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    Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
    « on: August 15, 2011, 09:20:18 AM »
    Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified it to go on drive D, and let DOS 6.22 go on drive C? I have DOS on, but it's not only on the wrong default drive, but I don't have a boot loader, so I can't see, access MS-DOS.

    I also have another question. When I installed DOS, and it was successful. I have an LCD Monitor. It's not an older monitor. I can't see, or even look at the command responses. How can I fix everything? Thank you!

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    Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
    « Reply #1 on: August 15, 2011, 09:42:08 AM »
    One question at a time.
    Windows 7 goes on the partition you specify. Unlike Windows XP, it will  assign the drive letter to be C:. This is by design. It is an improvement. Some many applications insist on installing of the C: drive, so this lets them.
    I just now did a install of Windows XP and had the hardest time getting the drivers right, The installer kept wanting g to put stuff o n C: while my XP was o n D:. Hard to double check everything and install by hand until it was right.

    Here it is from the horse's mouth:
    Why Windows-7 always install to Drive C: ?

    The article suggest that you could install 10 instances of Windows 7 on 10 partitions and each would be drive C:. Go figure.

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    Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
    « Reply #2 on: August 15, 2011, 09:51:19 AM »
    Did you have anything plugged into a usb port when you installed Windows?

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      Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
      « Reply #3 on: August 15, 2011, 10:29:12 AM »
      I am trying it again.

      How come I can't see the commands on an LCD screen? I remember when I did had an older screen there was no problems at all. Are there anyway to adjust the settings?

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        Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
        « Reply #4 on: August 15, 2011, 10:54:21 AM »
        It went on the different drives again. I tried everything.

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        Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
        « Reply #5 on: August 15, 2011, 12:02:35 PM »
        Did you have anything plugged into a usb port when you installed Windows?

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        Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
        « Reply #6 on: August 15, 2011, 02:42:18 PM »
        DOS has to reside on C:...however you need an earlier version of Windows installed on C: as well to prevent 7 from overwriting the C: partition...and having the boot option present and recognised by 7...Win2K is a good choice for a newer machine.
        The other option would be to install DOS in VM and use it from there.
           
         
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        Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
        « Reply #7 on: August 15, 2011, 03:19:56 PM »
        ...The other option would be to install DOS in VM and use it from there.
        That's how I do it.  Runs faster on Win7, than it ever ran native on any machine.
        I use Virtual PC 2007, even though it's not supported on Win7-64.

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        Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
        « Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011, 03:46:18 PM »
        That's how I do it.  Runs faster on Win7, than it ever ran native on any machine.
        I use Virtual PC 2007, even though it's not supported on Win7-64.

        I have MS-DOS 6.22 on VMWare Player on Win7 64

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          Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
          « Reply #9 on: August 18, 2011, 04:48:17 AM »


          Thank you for all the replies.

          No, I had nothing plugged into the USB ports.

          I don't want to use VM. I don't have Win2k either. I prefer a dual of MS-DOS, and Win 7. Are there any other options let, or a work around this, so that Win 7 doesn't overwrite the MS-DOS partition?

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          Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
          « Reply #10 on: August 18, 2011, 05:21:08 AM »
          Another physical HDD...
          Unplug the DOS HDD when installing 7 to the 2nd HDD.
          Then you can use the boot menu to choose which to boot to.

          For the monitor you will need native DOS drivers for the vid card...
             
           
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            Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
            « Reply #11 on: August 18, 2011, 05:35:15 AM »
            Another physical HDD...
            Unplug the DOS HDD when installing 7 to the 2nd HDD.
            Then you can use the boot menu to choose which to boot to.

            For the monitor you will need native DOS drivers for the vid card...

            I have two HDDs. One I don't use which is my external. I am technically trying to install DOS first, and then Win 7 as a dual boot all on my one internal HDD. Win 7 is keep overwriting drive C.

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            Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
            « Reply #12 on: August 18, 2011, 05:51:12 AM »
            The 2nd drive would need to be an internal HDD.

            Or you could use System Commander...not Free though.
               
             
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              Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
              « Reply #13 on: August 18, 2011, 06:17:56 AM »
              The 2nd drive would need to be an internal HDD.

              Or you could use System Commander...not Free though.

              I can't put both DOS, and Win 7 both on my internal HDD? That's how I use to do it with XP.

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              Re: Why did Windows 7 go on drive C when I specified D?
              « Reply #14 on: August 18, 2011, 09:37:16 AM »
              I can't put both DOS, and Win 7 both on my internal HDD? That's how I use to do it with XP.
              You got it. Vista and Windows 7 both use a new boot  scheme. You have to use a third-party boot manager to workaround this if you want DOS to see the first partition as its own boot partition.