Any way to keep drive letters when setting up Windows 8.1?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by aka2k, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. aka2k

    aka2k MDL Novice

    Nov 2, 2010
    I used to prevent my hard drives letters from changing by installing Windows 7 and 8 from Windows 2003. Sadly, can't do that anymore since Windows 8.1 files aren't compatible with my Windows 2003, so the setup from there fails.

    To cut short the story, I don't really want to install Windows 8 and then 8.1 from it, it's time consuming. Is there a way to setup Windows 8.1 from a bootable media and still keep my drive letters as I have right now? I want to install the Windows 8.1 on the E: partition, keeping my Windows 2003 on D:\ partition. Sorry if this has been asked before, couldn't find anything on this forum. Or around the internet, as a matter of fact. And, yes, I do need to keep Windows 8.1 specifically on E: partition for a number of particular reasons, but especially for convenience.
  2. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

    Dec 6, 2011
    If you are going to have multiple versions of windows so you can dual boot (in my case 5 versions), whichever version you choose to boot up will consider itself to be C: The other drives will rearrange the letters to fit. However it is relatively easy to change the letters. I do it this way: I put the DVD to Z: to get it out of the way. I put the other versions of Windows next V:, W:, X:, and Y: for the same reason to get them out of the way. I set up each version of windows the same way. Other drives Like Photos, Music, Movies, etc., are D:, E:, F:, etc. and they are the same on each version of windows.
  3. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

    Feb 19, 2011
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  4. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

    Dec 21, 2012
    Not that easy. :p It is considered C: only if it is a Primary partition. Windows OS installed to a Logical Drive on an Extended partition keeps the drive letters.
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  5. aka2k

    aka2k MDL Novice

    Nov 2, 2010
    gonna try this one later, hope it helps. Thanks a lot for the info. :)