So I reinstalled Windows. This time around I learn from previous mistakes and created a dedicated fat32 SWAP partition. But guess what - the computer thinks the SWAP partition (C:\) is the Windows partition... Programs ask to install to C:\ and such, instead of E:\ where my primary partition is. Also, I get the "running out of disk space error" - with the recommendation to use disk cleanup on it, even though the partition is clearly not for storage purposes! I know this is set by a setting in the registry... how can I change it so programs default to installing on E:\ instead of C:\. Thanks people.