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 How to change the system drive letter in Windows XP 
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1. Make a full backup of your computer and create system restore point.
2. Log on with administrator privileges.
3. Start Regedit
4. Go to the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
5. Rightclick MountedDevices, click Permissions. Make sure Administrators have full control. Change all changes back when you are finished with these steps.
6. Find the drive letter you want to change. Looks like \DosDevices\C:.
7. Right-click \DosDevices\C:, and then click Rename. Rename it to an unused drive letter \DosDevices\Z:
8. Reboot





25 Sep 2009, 06:20
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Very interesting and informative tips. many peoples will use this tips. really that are very good points, some of which I have learned along the way as well . Will share with my colleagues friends, thanks


20 Sep 2010, 07:30
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Thanks you so much.. I have use it and its working... Good thing i've google it and it came up with the right answer. Thanks a lot for your great effort making this tips.

but one question, can i rename my drive to another letter, i mean not to "Z" to any other letter?


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Any letter you want


02 Nov 2010, 19:08
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Sorry for asking the question on this thread.


Thanks a lot for replying,
JMcGrey


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Thanks for sharing some info in this site.
This really helps me a lot...
Godspeed!


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Very good tip..Thank you very much for your guide.


09 Mar 2011, 14:04
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It is normal for WinToFlash to use drive letter C for the Flash Drive and Windows Installation to C?


11 Oct 2011, 01:50
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Unwired wrote:
It is normal for WinToFlash to use drive letter C for the Flash Drive and Windows Installation to C?


Typo Above:
It is normal for WinToFlash to use drive letter C for the Flash Drive and Windows Installation to D?

I reformarted a netbook and erased all the partition, after WinToFlash boots up, and install XP, the Drive letter C is used by WindToFlash and D for XP.

I followed the instruction on how to change drive letter but my system won't log in...I guess I need to reinstall this again...


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What a great tips...
I love it..


18 Oct 2011, 19:10
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@ Guest: {Typo Above:
It is normal for WinToFlash to use drive letter C for the Flash Drive and Windows Installation to D?

I reformarted a netbook and erased all the partition, after WinToFlash boots up, and install XP, the Drive letter C is used by WindToFlash and D for XP.}


I followed the instruction on how to change drive letter but my system won't log in...I guess I need to reinstall this again...
This is because when you try to install OS onto a blank HDD without partition it yet. So to fix this, simply format your HDD either using another 3rd party tools to partition it first before try to installing XP OS on it, or using another working XP Pro OS to partition the new HDD. Then, next time when you try to install new XP OS on that HDD again, it will automatically recognize the new HDD as C: instead. Hope this helps... G'Luck ! :)


29 Nov 2011, 07:23
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Why the hard way? If I'm not missing something,
its easier to go to "Computer Management -> Disk Management"
then right click on partition and select "Change drive letter and paths..."


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Hi!

Instead of dangerous registry hack (i think) it's easier to simply partition you hard drive at first boot from USB, and then reboot and restart the installer.
If the XP installer detects a partition on your hard drive, that will become C:, and the install source (USB/CD/DVD) become the first available letter.

To clarify:
If you have a totally empty hard drive:
1. Boot up from your install source.
2. If the install source became to C:, then continue the installer until it asks where to install.
3. With the hotkey (as i remember L, but it shows on the bottom) create a partition on the hard drive.
4. Reboot your computer, restart the installer.
5. Now the first hard drive partition became C:.

That's it! :)

PS: sorry for my english. I'm a hungarian guy.


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