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Hard disk letter assignment

by rnald666 / January 19, 2006 8:13 AM PST

Can anyone advise please?
I have Windows XP Home installed as the 'C:\'drive.
I have been given and installed another reformatted hard drive to use as a backup, which shows as being the 'E:\' drive.
I would like to install Windows 98SE on this second disk and, in an effort to do so, disconnected the 'C:\' drive. Using what were the 'C:\' drive's power and ribbon connections to activate the proposed backup hard disk, I unsuccessfully attempted to install Windows 98SE, due to the fact that I cannot change the drive letter from 'C:\WINDOWS' to 'E:\WIN98' at the commencement of the installation.
Perhaps this is not possible and would be grateful if anyone can advise me or has the solution? Thank you.

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The first hard drive is the C: drive...
by Edward ODaniel / January 19, 2006 4:33 PM PST

and if you have two drives and disconnect the first the second becomes the first and thus becomes the C: drive.

What you are attempting is not supported but there is a method that will work IF you follow directions carefully and step by step in sequence.

How can I install Windows 98 after Windows XP?

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The first hard drive is the C: drive...
by rnald666 / January 19, 2006 11:55 PM PST

Edeward : - Many thanks for your response.Very helpful.
Prior to actually carrying out the process you recommended, I checked the viability of WINNT.EXE on the Widows XP CD which informed me that the installed version was more up to date than the XP CD version. (Probably SP and security downloads?) and installation was terminated. Can I proceed given the above information?
Thanks again for your courtesy, time and expertise.

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As per the link...
by Edward ODaniel / January 20, 2006 4:38 AM PST

the ONLY time you need be concerned with the Winsows XP installation program (WINNT.EXE) is if you can't boot from the Windows XP CD. In that case you run the command VIA the Win 98 Boot Diskette which eventually gets you to the Recovery Console option (Step 7) because that is where you can run the FIXBOOT command from that repairs the boot loader.

So to make a long story short, yes you can go ahead if you remember to follow the instructions STEP-BY-STEP and without skipping anything.

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As per the link...
by rnald666 / January 20, 2006 8:06 PM PST
In reply to: As per the link...

Edward...Objective realised, thanks to you. Greatly appreciated. Ronnie

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