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Installing XP on a slave drive?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Severeign, Apr 1, 2010.

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  1. Severeign

    Severeign Thread Starter

    Mar 15, 2010
    XP, on my machine, has recently been experiencing a large amount of problems and the general consensus of those who have looked into the matter (who have far more experience in such matters than I) is that the only solution is to format my C drive and reintall XP. Effectively start again afresh.

    There is one problem with this however. I have software on the C drive that I use regularly (downloaded with serials...and 'yes', downloaded legally!), where the installation files and activation codes were stored on an external drive. Unfortunately the external drive took a fall and is now inoperable, which means that if I format the C drive I'm looking at having to purchase that software a second time.

    So my question is this:

    If I were to install XP on on the D drive, will XP on the D drive be able to access and run the software on the C drive whilst hopefully avoiding all of the recent problems?

    I'm not sure if this is a viable solution, it just occured to be that it might be possible.

    Any ideas gratefully received.
  2. Hermitt43


    Jun 26, 2009
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    Take a look at this APP.
    It should show your Product Keys for each Application you purchased and have currently installed on your PC.

  3. Mumbodog


    Oct 3, 2007
    Most of them, probably not.

    When software is installed it writes a bunch of registry keys for the software to operate properly, these will not be available to the second XP installation, most programs will need to be installed on the new OS.

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