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Hi folks,   Sorry if this sounds like a newbie question.   If I do a clean install of win 7 or win 8 on a clean PC and let us assume the install is done on drive C which is a SSD.   Then I install all my application sofware, like Office and such, on a different HD say we call it D.   If in the future I have to do a new operating system clean install to C will I have to also reinstall all my applications again.  In other words, can I get around having to reinstall my application software and all their licensing hassles. if I need to do another clean install or upgrade to the operating system.  Thank you,   Clarke
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When you install an application, some files will be installed into windows\system32 or its equivalent, and also settings will be written into the registry.

As a result you will still need to install the applications again if you reinstall the OS.
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Yes. And so consider installing your applications (but not data) on your SSD drive. A Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 install should fit comfortably in less than 50 Gb. Then put data  and like files on the different HD. So long as the different drive is local and always attached, you should be able to put your Outlook PST files out there as well..

This means in the event of a reinstall, everything is backed up and only the applications need to be reinstalled.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP
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@CLARKESR - You are most welcome and I was happy to help you.

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