Re-establishing Windows and my Boot Drive

Posted: 01-06-2009, 03:26 AM
I had a catastrophic failure of my Dell Dimension 510 computer. It came with
XP but I bought and installed Vista 32 and then lost the installation disc.
I've been operating in the Vista environment for a couple of years prior to
the computer failure, and have all my programs installed on the C:\ drive.

In an act of desperation I decided to use the Dell OS reinstall disc that
came with the computer to see if I could get the computer back operating
again. During the install process I was asked which drive on which to install
XP. The first choice offered by the install program was my E:\ drive,
probably because it had the most free space. The C:\ drive where my programs
and Vista OS reside is almost full. Also, I figured that if I’m really lucky
I may be able to boot into Vista if I learn a little and it the XP
installation got my computer back.

Well, after several hours I have indeed got my computer back. It now boots
from the E:\ drive into XP. I decided to open MS Excel by going to the
program exe and to create a shortcut onto my desktop, and found that MS
Office won’t allow that (error message). I suspect that many of my other
programs will balk also. I then decided to change my drive letters using the
Computer Management utility and it will not allow me to change the name of my
C:\ drive or my boot drive (E:\).

I’m at the point now where I’m just contented to have my computer back, and
I’ll forget about getting Vista back. I probably have more than 50 programs
on my old C:\ drive and it would be great not to have to reinstall them, but
I do recall during the OS install that my E:\ drive was reformatted. So my
questions are:

1. Is there any way short of purchasing additional OS software to get my C:\
drive back as my boot drive (with XP)?
2. Is there some way to change my drive letters so that my programs know
where their home is and boot from a different drive?

I am just about to the point reformatting my old E:\ drive where XP
currently resides and re-doing the install process by allowing the Dell XP
install disc to reformat the old C:\ drive and install XP there. This will
of course delete all of my programs. I just thought I’d post my dilemma here
in case one of you gurus has some advice. I already have moved my data files
to an external HDD so at least I’ll be able to save those.

Thanks for any help that you can provide.

Re-establishing Windows and my Boot Drive


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Shenan Stanley
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Re: Re-establishing Windows and my Boot Drive
Posted: 01-06-2009, 04:25 AM
Lee Beck wrote:
> I had a catastrophic failure of my Dell Dimension 510 computer. It
> came with XP but I bought and installed Vista 32 and then lost the
> installation disc. I've been operating in the Vista environment for
> a couple of years prior to the computer failure, and have all my
> programs installed on the C:\ drive.
>
> In an act of desperation I decided to use the Dell OS reinstall
> disc that came with the computer to see if I could get the computer
> back operating again. During the install process I was asked which
> drive on which to install XP. The first choice offered by the
> install program was my E:\ drive, probably because it had the most
> free space. The C:\ drive where my programs and Vista OS reside is
> almost full. Also, I figured that if I'm really lucky I may be
> able to boot into Vista if I learn a little and it the XP
> installation got my computer back.
>
> Well, after several hours I have indeed got my computer back. It
> now boots from the E:\ drive into XP. I decided to open MS Excel
> by going to the program exe and to create a shortcut onto my
> desktop, and found that MS Office won't allow that (error message).
> I suspect that many of my other programs will balk also. I then
> decided to change my drive letters using the Computer Management
> utility and it will not allow me to change the name of my C:\ drive
> or my boot drive (E:\).
>
> I'm at the point now where I'm just contented to have my computer
> back, and I'll forget about getting Vista back. I probably have
> more than 50 programs on my old C:\ drive and it would be great not
> to have to reinstall them, but I do recall during the OS install
> that my E:\ drive was reformatted. So my questions are:
>
> 1. Is there any way short of purchasing additional OS software to
> get my C:\ drive back as my boot drive (with XP)?
> 2. Is there some way to change my drive letters so that my programs
> know where their home is and boot from a different drive?
>
> I am just about to the point reformatting my old E:\ drive where XP
> currently resides and re-doing the install process by allowing the
> Dell XP install disc to reformat the old C:\ drive and install XP
> there. This will of course delete all of my programs. I just
> thought I'd post my dilemma here in case one of you gurus has some
> advice. I already have moved my data files to an external HDD so
> at least I'll be able to save those.
>
> Thanks for any help that you can provide.
1. Format completely (using Windows XP) and you can get C back as your boot
drive.
2. They are not installed in Windows XP at all. They may reside on the same
computer, but the registry entries, shared DLLs, etc are not there for XP -
you are out of luck.

You need to get your actual important stuff off (stuff you made -
favorites/bookmarks, documents, emails, pictures, etc. Be sure you have all
your product keys/installation media/serial numbers too) and do a proper
format.

--
Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
--
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html


DL
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Re: Re-establishing Windows and my Boot Drive
Posted: 01-06-2009, 10:01 AM
To install winxp on C (the old Vista drive) requires a clean install,
nothing else you can do other than locate your Vista CD or obtain a
replacement from MS if you can provide proof of purchase


"Lee Beck" <LeeBeck@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:9B6646ED-80BE-4702-9141-E6A3E5858FA3@microsoft.com...
>I had a catastrophic failure of my Dell Dimension 510 computer. It came
>with
> XP but I bought and installed Vista 32 and then lost the installation
> disc.
> I've been operating in the Vista environment for a couple of years prior
> to
> the computer failure, and have all my programs installed on the C:\ drive.
>
> In an act of desperation I decided to use the Dell OS reinstall disc that
> came with the computer to see if I could get the computer back operating
> again. During the install process I was asked which drive on which to
> install
> XP. The first choice offered by the install program was my E:\ drive,
> probably because it had the most free space. The C:\ drive where my
> programs
> and Vista OS reside is almost full. Also, I figured that if I'm really
> lucky
> I may be able to boot into Vista if I learn a little and it the XP
> installation got my computer back.
>
> Well, after several hours I have indeed got my computer back. It now
> boots
> from the E:\ drive into XP. I decided to open MS Excel by going to the
> program exe and to create a shortcut onto my desktop, and found that MS
> Office won't allow that (error message). I suspect that many of my other
> programs will balk also. I then decided to change my drive letters using
> the
> Computer Management utility and it will not allow me to change the name of
> my
> C:\ drive or my boot drive (E:\).
>
> I'm at the point now where I'm just contented to have my computer back,
> and
> I'll forget about getting Vista back. I probably have more than 50
> programs
> on my old C:\ drive and it would be great not to have to reinstall them,
> but
> I do recall during the OS install that my E:\ drive was reformatted. So
> my
> questions are:
>
> 1. Is there any way short of purchasing additional OS software to get my
> C:\
> drive back as my boot drive (with XP)?
> 2. Is there some way to change my drive letters so that my programs know
> where their home is and boot from a different drive?
>
> I am just about to the point reformatting my old E:\ drive where XP
> currently resides and re-doing the install process by allowing the Dell XP
> install disc to reformat the old C:\ drive and install XP there. This
> will
> of course delete all of my programs. I just thought I'd post my dilemma
> here
> in case one of you gurus has some advice. I already have moved my data
> files
> to an external HDD so at least I'll be able to save those.
>
> Thanks for any help that you can provide.

Lee Beck
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Re: Re-establishing Windows and my Boot Drive
Posted: 01-06-2009, 02:21 PM
Thanks. That was my assumption but based on only a moderate level of
expertise. Knowing that there is no way to reasonably revert to XP and
recover my programs makes it a little easier mentally to format the drive
with all my programs.

I'll reformat C and E and install XP on C:\. Then I'll begin reinstalling
my programs.

Thanks for confirming my assumptions. My biggest fear was formatting C and
then learning that with a simple command or a couple of routines I could have
salvaged Vista and/or my programs.

BTW - I probably could prove that I purchased Vista and convince MSFT to
give me a product key, but I never found it to be substantially better than
XP for my use, so I'll just revert to XP.

"Shenan Stanley" wrote:
> Lee Beck wrote:
> > I had a catastrophic failure of my Dell Dimension 510 computer. It
> > came with XP but I bought and installed Vista 32 and then lost the
> > installation disc. I've been operating in the Vista environment for
> > a couple of years prior to the computer failure, and have all my
> > programs installed on the C:\ drive.
> >
> > In an act of desperation I decided to use the Dell OS reinstall
> > disc that came with the computer to see if I could get the computer
> > back operating again. During the install process I was asked which
> > drive on which to install XP. The first choice offered by the
> > install program was my E:\ drive, probably because it had the most
> > free space. The C:\ drive where my programs and Vista OS reside is
> > almost full. Also, I figured that if I'm really lucky I may be
> > able to boot into Vista if I learn a little and it the XP
> > installation got my computer back.
> >
> > Well, after several hours I have indeed got my computer back. It
> > now boots from the E:\ drive into XP. I decided to open MS Excel
> > by going to the program exe and to create a shortcut onto my
> > desktop, and found that MS Office won't allow that (error message).
> > I suspect that many of my other programs will balk also. I then
> > decided to change my drive letters using the Computer Management
> > utility and it will not allow me to change the name of my C:\ drive
> > or my boot drive (E:\).
> >
> > I'm at the point now where I'm just contented to have my computer
> > back, and I'll forget about getting Vista back. I probably have
> > more than 50 programs on my old C:\ drive and it would be great not
> > to have to reinstall them, but I do recall during the OS install
> > that my E:\ drive was reformatted. So my questions are:
> >
> > 1. Is there any way short of purchasing additional OS software to
> > get my C:\ drive back as my boot drive (with XP)?
> > 2. Is there some way to change my drive letters so that my programs
> > know where their home is and boot from a different drive?
> >
> > I am just about to the point reformatting my old E:\ drive where XP
> > currently resides and re-doing the install process by allowing the
> > Dell XP install disc to reformat the old C:\ drive and install XP
> > there. This will of course delete all of my programs. I just
> > thought I'd post my dilemma here in case one of you gurus has some
> > advice. I already have moved my data files to an external HDD so
> > at least I'll be able to save those.
> >
> > Thanks for any help that you can provide.
>
> 1. Format completely (using Windows XP) and you can get C back as your boot
> drive.
> 2. They are not installed in Windows XP at all. They may reside on the same
> computer, but the registry entries, shared DLLs, etc are not there for XP -
> you are out of luck.
>
> You need to get your actual important stuff off (stuff you made -
> favorites/bookmarks, documents, emails, pictures, etc. Be sure you have all
> your product keys/installation media/serial numbers too) and do a proper
> format.
>
> --
> Shenan Stanley
> MS-MVP
> --
> How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
>
>
>
 
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