OS Drive named I:/ can't auto run printer sw

May 18, 2009 at 08:16:27
Specs: Windows XP
Hi - my mother has been given a PC, which is running XP. Instead of software and os residing in c:/ like normal the person who built it named it i:/. I'm trying to install an HP printer but the printer software is looking to load drivers and everything else into c:/ so just stops. On top of this the printer (usb)connection isn't even detected by the computer. Can anyone help with advice to either change i: to c: or to tell the printer software to put stuff in i:? Thanks in advance,

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#1
May 18, 2009 at 08:23:00
with the advent of card readers and usb drives it has become rare the OS is on c: anymore. Unless you are installing a much older driver/printer this is usually not a problem. Most installs allow you to decide where they will install or they read the %system% variable to know where to go.

You can't change i: to c: without a complete reinstall.

With older software you can try coping the contents to a folder on i: and then find the install or setup.inf file. Edit it to change c: to i: and you should be fine.


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#2
May 18, 2009 at 08:50:38
Thanks for the advice - another problem may then be that there is another drive called downloads and software, could this be where the hp software is trying to load? At no point in the software load does it ask me where to place it........

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#3
May 18, 2009 at 09:22:39
To help with any future complications, I would remove all add-on
drives, and partitions, if she has an XP CD, and drivers.

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
How to install or upgrade to Windows XP


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#4
May 18, 2009 at 10:42:22
ColinL sounds like you are trying to run the program from the web. Download it. Then run it. I have always been asked for location. My c: is a small c: 125meg partition so I don't install anything there.

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#5
May 18, 2009 at 13:53:35
Thanks again guys, answer may be that I think the USB hub has been fried, possibly by me - nothing else usb is working now - will try a new usb card...and try again and try not to connect and disconnect when the device is powered up - doh!

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