JSI Tip 2596. How do I change the System/Boot drive letter in Windows 2000?

If breaking a mirror or adding hardware has changed your System/Boot drive letter, and you can not change it back in Disk Management, use the following procedure while logged on as an Administrator:

NOTE: DriveWrong refers to the current incorrect drive letter. DriveNew referes to the original drive letter.

1. Use Regedt32 to grant Administrators Full Control on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, using Security / Permissions. Exit Regedt32.

2. Using Regedit, locate the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\DriveNew: value name.

3. Right-click and rename it to an unused letter, such as \DosDevices\Z:. This makes the DriveNew letter available for step 4.

4. Right-click the \DosDevices\DriveWrong: value name and rename it to \DosDevices\DriveNew:.

5. Select the \DosDevices\Z: value name and rename it to \DosDevices\DriveWrong:.

6. Exit Regedit and start Regedt32. Change the Administrator permissions on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices to Read.

7. Check / change the PagingFiles drive letters.

8. Restart your computer.

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