> I recently had to reinstall windows (XP Home SP2). I partitioned my
> HD to allow for Windows to be installed on a small portion of the
> parition. I would like to know if there is a way to select the
> location in which I want Windows Updates to be installed. If I keep
> installing them on the same partition that Windows is now on I will
> run out of space, as some of these updates are very large.
Shenan Stanley wrote:
> You should have made your small partition 20+GB in my opinion.
> Windows updates are not just new files the OS accesses - more often
> than not - they replace system files as well as do other things to
> the system partition. Never think that the 300MB download you are
> getting will necessarily add 300MB to your installation - as it
> will more likely replace files that already exist.
> However - my advice remains the same - your Windows XP partition
> should be 20+GB - if you don't plan on installing other
> applications on there, etc. Otherwise larger.
> Is there some reason you made a small partition for just the
> Windows OS?
> I made the partition the size I did on the advice of a Dell
Shenan Stanley wrote:
> The technician was incorrect if they told you anything below 15GB
> Depending on the size of youur hard disk drive and what *your*
> plans are for the machine - partitioning into more than just a
> single partition may be unnecessary.
> - What are your plans for the machine?
> - How large is the partition you created for the Windows
> - How large is the hard disk drive?
> - Did the Dell technician say *why* they were having you partition
> (was it something about, "this way if you have to install Windows
> XP - all your programs/data will be on another partition so you
> won't have to worry about that..."?)
>> What are your plans for the machine?
> Basic home use
>> How large is the partition you created for the Windows
>> How large is the hard disk drive?
> 80 GB
>> Did the Dell technician say *why* they were having you partition
>> (was it something about, "this way if you have to install Windows
>> XP - all your programs/data will be on another partition so you
>> won't have to worry about that..."?)
> In a nutshell they told me that I should install the OS on one
> partition and everything else on the other partition so any
> programs I install should not *interfere* with the Windows files.
Did the Dell Technician tell you to make a 5GB partition, or just to make
In my opinion, you should format and install it fresh. Making a partition
or not is up to you. However - what the Dell Technician told you 'in a
nutshell' was incorrect. If you were led to believe that having your
programs installed on a separate partition would make it so you could
re-install Windows XP and not have to re-install your applications -
incorrect 90+% of the time. If you were led to believe that nothing but the
Windows XP System files were going on that EXTREMELY small partition -
incorrect ALL the time (unless you only ever install Windows XP.)
5GB will force you to take action in short order - bite the bullet now.
Format and start afresh - if you must make a partition for whatever reason -
I suggest 20+GB for the OS. Personally - with an 80GB drive and your given
purpose - I would not bother making a partition - you gain nothing.
I do not recommend sticking with the size of that partition as is...
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