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post #11 of 13
Do it like this.

Right Click and hit properties for all your User folders IE my Documents, My Pictures, My Downloads etc. Goto the Location Tab and set the location to another Drive. I have 2x500GB Raid 0 for this. Now all My pictures, downloads, etc are saved to another drive that doesn't contain the OS. When installing Programs I install them to this raid array as well.

So I can reformat and do a fresh install without worries.
All you have to do is point the folders to your other drive when you reinstall.
post #12 of 13
My E: Drive(raid array Looks just like a normal Crive but dosen't house the OS. It is the cleanest way to do it. You might get some errors about directX while trying to play a previously installed game but mostly its because you need to reinstall DirectX and the Microsoft Frameworks. Also your favorites folder in Firefox needs to be fixed for them to show up. The links are their you just need to point Firefox to them.
Edited by BeerPowered - 1/31/11 at 10:01pm
post #13 of 13
If you have installed a System Builder (retail oem disc) version of Windows 7 and you change mother board it will not activate...

The only disc that works with hardware changes is the full retail...

BARE THIS IN MIND BEFORE YOU CHANGE HARDWARE!

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
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