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Windows on W:, How to change the system partition
post Aug 19 2008, 12:18 PM
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Here is a cute trick i made work with Windows XP SP3. It's handy for creating source disks for projects for CD-based hard disks.

You can change the boot letter of Windows to anything, including a single partition of letter W:

1.  Run install (from bootable cdrom)
    * create a single partition
    * stop at the reboot stage
2.  Use a winpe to modify registry
     *  reg load HKLM\setup c:\windows\system32\config\system
     *  regedit:  navigate to HKLM\Setup\MountedDevices
    * Rename key "C:" to "W:"
    * exit registry
    * reg unload HKLM\Setup
3.  Let setup continue.

What lies in the image can now be configured for use in a real cdrom, for example. Here the gif shows WINXP SP3 in Virtual PC. This allocates a 16 GB drive to this OS, but i limited it to 4. Use things to gut this down to something more decent for your applications.

You can then do things like set up EWF and the Ramdisk from 2003 SP1 to do nice things (like load to ram). Still, it's a start.

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post Aug 19 2008, 05:57 PM
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Thanx! that is exactly what i was looking for! (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/thumbup.gif) (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/thumbup.gif)
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