Pier1, I don't see the advantage of separating Windows and Applications on different partitions. I can only speak from my experience with Windows 98se, but my reasoning is that if Windows gets corrupted beyond repair, I will reformat my C: drive and reinstall Windows. If I do that, then I will have to reinstall the applications anyway to get the correct registry and ini file entries. My hard drive has 3 partitions. 10G C: partition for Windows and Applications, 6G E: partition for backing up the C: partition using the Windows Backup utility. The rest of the drive I use for my D: partition for saved files. If Windows gets irreparably corrupted, I will format the C: drive and reinstall Windows. Then using the Windows backup utility, I will restore the complete C: drive from the latest backed up version on the E: drive. I am sure there are easier ways using third party software, but my method works. I also realise that instead of the E: partition I would be safer using a removeable drive, but hard drive failures are rare enough that as long as I have copies of the data files on cd, having to reinstall all the applications would not be too much of a catastrophe.