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Dual Boot Attempt - XP Boot Drive Letter Changed


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Hey everyone,

 

I'm having a problem with my Windows XP Pro installation after I installed Leopard from the Kalyway disk. When I initially installed Windows, I partitioned my SATA drive with an NTFS partition on half the drive, and I left the rest blank intending to install OS X later. My Windows drive was assigned the letter E: for some reason.

 

Now, I attempted to set up a dual-boot system using the instructions here (http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=39253&st=0). The install went fine and Leopard boots up okay, but I couldn't get Windows to boot. It would get stuck at the welcome screen. Eventually, I did a repair install of XP, which took way longer than it should have (it was stuck at "27 minutes left" for at least 30 or 45 minutes). Once the repair install finished, I was able to boot into Windows, but it took a long time to boot. It would sit on the welcome screen for a few minutes before finally loading Windows. Once it booted, however, a lot of stuff wasn't working - the background was missing, AVG wouldn't start up, and I finally determined that my drive letter had changed to C:.

 

Now I'm clueless as to how to fix this problem. I'm not sure if the repair installation may have fixed some of the references to the drive, but not all of them. Does anyone know if I can fix this situation? I've tried the solution presented here (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188), but that only resulted in it getting stuck at the welcome screen again. Can anyone help me fix this problem? Pleeeeeeaaaaaase.

 

Thanks,

Alex

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Thanks. I managed to figure it out. When I first set up my Leopard partition, the drive letter changed, but I wasn't yet aware of it. Since all of the paths now pointed to the old drive letter, Windows wouldn't boot at all. I then ran a repair install, which set all of the Windows paths to the new, incorrect drive letter. This allowed Windows to boot, but all of my applications still pointed to the old drive letter, so things were still pretty screwy. I then followed the instructions here to change the boot drive letter referenced by Windows. Since all of the Windows paths still pointed to the incorrect drive letter, Windows failed to boot again. I eventually figured out that I need to run another repair install, which set all of the Windows paths back to the correct drive letter. After that, everything came back to life and worked perfectly.

 

Now I just have to figure out how to get networking going in Leopard. Thanks for the help!

 

Alex

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Well, it happened again when I reformatted the Leopard partition and reinstalled OS X. You can read the how and why of it on my blog: http://tsensus.com/2008/02/fix-an-incorrec...-in-windows-xp/. I'm not trying to blog spam or anything (hell, I don't even have ads on my blog at this point), just thought it might be useful if anyone else comes across the same problem in the future.

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