I have been told that by making a partition just for your boot drive, you can install all other programs on other partitions and when you need to reinstall windows, you dont have to redo everything. Just the C drive. How do you do this? I have ALWAYS reinstalled windows by doing a fresh install. Backing up all important files (my docs) and just starting over from scratch. I do this every few months, but it's a pain in the butt cause I have to reinstall all of my games and other programs. Service pack2, etc... When you reinstall windows, is there a way to shorten this process by just reinstalling windows on the C drive but keeping all of the other programs safe on the other drives? If so, how do you know if windows points to all of the programs correctly still? All of the shortcuts in the Start menu wont be there anymore right? Wouldnt it be more of a hassle making sure all of the registry entries are still correct? Can someone enlighten me on this? Thank you!