Originally Posted by deathdeal3r
Will I be able still open program that are on a different partition if I reinstall my windows
For example Install windows 7/8 on my C: drive and install all my programs on my E: drive then I reinstall windows 7/8, will the programs still work or would I need to reinstall them all again ?
I've had my PC setup like this for many muliple years now.
To answer you question, no they will not work. The install process puts the necessary what-not in the registry. Some stuff, perhaps influenced by other operating systems might actually work. Blizzard games like Diablo 3, WoW and SC2 for instance as well as Steam (though I have a different method of re-installing that).
For stuff like office you could re-name the office folder in C:\program files, re-install office that switch around the folder names so the registry is pointing at your old install. That works for some but not all programs.
That's actually the method I use for steam although when I go to run a game, for almost all games (depends on publisher really) it still has to install Visual C++ and VB runtimes and go through the whole install process anyway. I think most people just double click the steam shortcut and it works.
For new stuff just change the install path to your desired letter manually during install. That's what I've been doing. Change the C: to a P:. The rest of the path the same.
Hope the answer to your question was in their some where...