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Possible to change default install location from C:\?

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    Possible to change default install location from C:\?


    I've installed windows 8 on a SSD harddisk of about 100GB. In general I don't really want anything else there, I've got plenty of space elsewhere, so I install drivers etc. there, browsers and perhaps a few essentials, then nothing more. I've moved the location of all user files (music, downloads, ...) to another disk.

    Is there anyway to stop installs having the default location into Program Files, or Program Files (x86)? I know it's not the hardest thing in the world to change the directory during an install. But I know from experience that after a while, the SSD will start to become full. Because at some point, sometime in a rush, random installations have ended up into C:\ directory.

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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    It is not really recommended to change the program files default location - see here. You can always direct each program to install in a separate folder (for some it does not work). But there are proposals on how to change the default location - see here.
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