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Hi everyone,

I have a random issue on several work laptops that are all the same build pretty much. Here is the set up so you know the full story.

We have several (don't know the exact number/never counted) MSI GE60 work ("work") laptops for running our company software. Probably around 8. They were purchased with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD. They were promptly upgraded as soon as we got them in.

They have:
(C:) 128GB or 256GB mSATA SSD boot drive (it was whatever we had sitting around that wasn't being used right now)
(D:) 512GB SSD for media and storage
16GB of RAM (all new sticks)

Everything was done on the OS side from scratch in exactly the same way.

Each computer has Windows 8.1 Pro x64 installed on the mSATA with normal office software only. Nothing fancy. Drives are ordered like above in the main OS where C is the mSATA and D is the 512GB SSD.
Each computer, to alleviate mass updating situations, has a dual boot with a VHDX of Windows 8.1 Pro x64 which contains our work software which is broadcast TV station stuff. Since things change, it is easier to roll out a new VHDX on the network via gigabit transfer than to manually update each person's laptop one at a time. The VHDX is stored on drive D (512GB SSD) so it can expand and be happy living in a big drive.

Here is where it gets tricky. The dual booting works flawlessly with the exception that roughly half of the computers incorrectly stack the drive letters on boot to the VHDX. This is extremely important as we have the company broadcast software configured to pull things such as a local MS SQL database, MAM, media files, templates, etc from drive letter D, aka the large 512 SSD.

On boot to the VHDX on the machines that incorrectly stack the drive letters, this happens:
C drive has the VHDX drive as normal
D drive is the 128GB of 256GB mSATA (master OS drive)
E drive is the 512GB SSD with media storage

On the VHDX in the machines that correctly stack the drive letters, D and E drives are switched.

Of course, it is impossible to change drive letters when you are currently booted into an OS that is using both C and E at the same time. This is a problem to fix this and I'm not sure how else to do this.

I left out the DVD optical drive from the machines as they always get put in last place in the ordering without an issue.

If anyone has any suggestions to fix this drive ordering issue within the VHDX, it would be much appreciated. This is a really weird issue and it happened to both my colleague and I on the ones we worked on.

As a side odd issue, my colleague worked on several laptops setting up the boot manager and he used BCDEdit which reset the pretty blue OS selector screen to the plain old black/white one. Is there a way to reset the display to the new Windows 8.1 one? Not critically important, but just a side question wink.gif

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Ivy Bridge
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe Sapphire HD 7970 Vapor-X 3GB GSkill Ripjaws DDR3 2133mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
1x Intel 520 120GB SSD, 2x 2TB, 2x 1TB, 1x 320G... LiteOn Bluray Burner LiteOn DVD Burner Corsair H100 w/ 4x 120mm Cougar fans (push/pull) 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SAMSUNG 32" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV LN32B650 Das Keyboard S Professional Corsair 850W Silver Rated 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
NZXT 810 Switch Logitec MX518 Audio Technica ATH-M50 FiiO E7 w/ AudioQuest Cinnamon USB cable 
Audio
AudioEngine A2 stereo speakers 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
QX 6700 ASUS Striker Extreme gutted out GSkill DDR2 800mhz 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
gutted out NEC DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit removed 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
removed Corsair 850W - mostly dead CM 810 Stacker removed 
Audio
removed 
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