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A question about XP Pro and installed programs.


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jst42day

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I just want to make sure that I understand this before I do it.
If I set up a hard 200 G. hard drive with C: equaling about 50 G.'s and E: equaling about 150, and the OS goes into C and programs that I install are put in E, do I need to do anything else to get the OS and the programs to work together?
Or is it automatically interconnected?
I feel stupid for asking but I really don't know.
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Usually the OS and programmes are installed to the same partition

Data can be on any partition
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Thanks Keith.
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Even if you install your Windows on C: and your programs on E: the programs will run as normal because the Windows Registry has entries telling it where all of the files are that are needed to run the program.
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CMW2010,
Thanks for the help. I was curious about that too.
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as a note (just in case) the normal reason to have two partitions is so that you can restore your operating system without losing your data in the event of a failure or corruption

if you install windows on one partition and install your applications on another and you have to format the windows partition to reinstall windows...your applications WILL NO LONGER WORK...because very few actual portions of the software will really reside on the second partition with regards to the parts that make the programs function....even when you install a program to a seperate partition...it puts the important parts the are required to opperate the software on the system partition...

it's best to have on partition for the OS and applications and one partition for data files (like pictures and music)
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From what little I've learned about pc's I think it's far better to just back up to an external hard drive and, if necessary, to a service such as MOZY.
Thanks for your help dsenette.
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