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Windows 7: Why Two Partitions?

29 Oct 2010   #11
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Windows Live Mesh sync program is so perfected now that it may be the best way to back up immediately your User files externally, to another HD, to other computers on your network or...

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29 Oct 2010   #12
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Anything can be installed wherever you like and have the room for it, it doesn't have to be installed to the "Program Files ..." forders.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words ...
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Now this is what I'm after elaboration on.
To cut down on the words I'll give a scenario.
I have Office and Photoshop installed in the "Programs" Partition/Disk.
(1) Can I update the OS, restore the OS from a earlier image independently of the "Programs" partition?
(2) Can I update the "Programs" partition independently of the OS partition?

I would have thought from a functionality and authentication/security perspective the two ("OS" and "Programs" partitions) are too closely linked.
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29 Oct 2010   #13
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

This is why it is best to always keep Programs on the OS partition. A program writes keys to the registry that integrate it into the OS, so it should not have its files apart from the OS where an image might not restore the Program Files along with the OS.

If you've already done this, then be sure to always include the Programs partition with the image made of the OS partition.
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29 Oct 2010   #14
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is why it is best to always keep Programs on the OS partition. A program writes keys to the registry that integrate it into the OS, so it should not have its files apart from the OS where an image might not restore the Program Files along with the OS.

If you've already done this, then be sure to always include the Programs partition with the image made of the OS partition.
I appreciate everyone's help on this. I presently have my OS, Programs and Docs on my C: drive. Could someone point me to a Tutorial so I can put my docs on a separate partition. Thanks,
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29 Oct 2010   #15
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello!



Have a look at this one for a start.

User Folders - Change Default Location
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29 Oct 2010   #16
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello!



Have a look at this one for a start.

User Folders - Change Default Location

Thank you sir. Now let's see if I can do this without messing it up.
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29 Oct 2010   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

My pleasure sir, you can do it, just take your time and read through before you start.
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