VolumeID changed on C drive, XP no longer boots

Posted on 2006-03-22
Last Modified: 2008-02-26
I changed the volumeID on my C drive (for reasons I will not detail) and when I rebooted the computer, it hangs just before loading the OS, which is Windows XP.  If I knew the original volumeID I would re-load it, but I don't know it.  Is there a simple way to fix this problem?  Hopefully there is, cause I sure as hell don't want to start over with that computer.
Question by:JeanBisson
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    couple things can do:

    1) boot computer plugging into network. go to another computer and connect network registry. navigate to the keys listed in the articles below:

    2) i have done this one before myself - if remote desktop was enabled, boot computer and go to another computer on the network and remote into it. even though it is stuck at the windows xp logo screen locally, you can get in using terminal services. once in, your programs will not work right and all because of the drive letter change and you will see your shortcuts will have the empty icon look, BUT, BUT you can right click on a shortcut for lets say, Microsoft Word and view its properties and see what drive it pointed to. this will tell you what the drive letter was. now you can use these instructions to change it either by remote registry or within your remote desktop session:

    3) do a repair using a windows xp cd will also work.

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    Thank you skydiver6699, I did try yesterday your option 3, I repaired the boot sector with the XP CD using the fixboot program.  I just didn't think that changing a volume id would cause the boot sector to no longer work, I kept on thinking that the OS no longer booted because the id had changed.  Everything is fine now.

    From an ex-skydiver myself.


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