Originally Posted by computer_noob
How would I make a secondary partition?
what about if i went to c:/programfiles/nortonantivirus and added ALL of them files to .zip with winzip and then save that to a CD-R???
Nope that won't work. When you install a program it puts files in a lot of other places. If you just copy the ones in the Program Files it won't work. The installation program adds registry keys, adds dynamic link library files to the Windows folders, etc.
As far as the partition, there is a program called Partition Magic that allows you to partition your hard drive after you have an operating system on it. I have used it many times and it is very easy to use. But that still won't help you with reinstalling your programs just your personal files.