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can i change the location to install programs ??

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    windows 8

    can i change the location to install programs ??


    Hello I have a 64gb ssd with windows 8 installed on it , and I would like to install all my programs to d drive which is a 1tb drive , but if can't find any options to do this ...
    can it be done ????

    many thanks

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    Rockville Maryland USA
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    Windows 8 Enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnydoe View Post
    Hello I have a 64gb ssd with windows 8 installed on it , and I would like to install all my programs to d drive which is a 1tb drive , but if can't find any options to do this ...
    can it be done ????

    many thanks
    Welcome to the windows 8 forum.

    Most programs during the initial setup phase allow a choice between default and customization of the location for the program and it's files. Some files are required to be installed in the programs directory and some in the windows directories.
    Just the way it is. but select customize and most allow you to install on another drive and directory.

    Rich
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    England
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    8 - wishing it was 7


    I've tried the win7 fix of changing the registry default install but it doesn't work, some programs still install to the (80gb SSD) c drive which is almost now full after 5 days. Its really annoying, surely there is a way to just lockout the c drive and keep it OS only?
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  4. #4


    England
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    8 - wishing it was 7


    Quote Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post

    Most programs during the initial setup phase allow a choice between default and customization of the location for the program and it's files.
    Hello Rich

    yes I'm aware of the option that appears when installing. The problem is many of us have small SSD intended to hold the OS only. Many many many installs do not give you the option to change the install location, if they all did there would be no problem. I've also changed the default install drive from C to D in the registry but some programs (and also data) continue to install onto C. The registry tweak worked in win 7, whats the difference with Win 8?

    My 80GB c drive is down to 7gb free and its a real pain having to use AppMover or similar to shift them
    Last edited by zeroseven; 17 Nov 2012 at 10:53. Reason: additional info
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    The kind of program that will not give you the option I very small, and the option is often only available when you choose custom at install.
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  6. #6


    England
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    8 - wishing it was 7


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    The kind of program that will not give you the option I very small, .
    as is my C drive


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    and the option is often only available when you choose custom at install.
    Yes thank you, I am aware of the option
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Can you give us an example of programs you will like to see on another drive and can't be redirect at install. Because if I look in my PC, may be, I say may be Google was the only one, as I don't remember


    ...but wait a minute the Metro Apps I don't think you can change their location, if so , another epic fail.
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    England
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    8 - wishing it was 7


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    Can you give us an example of programs you will like to see on another drive and can't be redirect at install.


    .
    Spotify......?


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post


    ...but wait a minute the Metro Apps I don't think you can change their location, if so , another epic fail.
    Aha, that could explain my blank tiles problem.....
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    Windows 8


    Can you use windows 8 on a second computer
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    I just put windows 8 on all went good. Can I also use it on a second computer at all
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