Partitionmagic query

  drew645 12:38 23 Apr 2004

I have two copies of my XP operating system on my hard disk, basically one for work and one for play. They are on separate partitions using Partitionmagic.
Recently I installed and later uninstalled software to one partition. I later discovered registry entries for this on the other partition.
Is there only one shared registry or can each read the other? I also deleted an internet connection from one and found it gone on the other (bad news as I made a hash of it!)
I always assumed that separate partitions were blind to each other and if I ever got a virus I would still have a clean copy. Would an infection be duplicated? (I turned off system restore as I know it uses a lot of space)
I would be grateful if someone could put me right on how this works.

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