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Is there a way to install only the os on one partition say 20gb and have all the programs etc installed on the other. so that it would be easy to reinstall the os. Ive got 2 partition on my current rig (the acer) but all my programs auto install to the OS partition. this will be for my new rig see intel build logs
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Indeed. Firstly make sure you have 2 separate partitions (duh )
Then all you have to do is change the drive letter to the 'programs' partition when you install programs, instead of the O/S partition.

eg.
Instead of C:\\Program Files\\Prog name
you would change the path to
D:\\Prog name (or however you have your folder hierarchy set up.) obviously if the second partition isnt D, you just substitute that with the appropriate letter.
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yes , but somestimes i whack a game or app in to install and it just autoinstalls to the c:. and my games i have installed to d: dont appear in my all programs
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Usually you have to choose advanced install or custom install to pick the directory your programs go to. That seems weird that they dont show up in installed programs though...
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Smart move man. I do that with most of my games because it seems like I can't keep a stable Windows install for more than two weeks.
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Originally Posted by willbushby View Post
..the os on one partition say 20gb and have all the programs etc installed on the other...
Most computer savy people do it that way.

If you reinstall windows though, you'll still have to reinstall pretty much everything. Most programs have to interact with the OS, so when they "install" they have to make registry changes and/or modify the windows boot routine (to install their drivers). There are a few simple programs, like CPU-Z for example, that don't actually "install" (their "install" routines just copy their files to a folder).

Take it one step further, make Games, Programs, Overclocking, etc folders and install the appropriate stuff in the respective folders. You can even have Windows install put the OS files in a folder on the other partition if you want. There are actually just a few things that have to go onto the first partition of the boot drive.
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