I accepted the offer to update my Windows gaming box to Windows 11, confident that by now Microsoft had the time to iron out any glitches in the update procedure, but...
@codewiz Is it that your two drives have swapped between C&D due to a misunderstanding with the BIOS about who is the first drive?
@codewiz i have not had many Problems with Proton so far, but Elite Dangerous is on suspension because my hotas is still not delivered. Original Delivery Date was October 2020 lol.
@codewiz Sure. Diskpart can reassign letters. Or Acronis DD.
@1lyaP The last line in the article reads:
Don’t bother trying to change your C: drive, because that’s not going to work.
here's how to use fix commands:
@codewiz But, if there are no installation media or usb flash, you won't be able to change System drive letter, if I remember correctly. You should boot from installation media, click on Additional options on first screen and start command prompt. There enter diskpart and change letter.
@codewiz yep, that's it 😀
Looks like Intel Wifi driver crashed, Netwtw06.sys: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/repeated-crashes-due-to-netwtw06sys-failure/36218cc2-eb6c-4807-b422-f7ed11128130
@1lyaP Wait a second... this is not at all Windows 11!
The DOS prompt says "windows 10.0.17134.1246", which corresponds Windows 10 1803 from April 2018!!!
Did the Windows 11 updater resuscitate the boot manager for a zombie Windows install on one of my drives?
@1lyaP I have a couple of smallish SSD drives rescued from my old Lenovo laptops, so it's entirely possible that one of them still had the original Windows install on it...
@codewiz You tried to upgrade your system, but it failed, didn't finished. So - it's your old Windows. It's just additionally broken while migrating user data.
Or you've booted already from some installation media? Or, if a computer is a branded notebook, most have a special recovery partition to restore whole PC with a single button and it can be that version.
@1lyaP No, now I'm sure: that was *really* an old Windows instance from 2018 for which there was no UEFI boot menu entry! I see another boot entry at the bottom of the list that could very well be my freshly updated Windows 11:
@codewiz aha! looks like there are 2 Windows boot managers and 2 bcd databases on different drives of your PC 😀 that is the reason why installer got crazy and changed disk letters - by default it tries to find ALL windows installations and add them as a bootable records)
@1lyaP Fuck yeah! 🎊
I guess it's also my fault for having so many drives and trying to boot several operating systems on this old hack box 😅
UEFI made booting PCs a lot more complex. I also broke Arch Linux a couple of times in the past, and figuring out the correct Inca ration for the UEFI boot vars, along with all the files that go in the EFI boot partition, was always so painful.
The PC architecture should be taught to all engineers as a case-study of how kludgy designs lead to more and more kludges.
@codewiz Agreed. Unfortunately, there are billions of different old devices, which are used in a serious, professional and dangerous environments, and they all need compatibility. We still have 3,5 audio jacks in modern motherboards 😉
@1lyaP Ah yes, does it work reliably now? A few years ago I tried a rollback to see if it would fix a game, and it messed up the system to the point it wasn't booting any more 😂
@codewiz Yep, rollback fixes very few common errors. Doubt it will handle "another drive letter" correctly.
@codewiz Are you seriously asking how you can simultaneously run Windows 11 *and* not be completely screwed?
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