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    Default How to see the hidden partition of Windows 8

    Hi.
    In Windows 8, when I open "My Computer", I cannot see the partition in which I installed this Windows. How can I make this partition visible and accessible?
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: How to see the hidden partition of Windows 8

    This is a definite problem with your installation

    Mine works fine:

    Attachment 712

    As you can see, all 3 of my Partitions show up just fine.

    What happens if you choose Win + E???

    Can you post a couple of screen shots, one of My Computer and one of Win + E

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    Default Re: How to see the hidden partition of Windows 8

    Oh, I'm sorry. Although installed in Drive F, Win 8 shows that it has been installed in C. It only chngaes the "name" of the drive. So we have a shift in our problem: I do have access to the Win 8 drive, but I cannot see my real Drive C where I have installed Win XP. Of course, when I am in XP, I have no problem at all; only Win 8 has this problem.
    (unfortunately my "Print Screen" function does NOT work!!!!!)

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    Default Re: How to see the hidden partition of Windows 8

    The active drive will always be assigned to Drive C. When you are booted to Win 8 it will be Drive C. When you boot to Win XP it will be Drive C.

    There are many free Screen Grab apps available. Google shows a bunch. Use one of them to grab a Screen Shot if Prt Sc is not working.

    Although I cannot find the reference right now, I believe I read somewhere that Win 8 does not recognize Win XP as a valid OS and as such when Booted to Win 8 RP you will not see the Win XP partition.
    Last edited by Medico; 06-15-2012 at 01:18 PM.

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    Default Re: How to see the hidden partition of Windows 8

    Thanks a lot. Got it.
    Now when I'm in Win 8, how can I see the contents of my REAL Drive C (the one containing Win XP)?

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    Default Re: How to see the hidden partition of Windows 8

    Since Win 8 does not recognize Win XP as a valid OS, you can't.

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    Default Re: How to see the hidden partition of Windows 8

    The only thing that I see at boot as far as XP goes is "Earlier Version of Windows". Not XP.

    BTW, same thing shows when using Windows 7's boot menu. While on Windows 8 CP (I don't usually use this one), it just shows as the drive letter.

    Cat

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