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How to set installing files to go to the HDD instead of the desktop

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January 17, 2014 9:16:49 AM

I have my downloads set to automatically go to a Folder in my HDD instead of my SSD but for example with Norton 360 I have downloaded it to my HDD and I install it but all the installed files go to my Desktop and program files automatically. (my SSD can't hold that much) How do I change it so everything will be installed on a specific file in my HDD.
I have already tried:
Change the default installation folder C: \ Program Files

Most software will be installed in C: Program Files by default. You can change this so that programs are installed on a different partition if you wish.
For users running Windows Vista, select "Run" from the Start menu.
Type regedit and click OK.
Scroll to the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion
On the right window, double click on the key ProgramFilesDir and modify it to include the new path for the installation folder.
For example, D: Program Files would install files on the D partition instead.

But they still get put on my desktop and in my PerfLogs file automatically
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January 17, 2014 9:21:56 AM

The shortcut will get put on your desktop. Not the whole application.
Almost 100% of applications I've installed in the last decade offer the opportunity of installing it elsewhere, right in the install routine. No funky regedits needed.

How large is your SSD?

(and ditch that Norton junk)
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January 17, 2014 9:27:43 AM

USAFRet said:
The shortcut will get put on your desktop. Not the whole application.
Almost 100% of applications I've installed in the last decade offer the opportunity of installing it elsewhere, right in the install routine. No funky regedits needed.

How large is your SSD?

(and ditch that Norton junk)


120GB SSD (I can't get a larger one just yet)
It's saving shortcut and installation files to my desktop and the rest of it in my user and program files on my SSD C: even though I apparently changed the default to Program Files in D: and if I retry my storage in my SSD just slowly ticks down.
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January 17, 2014 9:32:08 AM

To start, read through this:
http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1834397/ssd-redirect...

I also have a 128GB. Win8Pro, and ALL applications on it. Office 2013 Pro, Corel Video Studio PaintShop Pro, Adobe Lightroom, etc, etc, etc. Approx 55GB used space.
Applications don't really take up that much space.

Other large things (games, music, video) live elsewhere.

You've turned off hibernation, and reduced the size for restore points, right?
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January 17, 2014 9:37:13 AM

USAFRet said:

You've turned off hibernation, and reduced the size for restore points, right?


err...
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January 17, 2014 9:49:05 AM

Backtothere said:
USAFRet said:

You've turned off hibernation, and reduced the size for restore points, right?


err...


The hibernation function will suck up drive space equivalent to the amount of RAM you have. 16GB RAM = 16GB of pretty much wasted space.

Hibernation
1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
2. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
4. At the command prompt, type powercfg.exe /hibernate off, and then press Enter.
5. Type exit, and then press Enter to close the Command Prompt window.

Restore Points:
See this: http://www.techfleece.com/2011/08/15/how-to-adjust-the-...
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January 17, 2014 10:04:56 AM

Thanks sorted that except that when I install files normally I get a Installation files folder on my desktop and not just on my desktop it starts installing in the program and user files aswell This is just wasting my SSD what is it and how can I set it to go to a different location (it comes before I get the option to choose where to Install the main File)
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January 17, 2014 10:08:41 AM

Backtothere said:
Thanks sorted that except that when I install files normally I get a Installation files folder on my desktop This is just wasting my SSD what is it and how can I set it to go to a different location (it comes before I get the option to choose where to Install the main File)


If you download an application (or any file), your browser has settings for where the default download location should be. Mine is set to a secondary drive.
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January 17, 2014 10:16:02 AM

USAFRet said:
Backtothere said:
Thanks sorted that except that when I install files normally I get a Installation files folder on my desktop This is just wasting my SSD what is it and how can I set it to go to a different location (it comes before I get the option to choose where to Install the main File)


If you download an application (or any file), your browser has settings for where the default download location should be. Mine is set to a secondary drive.


The Download location I worked out, that works fine, when I double click the installer, I get files in my SSD without choice, what do I do about that, Do I just move everything from my desktop to my HDD or would that make all teh applications slower
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January 17, 2014 10:29:01 AM

Backtothere said:
USAFRet said:
Backtothere said:
Thanks sorted that except that when I install files normally I get a Installation files folder on my desktop This is just wasting my SSD what is it and how can I set it to go to a different location (it comes before I get the option to choose where to Install the main File)


If you download an application (or any file), your browser has settings for where the default download location should be. Mine is set to a secondary drive.


The Download location I worked out that works fine when I double click the installer I get files in my SSD, on a side note your instructions to set the default libraries location, for 8.1 I can only find "locations" "move" which seems to save the items in the folder on both the SSD and the HDD or am I just getting it wrong and the SSD folder reads as having so much data stored in that libraries file but it it really only saved on the HDD and not both, but you can access the files from your SSD libraries folder


For the Libraries, the data is stored on whatever drive you designate. If you've set Documents to be on F/MyDocs....thats where it is actually stored, not on the SSD C drive.

For Win 8.1 and the Locations, yes, Move seems to be the correct choice. That sets the default to whatever place you choose.
The end result with 8.1 appears to be a little different than with 8 or 7.
I created a new folder (Win8Docs), pointed to Location for Documents at that, and it did it, but renamed that to just "Documents". I'll have to update that tutorial. I just installed 8.1 on a secondary laptop last week.

For the installed applications, yes, some small amount of data will be on the SSD. But personally, I've not seen that to be a problem.
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January 17, 2014 10:42:13 AM

Final question then you get your best answer, why can't I "move" my "Users" or "Users/public/publicDownloads" folder from my SSD to my HDD cause that's where it's saving to by default alongside a ProgramData folder which I can't find. Or is this just unchangeable and I just move the majority of the install to the HDD but leave those things in the users file.
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January 17, 2014 10:53:27 AM

Backtothere said:
Final question then you get your best answer, why can't I "move" my "Users" or "Users/public/publicDownloads" folder from my SSD to my HDD cause that's where it's saving to by default alongside a ProgramData folder which I can't find. Or is this just unchangeable and I just move the majority of the install to the HDD but leave those things in the users file.


There are some methods of doing that. Finicky, and multiple registry edits. I've not looked into doing with 8.1, and am not sure of the exact steps.

And some applications you want on the SSD. AV, for instance. Or your favorite image editor.
My personal philosophy is don't force everything to be elsewhere. The small bits that do get put in Users or AppDate on the C drive are relatively small. The bulk of an application will reside in whatever folder/drive you tell it to be.
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January 17, 2014 11:01:00 AM

Thanks some installs you don't get an option to change the location and there is no way to change the fact that everything goes in your "program files" and "users" on your SSD. Right?
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January 17, 2014 11:04:12 AM

Backtothere said:
Thanks some installs you don't get an option to change the location and there is no way to change the fact that everything goes in your "program files" and "users" on your SSD. Right?


I've seen very, very few applications like that in the last decade or so. Choose Custom or Advanced, rather than the default.

But if it truly gives no option....well then that's it. But it would have to be a VERY special application that I really, really needed for me to allow that.
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January 17, 2014 11:11:56 AM

Backtothere said:
and there is no way to change that everything goes in your "program files" and "users" on your SSD to go to your HDD, I don't get the option to "move" for files on my SSD only for files that came with the OS ( desktop ect.) so some things are still getting saved on to my SSD but it's only 1.25GB so far


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