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Changing the default install location.

Yesterday my 120 GB solid state drive arrived. I installed a fresh copy of windows on it. I went into the registry editor and changed the following:

CommonFiles Dir
CommonFiles Dir (x86)
CommonW6432Dir
ProgramFilesDir
ProgramFilesDir (x86)
ProgramFilesW6432Dir

I changed one thing on them all. I changed the Data path from C drive to my D drive. But some programs are still defaulting to the C drive. Is there any way I can fix this? I did the same thing but with my user profile and it worked just fine.
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  1. I direct every install individually to the drive I prefer.
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    I direct every install individually to the drive I prefer.


    ^^^ That. Rather than try to force everything into somewhere else, just choose the location during the install.
  3. The link you posted I clearly said I changed thoughts files. The reason I'm trying this there are some programs that don't let you chose, and over all it will save me time.

    Something I forgot to mention, When I install things that still go to the c drive ( such as chrome ) the link on the desktop is broken because it thinks it still went to the D drive.
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    DigitalSauce said:


    Something I forgot to mention, When I install things that still go to the c drive ( such as chrome ) the link on the desktop is broken because it thinks it still went to the D drive.


    And forcefully changing registry values sometimes screws things up, like this.
    Change it during the actual application install. I've never had an application think it was somewhere it wasn't, if I changed the location during the install for that application.
  5. I tried the registry method , and it just causes issues. All my installations always give me a choice.
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