Background: I have Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same machine, on different partitions. Thus, I can perform operations on either OS while said OS is not running.
7:" and "
Data:" will be used instead of the actual partition letters, for clarity. (All partitions are on the same HD. The Data: partition has plenty of room)
Cut and paste "Documents and Settings", "Program Files" and "WINDOWS" from "
XP:" to "
Make symbolic links:
XP:\Documents and Settings\->Data:\WindowsXP\Documents and Settings\
XP:\Program Files\->Data:\WindowsXP\Program Files\
Restart into XP. This, naturally, is the critical and most important step to be able to do. :)
Optional: Shrink the
XP:partition down to about 20 GB, using something that will preserve the data on the partition.
Optional: Add the saved space onto the
I now hopefully have Windows XP working "off the data partition", with quite a bit of "space" to install my programs, movies, music, projects and etc..