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By curtkiesling ·
If I have a 80 GB HD with three partitions [C:one for the OS, one for the programs, E:one for documents]and I format or re-install the operating system will the system pick up the programs on the drive and incorporate the programs into the OS?

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by Maelgwyn In reply to OS Partition

In short, no. There is links in the registry, .ini files etc that links them to the current OS. WHen you wipe them, they MAY be still useable, but they will, unfortunatly, not accesable the way they were without some reconmstruction (ie. installing the program again may fix it, or recreating the shortcut...)

If you just reinstall over the top, then the programs will be there cause it is still using the previous copy of those files mentioned, so therefore they will probably work fine.

Does that answer your question?

Maelgwyn

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by curtkiesling In reply to OS Partition

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by csmith In reply to OS Partition

Reinstall? Yes.
After format? No.
There is a reason for backing up PCs, and this is part of it.
Please don't assume your HD will never fail.
You will be disapointed.
Regards, Chris

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by curtkiesling In reply to OS Partition

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by TheChas In reply to OS Partition

Unfortunately, the answer is no.

When you install most software, there are keys added to the system registry.
Often, a program needs to add DLL files to the Windows folders.

On the plus side, as long as you re-install the applications to the same folder, your personal settings and preferences should be maintained.

For some programs, they may run fine if you create the required short cut on either the desktop, or start menu.

You might even want to copy the C:\Windows\Desktop
and Start Menu folders onto either the or E: drive before you start your re-installation to make the restoration of shortcuts simpler.

Chas

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by curtkiesling In reply to OS Partition

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by wlbowers In reply to OS Partition

I will never see the need for breaking a drive into multiple smaller partitions. It only causes problems in the long run.

I had a customer that called me with a crashed drive. When I got there he was so proud. "I backed up every day to the d drive." You guessed it, was a partition on the crashed drive.

To answer your question as others should, Re-install YES! Format and install NO! You will loose the program links!

Good Luck and God Bless

Lee

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by curtkiesling In reply to OS Partition

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by colin_mendonca In reply to OS Partition

you can definitely reinstall the OS but do not format and re-install the OS.with that you will loose all information.
You could also have another OS on another drive .

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