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Moving XP to Boot Drive

By MRA2 ·
My System was a Dual Boot Win XP or Win 98SE. I got that part removed. WIn 98SE is on the Boot Drive (C) while Win XP is on the D Drive (A different physical HD - Slave)
I want to put Win XP on the Boot Drive and have the computer boot up to Win XP. Is there any way to copy the files from the D Drive. I's rather not run a re-install of Win XP since then I would have to re-install a bunch of programs.

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Moving XP to Boot Drive

The easiest way to move the os is to reinstall. More complicated is to find a program such as coa32.exe that searches the registry for references to d: and replaces them with c:. then you will need to modify the boot.ini file and change the path of the statup drive such as "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect". I can not guarantee that this will work as I have never done this before. It may be missing many steps. I have always reinstalled to make it a cleaner process. Try googleing and see if that brings up any software that will do this for you.

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Oh by the way, make sure you have a full backup before doing any of this. This is a very risy operation and may result in dataloss, hdd corruption etc. The registry also contains references to the hdd's by hardware not drive letter so this throws another spin on the task.

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