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Windows 7 starting in D: instead of C:


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varunj

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Hi guys,
I am new to this forum but after searching high ad low, had to resort to asking the question myself.

Basically, my Windows 7 install is starting up with D: as default instead of C: as default - which I've been used to for the last 10 years with Windows systems!

I think this is also the reason why my user profile is not loading up, and I get a temp profile everytime.

Leading up to this mess, I had performed many activities, any of which could have caused this.

Initially, I had a setup with WinXP, Win7 and Ubuntu installed - all working absolutely fine.

The setup was something along the lines of:
sda1 winxp (ntfs, primary partition)
sda2 win7 (ntfs, logical partition)
sda5 ubuntu (ntfs, logical partition)

I no longer required winXP, so deleted the partition. This killed the boot setup of my computer, and I had to try all the win7 tools to rebuild the mbr, etc. (/fixboot, /fixmbr, /rebuildbcd, etc.) This didn't it running.

My current state of the harddrive is:
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 26602 213680533+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 26603 38159 92824515 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda3 38160 38913 6056505 2 XENIX root
/dev/sda5 26603 30343 30049519+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 30344 30510 1341396 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 30511 38159 61432528+ 7 HPFS/NTFS


Then I used a livecd to reinstall grub to the mbr. This got Ubuntu running again.

I edited menu.lst, and got Windows 7 to boot by adding the following:

title Microsoft Windows 7
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
boot


Now, for some reason, my Windows 7 boots up, but in D:

Can someone please help me out getting it started in C: instead? If you need any more system details, please let me know.

Thanks a lot
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phillipcorcoran

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You should remove ALL partitions currently on the physical drive using drive-management software which runs from a bootable CD (for example, Paragon Hard Disk Manager: http://www.paragon-s.../hdm-personal/)

The free trial should suffice for a "one off" use. Then you will be able to install Windows from scratch on to a single partition which fills the whole drive, instead of getting in such a mess with multiple partitions.
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Or you can use Easeus and not have to worry about a free trial since it is free altogether and works great.
Here is a link...

http://download.cnet...4-10863346.html
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varunj

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Thanks guys for the help, but I managed to change the Windows operating system drive letter back to C:, but following the guidelines in the following tutorial: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188

Hope I haven't messed up things further, but reformatting everything is not something I can afford right now.

Thanks anyways
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