a prefs.js file in a subdirectory of the user account ("Documents and Settings" or "Users", depending on Win version).

Having to go through and repair an assortment of random programs is at least better than having Windows not boot at all, but the surest approach is to keep the drive letter the same as when Windows was first installed.



 
 
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