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I want the boot drive to be different than the system drive

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December 29, 2012 1:00:27 AM

Here's the situation.
I originally had a windows 7 system and I installed all my programs to the one hard drive I had.
Recently, I decided to add an ssd and get windows 8.
I want ONLY THE WINDOWS 8 FILES on the ssd.
This is not the problem, since I installed a clean version of windows 8 to the ssd.
However, if I choose to boot from the ssd all of my programs are giving me an issue.
(Also, they do not show up in the "uninstall a program" thing.)
On the other hand, if I boot from the original hdd, to make it the system hdd, it boots windows 7 instead of windows 8.

Can I boot from the ssd but use the hdd as the system hard drive?
I've seen plenty of people trying to do it the other way around.
a b * Windows 8
a b G Storage
December 29, 2012 1:56:55 AM

You would need to reinstall the games within Windows 8. When re-installing (technically you are not reinstalling them, but you are installing them for the first time) the games, you can point to the HDD as the install location.
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December 29, 2012 2:20:32 AM

There's no way to just tell the registry of the new location?
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a b * Windows 8
a b G Storage
December 29, 2012 2:24:03 AM

There is no sure-fire way to do that unless you know where everything was put to begin with. It would be a tedious task, and even then, they might not work, or might not work properly.
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December 29, 2012 2:28:37 AM

I have tons of programs that were already on the hard drive.
Is reinstalling every single one the only way?
Could I use that hard drive as the default and tell it to use windows 8 from the ssd somehow?
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a b * Windows 8
a b G Storage
December 29, 2012 2:32:34 AM

No, those programs are not yet installed in Windows 8 so it does not know that they exist.

I know it is a pain, but such is the life at times.
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December 29, 2012 2:34:20 AM

Well alright then. In 50 years when this is done I'll post about my success or failure.
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a b * Windows 8
a b G Storage
December 29, 2012 2:40:17 AM

Sorry.
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