Re: Dual boot-active OS always on C drive?
> The "other" OS is always on drive "D".
> No third party boot manager installed.
What you need to remember here is that the installation for Windows
Vista was started from within Windows XP, and was told to be installed
to drive D:. Its impossible to change this, as there are literally
1000's of entries in the registry that reference files pointing to D:,
and all the shortcuts.
Perhaps someone her can show you how to remove the Vista installation
safely, after which you'll need to start the Vista installation by
booting from the DVD. That way, when you start XP, it will be in the C:
and Vista will be D:. Starting to Vista will put Vista into C: and XP
It sounds all confusing, so I apologise, but drive letters are really
assigned by the OS. The whole idea of the system being on C: is not all
too important any way, It's a throwback from the days where computers
had two floppy drives called A: and B:, and a C: hard disk was a luxury.
MSDOS hard-coded the requirement of the first hard disk to be the C: to
minimize its code base while all at the same time making it easier to
add a hard disk.
It seams as though we're finally getting out of the whole need to name
drives this way. Vista is the first OS I know of that has the option of
hiding the drive letters.
My real advice to you is this then. You can either reformat both your
drives and setup the dual-boot correctly by running the installers by
booting from the CD/DVD media, or you can do the same and install only
Vista (which will have the advantage of freing up the "XP" hard drive
for use with data).
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