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Windows 7: Hide the OS?

05 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Hide the OS?

Hello..Can you have the OS on a part of the hdd that can be hidden so that nothing else will get DL to that part of the drive.If I partition 80G just for Windows 7 and the rest for programs and stuff.Its my sons pc I have to clean it up, sometimes he just lets the DL go anywhere and it goes to the Windows 7 partition and fulls it up with junk.If there is a way to hide it? (hope its easy) Thanks

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05 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

I'm not sure what you mean by "hide", but you can certainly configure permissions in such a way that nothing can be downloaded to the system partition.
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05 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
I'm not sure what you mean by "hide", but you can certainly configure permissions in such a way that nothing can be downloaded to the system partition.
Hi.. Ok if I set this permission than programs and other DL stuff wont automatically go to the C drive that the Windows 7 will be?
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05 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Configure the download manager for the browser he uses to point to a folder off the C partition. Teach him how to do so manually as well, and change his libraries.
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05 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Configure the download manager for the browser he uses to point to a folder off the C partition. Teach him how to do so manually as well, and change his libraries.
Hi..I read this on the tutorials about
How to Change the Default Program Files Directory for Installs

you have to go into the registry and make some changes but it looks like some people are having problems with win7x64.


http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ls.html?filter[2]=File Folder Settings
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05 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I would suggest not changing where programs are installed. Leave that alone, and just change his download directory.
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06 May 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

User Profile - Change Default Location
Hi DeaconFrost are you talking about something like this?
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06 May 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

No, I'm talking about just the download folder. You said your son keeps downloading junk that fills his C drive. Create a folder on D called Downloads, and set whatever browser/apps he uses to download the junk to use this folder. No need to reconfigure the OS for something this simple.
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06 May 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If you want Downloads to automatically point to a different folder (if he can't/won't do it manually, or changes it) then you can:

Open his User Profile
Right click Downloads
Go to the Location Tab, and input the folder where you want them to go.
Click OK followed by Yes.

Agree with Deacon though, it is simpler to just change the default download location in the Browser.
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08 May 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi Jack, let me just clarify your program. In your Original Post you said that your son "sometimes he just lets the DL go anywhere and it goes to the Windows 7 partition and fulls it up with junk". What exactly did you mean? From your subsequent posts I am not sure whether you meant simply "download" (i.e. photos, movies, books, etc) or "download and install" programs?

In the former case, the DeaconFrost's advice is almost certain to work, unless your son is doing it on purpose, but given that this is his computer, it's unlikely. So assuming he simply does not pay any attention to where the downloads are saved, he most likely simply clicks "download" and then "save". In this case the file goes to the default download location. What this location is, depends on the browser.

If you use Firefox, the go to Options (or Tools, depends on the FF version). Under "General" tab you can see the options for dealing with the downloads. I assume you have the check-box "always ask me where to save files" unchecked, but if not, clear it. In the field "Save files to" use the "Browse" button to set the default download location to any place you want, presumably off the system drive.

If you use IE9 (that's what I currently have, in older versions the precise steps might be different, but basically the same) you press Ctrl-J, the "View Downloads" window will appear (you can also go to options -> View Downloads). Press Options at the botton of the window and use the Browse button to set up the default download location.

If however your son not only downloads stuff, but also installs lots of programs, then I'm afraid these would go to the appropriate folder on the system drive (usually C:\Program Files). While it is possible to move this folder, I would not recommend it. Moreover, most programs that can be downloaded for free are not that big. So in this case just talk to your son.

Finally, I should mention that you made a smart decision in giving your son his own computer. At least he's not messing with your own machine, which might be important to you for work or otherwise. Now I would make a step further and try to teach him to take care of his own things. His machine should be his responsibility. You can slowly teach him how to use it properly. This will be useful for him and for your relationship as well.
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