1.    2 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Sep 2017
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    Windows XP

    Partitioning Program Files/Program Files(x86) from Windows 10 install?


    In the coming week I will be installing Windows 10 Home on my new computer. I will be using an SSD and an HDD, the SSD for the OS, programs and games and the HDD for photos, music and all the other slow stuff.
    So, my question. In case the OS were to ever get corrupted, or I had to reinstall the OS for any other reason, is it possible to have the SSD set up as follows; Partition 1 - OS, Partition 2 - Program Files/Program Files((x86) plus other associated folders/files) and Partition 3 for my games, so that any re-install does not wipe out my already installed programs?

    I had no problem doing this in with my XP desktop(OS in C and Progs in D, although not perfect, but was never able to do it with Windows 7.

    Can it be done?

    Tom.
    Last edited by Tommygunn; 2 Weeks Ago at 11:48.
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  2.    2 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

    Create an image with Macrium Reflect when you're all done and happy with Windows. Store the image on the hard drive.

    If you`re gonna install in UEFI mode, make sure you image all the necessary partitions.

    And then make images every 2 weeks or whenever you want

    You`ll never have to reinstall windows again

    Do not put any programs on another partition, install them on C
    Last edited by AddRAM; 2 Weeks Ago at 14:11.
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  3.    2 Weeks Ago #3
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommygunn View Post
    ...Partition 2 - Program Files/Program Files((x86) plus other associated folders/files) and Partition 3 for my games, so that any re-install does not wipe out my already installed programs?
    The games may be OK (depends what they are) but the installed programs in Program Files/Program Files((x86) won't work properly (or at all?) because you'll have lost all the registry settings created by their installer with the re-install.
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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #4
    Join Date : Sep 2017
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    Ok, thanks for the info, I'll just have to stick it out then.

    AddRAM,
    I'll have a look at Macrium.

    Cheers,
    Tom.
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  5.    2 Weeks Ago #5
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    Windows10

    Really not a good idea to put pogram files directory in a separate partition.

    Just use two - one for OS+non portable programs, one for data (plus portable programs if you like - can be on either partition).
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