Can I reconcile altered logical drive letters in Win'95(a) registry?
Posted on 2001-08-06
Preparing to upgrade from Win'95 version A to Win'98 upgrade 2nd Edition I may have gotten myself into a hopeless situation with regard to maintaining access to all of my extensive previously loaded applications which I really DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO RELOAD AGAIN. I use System Commander Deluxe which allows selection of which OS to boot upon startup. The manual said safest way to upgrade is to install new OS into a separate partition. So, I deleted an empty 2GB logical G: in Extended partition area of Drive-0 hoping to recreate a new G: in the Primary partition area after shrinking Extended partition and growing Primary partition. What happened was the new partition on Drive-0 came back as K: (in Extended area but showing as a "Primary"), AND logical drive letters H:,I:,J:, and K: on Drive-1 were all shifted back one letter (D: remained unchanged). Now it appears that some of my applications have just vanished because the registry doesn't coincide with the altered drive letters. I hear that Win NT 4.0 System Administrator allows changing drive letter designations but I don't know if there's a way to do it in Win'95(a)??? My partitions are all valid, free of virus', and defragmented. (I have installed: Norton Utilities, Partition Magic, and Cleansweep which has a pretty good registry edit utility. Also a CD-R drive.)
I only mentioned the above as possible tools to accomplish my goal of ugrading to Win98 without having to reload all of my applications. I assume Win'98 will be able to convert the Win'95 Registry if it is correct. So it seems to me I have two options: 1) restore logical drive letters to what they were before some of them got shifted by using the System Commander partitioning tool (which has no undo feature); or, 2) Ugh, cleanup hundreds of registry entries for applications now residing on different drive letters. I currently have the same number of logical drive letters I had originally, it's just that G:,H:,I:,J:, and K: are not what they used to be. I'm thinking if I delete and re-create again, they'll probably all shift one more position.