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OS on a logical drive by itself?



 
 
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Old July 22nd 10, 02:11 AM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.installation_setup
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Default OS on a logical drive by itself?

I've often heard that the OS should be on a drive (logical drive) by
itself so that, when it gets a problem, you can just re-install a new
copy of the OS on that drive. However, isn't the OS modified when you
install programs? Where would you install them? Can someone explain the
procedure for this and how it works? It has always confused me and, if
if works as I understand, I'd like to try it.
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Old July 22nd 10, 07:18 PM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.installation_setup
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Default OS on a logical drive by itself?

On Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:09:14 -0700, Dave Warren
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was claimed to have wrote:

I've often heard that the OS should be on a drive (logical drive) by
itself so that, when it gets a problem, you can just re-install a new
copy of the OS on that drive. However, isn't the OS modified when you
install programs? Where would you install them?


Some programs install DLLs or make other OS level changes but many do
not. It takes a bit of knowledge and experience to know which
applications can survive an OS reinstall and which cannot.

As a rule, I'd install programs on the OS drive and expect to reinstall
programs.


Yes, I'm beginning to understand and I believe you're right.
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Old July 23rd 10, 02:26 AM posted to microsoft.public.windows.vista.installation_setup
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Default OS on a logical drive by itself?

wrote:
I've often heard that the OS should be on a drive (logical drive) by
itself so that, when it gets a problem, you can just re-install a new
copy of the OS on that drive. However, isn't the OS modified when you
install programs? Where would you install them? Can someone explain the
procedure for this and how it works? It has always confused me and, if
if works as I understand, I'd like to try it.



You're quite correct in your thinking. There's very little point
in having a separate partition for applications. Should you ever have
to reinstall the OS, you'll still also have to reinstall each and every
application anyway, in order to recreate the hundreds (possibly
thousands) of registry entries and to replace the dozens (possibly
hundreds) of essential system files back into the appropriate Windows
folders and sub-folders.

However, placing data files on a partition or physical hard drive
separate from the operating system and applications can greatly simplify
system repairs/recoveries and data back-up.


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