Drive Letters Mixed Up - XP/Vista Dual Boot

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Athanasian Creed, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. Greetings all,

    Forgive me if this has been covered but tonight i installed RC-2 (Bld. 5744)
    and Vista installed OK, started OK and so did XP.

    Problem is, in Vista, it is listed on the 'C' drive and XP on 'D' whereas
    when i booted into XP, XP was 'C' and Vista was 'D' (actually listed as
    'local disk' - i labelled it 'Vista')

    I noticed a remark by Colin Barnhorst stating " If you are installing Vista
    x86 then do so from the XP desktop. That will rationalize drive letter
    assignments in Vista better."

    Hmmm...i installed Vista from a reboot.

    Question is, is there any way of getting both sync'd correctly drive letter
    wise?? If not, will i experience any problems between the two OS's??

    Any help from the local gurus (and all others) will be greatly appreciated!


    TIA,


    Ray

    *********************

    "I know men, and Jesus Christ is not a man. Superficial minds see a
    resemblance between Christ and the founder of empires, and the gods of other
    religions. That resemblance does not exist. There is between Christ and all
    other religions whatsoever the distance of infinity; from the first day to
    the last He is the same -- always the same, majestic and simple, infinitely
    firm and infinitely gentle."
    - Napoleon, Comte de Montholon Recit de la Captiv. de l'Emp. Napoleon, cited
    in Farrar 81
     
    Athanasian Creed, Oct 12, 2006
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  2. When installed from a cold boot, each operating system will identify each
    partition independently. For the average user this is not a problem. Where
    it becomes an issue is when you have multiple drives in a network, and the
    servers of the network are programmed to look for specific drives for such
    things as automated backups, updates, malware scans, that sort of thing. It
    is possible to change the drive letters, as long as you change the literally
    hundreds of drive letter references in the registry. Or you can just leave
    it be. Does it really matter what the actual drive letter assignment is in
    your particular situation? I gave my partitions distinctive names, like
    WinXPx86, VistaX64, Data, and Backup to keep them straight.
     
    Mark D. VandenBerg, Oct 12, 2006
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  3. Athanasian Creed

    mikeyhsd Guest

    if you boot directly from the DVD and install, vista STEALS the "C" drive designation.
    to retain the proper expected partition drive labeling you must install from another OS.

    only recourse now is to format the vista partition. boot into XP and then insert the DVD in the drive and install vista pointing to the desired drive letter.







    Greetings all,

    Forgive me if this has been covered but tonight i installed RC-2 (Bld. 5744)
    and Vista installed OK, started OK and so did XP.

    Problem is, in Vista, it is listed on the 'C' drive and XP on 'D' whereas
    when i booted into XP, XP was 'C' and Vista was 'D' (actually listed as
    'local disk' - i labelled it 'Vista')

    I noticed a remark by Colin Barnhorst stating " If you are installing Vista
    x86 then do so from the XP desktop. That will rationalize drive letter
    assignments in Vista better."

    Hmmm...i installed Vista from a reboot.

    Question is, is there any way of getting both sync'd correctly drive letter
    wise?? If not, will i experience any problems between the two OS's??

    Any help from the local gurus (and all others) will be greatly appreciated!


    TIA,


    Ray

    *********************

    "I know men, and Jesus Christ is not a man. Superficial minds see a
    resemblance between Christ and the founder of empires, and the gods of other
    religions. That resemblance does not exist. There is between Christ and all
    other religions whatsoever the distance of infinity; from the first day to
    the last He is the same -- always the same, majestic and simple, infinitely
    firm and infinitely gentle."
    - Napoleon, Comte de Montholon Recit de la Captiv. de l'Emp. Napoleon, cited
    in Farrar 81
     
    mikeyhsd, Oct 12, 2006
    #3
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