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    Partitioning a disk

    I would like to create a disk partition on my C: drive (WITHOUT LOSING ANY EXISTING DATA!). I then want to install Windows 98 to this new partition (call it drive F (from my Restore CD?) and install Office XP on it. I've got office 2000 running on my C: drive.

    If I do this, will Office XP be COMPLETELY unrelated to 2000 on my C: drive? How does partitioning handle Registry entries (for my Office 2000 version)? Is a 'new' Registry created? Would you recommend any Share or FreeWare tools to help me in this process? Andy.

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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    Hi Andy:
    Partition Magic used to get good reviews & is designed for the task at hand. However, I personally haven't heard anything about it since Symantec took it over from PowerQuest. You might check the software forum first & even the discussion groups through Google. I have nothing good or bad to say about the current version.

    You must still install Office XP AFTER you install Office 2000.
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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    Can I partition PART of my C: drive without losing all my data? I've got a full installation of Office XP so why do I need to install it AFTER Office 2000? I thought that by creating a partition I could ignore Office 2000 entirely? If there are two partitions, are there two Registries?

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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    There is only one registry, even if you have more than one partition or more than one physical drive. The registry goes with your operating system. You could set up a dual boot system with different operating systems, but I haven't done that & so I couldn't guide you through that, if that's what you want to do.

    It was my understanding from your original post that you have Office 2000 on your computer now & would be installing Office XP on a new partition. That will not create problems, as you are installing the later version last. It would be a problem if you installed Office 2000 after you installed Office XP.

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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    If you want to set up Windows 98 two times, you will need additional software to manage the multi-boot process - and PartitionMagic has this, a utility called BootMagic. Otherwise, you will only be able to access one Windows 98 installation. As Phil indicated, you cannot use two concurrent copies of Office on the same operating system. Even if you find a way around that, it would still be asking for trouble!
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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    My system went 'bung' and I had to re-install Windows 98, but I lost the use of Office 2000 in the process. I restored a previous version of my Registry to enable me to use Office 2000. However, this means that there are errors in the Registry due to software being installed/uninstalled (since the Registry was last backed-up). Anyway, I'm still able to use Office 2K, although the Open Office Document/ New Office Documents don't work and I can't double-click an Office document in Explorer to open it. So.. my intention was to create a partition to store Office XP (full installation). Any suggestions in how to resolve these issues??!

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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    Hi Andy:
    I'm not sure what caused you to lose Office 2000. Once you've installed your operating system, you can install Office 2000 into one folder or drive & Office XP into another folder or drive (AFTER you've installed Office 2000). Both should work. However, you can only have one application set to open a document (at any given time) & so after doing that, double clicking an Office document should open an Office XP application.

    Since/If you have Win 98 working, I would suggest that you post any questions about Office on the General Office Solutions board.
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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    I agree with Phil although I am not clear on exactly what you've done. You reinstalled Windows 98...clean, or over the top of an existing installation? How did your registry become out of sync? What method did you use to back up/restore it?
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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    I reinstalled Win 98 over the top of the previous installation - it became corrupted when Diskeeper 8 crashed during my first attempt to use this app! The Registry came out of synch because my OEM version of Win 98 included a copy of Works 2000. I restored a previous version of the Registry from software called Ultra Wincleaner 2000. I've almost got Office 2000 fully functional. I got the New Office Document app to work by moving it to the Office folder and then copying it back to the Start menu. I can't run Publisher though because it says that it's not installed.. even though I've got the FULL app sitting in the Office folder. Any idea how I can convince Windows that it IS installed? How can I move this 'thread' to Office?

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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    Aye, one of the moderators can move it for you, but I think for the time being what is being discussed is better handled here. The problems you are having are specific to Windows, not Office proper.

    Do you not have a complete copy of either Windows 98 or Office? Let's start with the basics: what software do you have to work with, and what versions of it do you possess?
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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    I think I'll forget about partitioning for the mo. I've got Windows 98 and Office 2K fully working, apart from Publisher which Windows doesn't recognise as being installed.

    I'll tidy the Registry in stages, removing references to apps that I no longer have on my computer - I want to do this anyway as I'm learning a huge amount along the way.

    I'll install Office XP at a later date, perhaps after I've purchased Windows XP. Thanks for the assistance for the moment though. Andy.

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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    Sounds like a reasonable enough plan to me. Just be careful with that registry...one wrong move, and you will wish you hadn't been learning. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    You go for it, Andy !!!!! <img src=/S/groan.gif border=0 alt=groan width=16 height=15>

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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    I've been trying those over the last couple of days, using Ultra Win Cleaner which shows a list of all 'faulty registry' entries. Some items I delete just reappear in the faulty list. For example, I uninstalled Star Office ages ago and deleted all references to it in the Registry, but the items just reappear. I know I can just leave them (as they don't interfere with anything) but why would they reappear?

    I've tried Reg Vac, but it's too complicated. Any other software or web site recommendations for learning about the Registry?

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    Re: Partitioning a disk

    RegVac? Have you tried running the RoboVac inside of RegVac? I have used it for quite some time now, and so far, it has never deleted anything that was not supposed to be deleted. You might also google for System Mechanic.

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