Changing Default installation path for all programs

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ElementalDragon, Apr 20, 2003.

  1. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    hmm... this topic seemed most appropriate for this question.

    Does anyone know how to modify Windows so that all programs are installed to a location OTHER THAN c:\Program Files? I have Windows on it's own 7 GB partiton on my 60 gig hard drive, and i hate always putting in D:\Program Files, especially when it cannot be just typed in.
     
  2. seeme

    seeme Guest

    well i hate to state the obvious, but why dont you just manually add the programs (when you install them from now on) to the other location that you want to put them in.

    i would'nt know how to change the defauly 'windows' program files, but you can definitely do it with others!

    jeremy
     
  3. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    i know there's a setting in the registry for the default installation path, but i forget exactly where it is
     
  4. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    I don't know if there is a default windows location for programs that are installed. The authors of the programs suggest a place for them which can be changed. I use cut & paste most of the time.
     
  5. kitct

    kitct Guest

    I always just go to regedit and highlight My Computer > edit > find > type in commonfilesdir > find next.Then programfilesdir > find next.Should be 3 or 4 of each dependin on whether its home or pro.Just change the C: to whatever(usually F: for me).
    But I do this in the very beginin after the install(fresh).
    There is another default but at this point(if you already have some things in C: you could cause yourself some major probs down the road). :)
     
  6. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

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    tweak-xp has a option to do that very easily. I have mine set to d:\Programs. also magictweak can do it for you.
     
  7. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

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    ignore me..
     
  8. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

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    *ignoring gonzo* :p