clean install w/out losing data
My A+ book mentions (in the XP chapter) that if you have an OS installed, but chose to do a clean install of XP instead of an upgrade, that you can install XP over the old OS without losing data (however, OS settings and installed software will not carry forward). I assume this means that XP must be in a separate partition (or volume) than the data, right? (after all, it should be anyway). Is this possible with other OSs too, or is this just an XP feature? For instance, if Im installing 98 over 95 (or 2000 over 98, whatever), and have separate partitions for the OS and data, can I simply do a clean install of the new OS over the old OS in that partition, and expect my data to be untouched (as long as I dont delete the data partition during setup)? Also (stay with me here! ), if I keep my applications in a separate partition (or volume) from the others (as they probably should be), why couldnt these remain intact during the "switchover" of OSs as well? Thanks for the help!