SITUATION: I have 2 HDs - C & D. Drive C is unpartitioned & has the Windows OS systems stuff. Drive D is unpartitioned & has *other apps* that run on Windows, as well as data files . GOAL: My goal is to install Linux and have a dual-boot system between Windows & Linux. QUESTIONS: 1) Which of the following is easier &/or better? Option 1- Partition Drive C, move the Drive D stuff onto the new partition on Drive C, & install Linux on Drive D Option 2- Partition Drive C, & install Linux onto the new partition on Drive C Option 3- Some other set-up I haven't thought of 2) Can I partition Drive C safely so as to NOT screw up the Windows stuff that presently resides there? 3) Which partitioning software is the safest & most foolproof for use by a full-fledged doofus (namely me)? 4) Which program is good for setting up dual boot & is (again) foolproof for use by a full-fledged doofus (namely me)? 5) If you recommend Option 1, will moving the Drive D apps to a partition on Drive C confuse all the registry entries in that those entries presently point to Drive D & the apps won't be there any more? If so, what is the fix?