Monday, March 25, 2013

How to install Windows Server 2008 r2 to D:

This is the only way I've found so far that actually works to put Windows 2008 server on D:

  • Install Windows 2008 on C: (you will trash this later, get used to wasting time)
  • After successful installation, use the storage manager to change the name of the CD-ROM drive to R: and reboot (rebooting is important, don't skip it)
  • Use the Registry editor in Administrator mode to rename key  HKLM\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\DosDevices\C: to D:
  • Reboot, and windows will act stupid
  • Start task manager to run Explorer as administrator
  • Run Windows Setup from your CD, and install again (this time to D:), and do NOT upgrade
  • Eventually you'll have a system installed on D:, and a Windows.old directory to nuke.
It took me about 30 hours to figure this out, I hope I save you some grief.

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