I have had terrible trouble with XP in the year I have been using it. Periodically I get the dreaded missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system. To try and minimise the hassle in future I intend to reformat and partition the hd so I have a completely seperate partition for xp. (120gb hd) Is it possible to install all programmes onto another partition so that if the need to reinstall xp arises I can reformat and start again or does it destroy all the registry entries making the programmes unusable without reinstallation anyway? If it is possible, how do you change the default location for programmes to install without changing it on each occasion. Finally, if I have just xp on a partition, how big does it need to be? Any advice would be gratefully received. Many thanks to everybody who has offered help in this forum over the year. Merry Xmas to one and all.
Powerless- thanks for the advice and links. I have used the methods for repairing the registry on a number of occasions with varying success and only resort to reformatting when all else fails. Does anyone know why this error occurs...should I be looking at replacing my hard drive (still under warranty)? I think I will also take the plunge and pick up a copy of Drive Image or maybe Big Elf's suggestion of TrueImage. It seems a lot less hassle. Many thanks for the responses.
If you are going to make regular backup (clones) YES.
Because in the worst case when XP packs up yet again, you only need to restore the one drive from the latest clone and avoid reinstallation of the apps etc. Most important is the time saved making and restoring clones from a smaller drive. The bloated XP will require a partiton of 5Gb? or thereabouts to itself.
This ignores the question why is this happening at all, but at least gives some respite.