Question About Dual Booting and Storage Drive

I dual booted XP and Vista on my machine and on a third partition made storage for the two to share. Wondering if I can install programs on the Storage drive or do I have to keep them on their seperate partitions, because of the difference between xp and vista drivers? And second questoin, is there a way to default storage and saving to the Storage Partition?
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  1. No you can't share the programs on a common drive. The problem is that the windows registries will differ and when you install it on XP, vista will not recognize the program is installed. you'd have to install it again on vista.

    You can keep the program directories on the same common drive, you're just going to need 2 of them due to the registry thing.
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