I just replaced my SOs old Windows XP laptop with a new laptop that has Windows 7 installed on it.
The problem is with a flash drive. It works on the XP machine, it's drive letter is F, its name is "Francine". It works on my Linux Ubuntu computer.
The new Windows 7 machine has its hard drive partitioned in 3 parts, so drive letter F is assigned to the DVD drive.
When he or I put this flash drive in, it was not seen. Windows 7 did not note the conflict, nor give any options to resolve it.
We have tried taking the flash drive back to the XP machine and renaming it "Karen" with a driveletter of K, and bringing it back to the Windows 7 machine.
It still sees it as letter F, conflicting with the DVD drive, although it sees the new name of "Karen".
We have uninstalled and re-installed the driver for the flash drive. That appears to work, but nothing changes. The flash drive still cannot be used.
We have uninstalled and reinstalled the USB controller. Now the device is "not recognized", but it knows that something is there.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to make this work? The other option would be to install a (spare) licensed copy of Windows XP pro on the new machine and be done with it.