Ask the Doctor: Oh Say Can You C:

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pastorbob

If I haven't learned anything else in life it is to avoid using the words "always" and "never". That applies even more so when dealing with all versions of Windows.

Case in point: As I write this I am using a computer with three hard drives. My boot drive is drive I: not drive C:. Even if I disconnect all drives except the one with the I: partition and boot up it still has the I: designation.

So much for Windows always assigning C: to the boot drive.

Finally, I have found that the only "stupid questions" are the ones that people don't ask. The only "stupid people" are the ones who are so arrogant that they believe subscribing to a magazine defines them as know it alls in the area of personal computers. Everyone has something to learn in this field no matter how much experience one may have.

You all need to try a serving of humble pie and get over yourselves.

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roninnder

Well, in my experience, the only arrogant people are the ones who believe that they have any idea who or what god might be, or what his will is, pastor.  Stupid people are everywhere asking stupid questions, thereby proving their stupidity.  There's nothing wrong with being stupid or arrogant.  The problem comes when you judge a person, and decide what kind of pie they might or might not need to eat.

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pastorbob

I find it interesting that the discussion concerned a Windows XP issue and you have managed to turn it to religious beliefs and God. Speaking of arrogance - It is arrogant and judgmental to assume that because my user id is pastorbob you have license to attack what you think I believe about God. Nothing in my post was religion based yet you chose to bring God into the discussion.

There was a whole series of comments concerning how stupid the original question is. That my confused friend is arrogant. As far as judging, I did not judge any person, only the comments they left. I think callling somebody stupid just because they ask a question to which the answer seems obvious for some is the epitomy arrogance.  Finally, there is a lot wrong with being arrogant. Arrogance is at the root most of the world's problems.

 

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quadcoregammer

 WOW THIS WAS SMART

 

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caseybiggsconnor

thanks for answering such question... it helps! eventhough the question is hahahahahahaha... you know what i mean... hehehehehehehe... Thanks MPC for continueously educating people... what will happen with the world w/o u...

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bandeezee

Sorry, I thought I might use this opportunity to ask a question I've had about my laptop for some time.  It also did not come with restore disks, but it does have a separate partition that is blocked by PCAngel.  My only assumption is that is where the restoration files are stored; however, I'm not sure how to reinstall windows using this partition since PCAngel never lets me access any documents on that partition.  Any ideas?

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Devo85x

You should have the option to boot to it when you start your computer...

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bandeezee

Yep, you were correct, thanks.  After a little digging, I found I could make backups of the driver files and apps then reboot and hit a key when prompted.  However, my old Gateway laptop still needs the restore discs in order to restore like new (had to order from Gateway).  I was hoping I could burn my entire restore CD/DVD's on my own, but I think that's only on the newer ones.  Time for a new laptop?  Wish I had the money.

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gamesfrager

and you wish you had a "self-destruct" button on the keyboard !

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subzero

The PC probably doesn't need restore disks. If it's a new PC it probably has a restore partion on the drive wich is accessable in the boot menu. There is no such thing as a stupid question, but there are sure alot of inquisitive idiots.

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bcweir

To accuse someone of being a moron without knowing all the facts, that would truly be stupid.

Let's not be an entrant in a race to the bottom, shall we?

 

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lunchbox73

Let's see....the reason a person reads MaximumPC is because they are a computer enthusiast, right? Only a person who reads MaximumPC would know about the Ask The Doctor column. How could this person, who I can only assume is just a little bit of a computer geek by nature, be this stupid?

Am I being too harsh?

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anonuser

As someone said, maybe Windows is installed on the C: partition? You realize that's feasible? You also realize someone that would like to learn about computers could be reading MaximumPC?

Not everyone is as knowledgeable as you might be, and it's better to ask away to more knowledgeable people than do something stupid and irrepairable.

The person who wrote to Ask the doc isn't stupid, it's simply lacking knowledge in the matter.

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lunchbox73

Yeah, I know I come off as an asshole but I still say most people would agree with me that it was a stupid question.

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brainwins

Maybe Windows is not installed in C:?

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Devo85x

Windows always sets the drive letter of the partition it is booting from to C: (in other words, i have a vista,xp,linux, trippleboot, if I boot to vista, it sets the vista partition as C:, if I boot to XP, it sets the XP partition as C:) im sure you can probibly change the drive letter manualy but whats the point?

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majorsuave

I am pretty sure that pre XP windows offered the opportunity to decide what was the drive letter of the main windows disk/partition.

 

But it`s been a looooong while since I installed something older than XP.... I do have a win 2000 installation on a very old pc but, thanks to MPC, I have a nlite created install disk so I don`t bother to look at the install process.

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DerfMcWoowoo

Nope! Harsh Away!!

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