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  1. theoneandonlymrk

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    Can you use the same software off one, seperate, visible to both windows operateing sytems, drive.

    I want to try a partitioned boot selectable win8 preview on one drive ,win 7 on ssd and all program in a third drive but both essentially running the same benches etc though id be happy re installin each again to the same place for win8, or would an easy file transfer from the win7 os work on 8?? ,tips ideas
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    you might be able to copy the reg. keys over. not 100% sure on that though.
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    shouldnt be any issues, reenter the reg keys if the program asks you to. simple stuff.
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    Registry and profiles are the problem in some cases. Many programs work without them though. Nearly all games as well. Using portable apps can be a solution as well.
    I use a network disk to install games and have one with portable apps. I can run nearly everything from any computer without any issues.
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    Your programs may complain...
    There's more (unfortunately) to the installed program than just the files in "Program Files".
    There are registry keys, app data (in user folder).
    This may not work.

    If you still want to try, consider using NTFS Junctions or Hardlinks.
    Essentially, you can move any folder anywhere, and then create a hardlink in a place it was before, pointing to the new location.
    All applications and OS will be "fooled" and still able to access it from location it expects, even it's really on different hard drive.

    This nice tool makes creating links easy:
    http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/hardlinkshellext.html
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    Why would anyone want this anyway? :confused: That would mess all things up. Not to mention that some programs might require .net, vc++ or directx libraries or needed to install some files into system directory.
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    mess what up exacly?


    if the program needs a file it will ask for it.... so install that file and be on your way... why would you bother installing the same program twice? seems like a waste of space to me.
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    As stated in op .i want to run bench soft on win8 but dont want to have two copies of each bench on the same drive.
    Thanks all. Ill give it a go
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    um really? didn't know that programs had integrated ai.

    if you don't want to have two copies then just run that program from live cd or dvd or usb, it'll be faster and more effective. Plus no orphan files/folders
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    :S




    you have never tried to open a program apon witch you are missing a file... then it asks you for this file?


    what has AI got to do with it. :pimp:





    why are you trying to offer advice on something you clearly have never done or dont understand?
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    and that happens anytime when you delete a file from a program folder?! :rolleyes:
    TBH I don't give a crap for what you think.

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