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Installing Programs to Second Hard Drive Windows 8?

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    Installing Programs to Second Hard Drive Windows 8?

    Hi everyone,

    This is my first post and i apologize if it is posted in the wrong section. I have recently purchased and new computer with Windows 8. It's running smoothly and I love it, however I am encountering one particular problem which I have yet to find any solution for.

    My primary boot device is a 128GB SSD and obviously I want that space for the operating system install and some essential programs (photoshop, fireworks etc.).

    My secondary device is a standard 1TB HDD. This is what I want to be my storage space for files, documents and non-essential programs.

    The problem - Whenever I try to install a program to my second drive it comes up with the following error

    "Error Writing to D:\blahblah\blah\blah.xml. Verify that you have access to that directory"

    I have check my permissions in the security tab and made sure that all the right check boxes are clicked. I have made sure to run the program as administrator and I've check to make sure that the directory is not set to 'read only'.

    I really don't know what else to do now, so this is why I have joined this forum in hopes of finding an answer.

    I would appreciate any advice and I thank you all in advance for your time in reading my post.



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    Windows 8.1 PRO

    Format second drive...
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    Always turn off your anti virus (AVG) software when installing programs.
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    After a clean install change the default program files location in the registry. Doing this resolves all permissions problems.

    1- Open regedit.exe and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

    2- Change the values of the selected entries to what you want

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