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#1 2/24/08 7:42 PM

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It happens to the best of us, you go to install Windows, only to find out your HDD labels are reversed, i.e. C: Files, D: Windows. I decided to put together a guide on how to right the install wrong.

1. Make sure you're logged in as the top account (admin, etc)

2. Start --> Run --> Regedit.exe

3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices key.

4. Right-click \DosDevices\C:, and then click Rename.

5. Rename it to an unused drive letter "\DosDevices\J:".

6. Find the drive letter you want changed. Look for "\DosDevices\D:".

7. Right-click \DosDevices\D:, and then click Rename.

8. Rename it to the appropriate (new) drive letter "\DosDevices\C:".

9. Click the value for \DosDevices\J:, click Rename, and name it back= to "\DosDevices\D:". (Or whatever you used)

10. Restart your system

This now gives us two possible outcomes. Either your system restarts fine and you're up and running without a hitch, or you now have to reinstall. On reinstall of Windows, it will have your drives properly setup at the format screen and will have correct drive letters once the reinstall is complete. In most cases, I've seen a 50/50 chance of one of the outcomes happening.


2/24/08 7:42 PM

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