Splitting Vista Installation From Programs?

Posted: 10-08-2008, 09:46 PM

At the moment I have vista installed on a 70GB hard drive along with all
my programs and documents. Is it possible to put vista into a seperate
partition from my programs and data without reinstalling anything?


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Splitting Vista Installation From Programs?


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barman58
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Re: Splitting Vista Installation From Programs?
Posted: 10-08-2008, 09:54 PM

Hello szkoda, and welcome to the vista forums, arty

Yes this should be possible using built in features of Vista to us
pointers to a second hard drive for things such as program files. Am a
the early stages of putting together instructions for achieving this an
will post in the forums when it has been tested.
The built in personal files folders (documents etc), have this functio
built in as part of their properties and the location tab

hope this help

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Re: Splitting Vista Installation From Programs?
Posted: 10-08-2008, 10:14 PM
szkoda wrote:
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> At the moment I have vista installed on a 70GB hard drive along with all
> my programs and documents. Is it possible to put vista into a seperate
> partition from my programs and data without reinstalling anything?
>
>
With respect to "barman58", I don't think you want to try this for programs.
There will be too many references in the registry. For programs, just
uninstall/reinstall in the new location.

For data, most certainly. You can either relocate your Documents, Music,
etc. ("Location" tab on the folder's Properties) or just move your data to
a new folder on the second partition.

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Re: Splitting Vista Installation From Programs?
Posted: 10-09-2008, 12:24 AM
On Wed, 08 Oct 2008 15:14:49 -0700, Malke <malke@invalid.invalid>
wrote:
> szkoda wrote:
>
> >
> > At the moment I have vista installed on a 70GB hard drive along with all
> > my programs and documents. Is it possible to put vista into a seperate
> > partition from my programs and data without reinstalling anything?
> >
> >
>
> With respect to "barman58", I don't think you want to try this for programs.
> There will be too many references in the registry. For programs, just
> uninstall/reinstall in the new location.
>
> For data, most certainly. You can either relocate your Documents, Music,
> etc. ("Location" tab on the folder's Properties) or just move your data to
> a new folder on the second partition.

szkoda, I'll echo what Malke says above, but also ask you why you want
to do this.


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Re: Splitting Vista Installation From Programs?
Posted: 10-09-2008, 05:38 PM

OK great, could you let me know in this thread when youve posted it?


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Re: Splitting Vista Installation From Programs?
Posted: 10-09-2008, 05:41 PM

Hi szkoda,

hopefully I will be putting together a full tutorial on what can and
can't be moved to a second drive or partition. but will post back as
soon as it's more complete


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Re: Splitting Vista Installation From Programs?
Posted: 10-09-2008, 06:03 PM

Hi szkoda,

I think what Nigel is describing is the process of actually having the
apps. and data installed on a different partition from Vista, and then
pointing Vista to where they are.

I am looking forward to the tutorial too.

However, you already have your programs installed physically along with
Vista , and you would need to uninstall and reinstall them for that.

There is another option you might like to try. You could create a
separate partition and copy your photos, music, documents etc onto that.
Then create shortcuts either to the new drive, or the new folders and
place them on the desktop or quick launch. You would need to point your
apps. at the new locations of folders they need to access, for example,
if you had photo gallery accessing C:\Pictures previously, you would
change it D:\Pics or whatever your new pictures folder was called.

Programs you don't use often can be relocated to the new partition -
you don't necessarily need to reinstall them - most will run from their
..exe files. Copy the program folder to the new drive and uninstall from
the first partition. I would be keep programs that come in at startup,
or that are used frequently, and particularly security apps. installed
on the same partition as Vista.

Hope that helps

SIW2


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Re: Splitting Vista Installation From Programs?
Posted: 10-09-2008, 06:15 PM

Hello all,

When you install most programs these days it will have an advanced
option that will allow you to set the install location to say
D:\programs\new app\ and the majority of the bulk of the program will be
on the D: drive but it will often still use the c: drive for its
Application data (it's settings etc), what i hope to do is set up a
vista junction on the C: drive pointing C:\program files to a location
on another drive so that the process is fully automatic to the user. It
should be possible to "trick" vista into placing other items that have
to be in "fixed" locations. on a second drive or partition

I have the info on how to do this but need to actually try things
before I would advise anyone else to try this.

The one folder that may be usefull to re-direct is WINSXS in the
windows folder which is 7.5GB on my system and contains various versions
of dll files.


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Re: Splitting Vista Installation From Programs?
Posted: 10-09-2008, 06:24 PM

Thanks Nigel,

Yes my WINSXS folder is becoming a fair size, too. Look forward to any
ideas you come up with.

SIW2


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