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How to seperate program files and user on another HDD?

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    How to seperate program files and user on another HDD?


    Hey,

    I was wondering how can I separate my Drive C User Data & Program Files to Drive D.

    I was looking into Microsoft folder locations, you can check it out here:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...749305(v=WS.10)

    I was wondering how can I apply that during a clean install.

    If anybody can help me, please do let me know!

    Thank you very much!

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  2. #2


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    For user files, you just define the appropriate folders (Documents, Music, etc.) on the other drive/partition. Then you right click on those folders and INCLUDE them into the correponding library. Then move your data.

    You can also move them with the Location tab in the folder Properties. But that can be messy and I advise against it.

    Programs you can direct to a different folder on any partition at installation time - but only then. Some programs may not play.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Thank you for the response!

    I know that you can do that but most of the time it does not play. But I googled around and people used this method:

    The previous link wasn't working. I was just wondering how can I put the XML file during installation.
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  4. #4


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The link still does not work. And the methods I posted should work. I have done that many times.
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    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 64


    I know I refresh old post, but I have the same issue, I chose this to making a new one. I have Windows 8(64) installed on 128gb SSD, and I wanted to install everything else on HDD. I changed easily location of: Downloads, desktop,music, photos, videos just by right click and changing location. I also want to change the directory that windows choose automatically from C;/Program Files to D:/Program files. I found few tutorials for.ex(How to Change the Directory Windows Installs Programs To).
    , but some problem cause to me, I couldn't launch photos, photo viewer, most of the windows apps. Is there any solution to this? I mean, when I install avast, there is no possibilty to choose the location of it, but I want to install it on D HDD. Thanks in advance.
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    I mean, when I install avast, there is no possibilty to choose the location of it, but I want to install it on D HDD.
    You can't -- because, as WHS already said, you can not always install to a different location.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 64


    But i found many comments people did this and it works. Look at this one, I'm looking a solution in comments, but maybe on the forum is somebody that know the staff.

    And to make it clear, right I can't allways, but when I download program, and there is propose to install it in C:/Program Files...., I want to installer suggest me automatically D:Program files. And some drivers etc also install on D.

    Change Default Installation Directory In Windows 7 & Vista
    Last edited by Hastelloy; 19 Jul 2014 at 13:03.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 64


    I did a research. I made backup for my registry. Did changes following this, and until now everything works. I think it's solution.

    How to change Windows 7 “Program Files” and “Program Files (x86)” destination folders.
    In the registry find two branches. Some suggest only one but other entry is hidden in Wow6432Node as well and to make live easier must be allso edited.
    “C:\” to “D:\” or what ever you need.

    1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\

    2
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

    I would consider to take a look here as well.
    3 be careful
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Session Manager\Environment
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