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Windows 7: Program Files (x86) & Program Files Installed On Another Drive


18 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Program Files (x86) & Program Files Installed On Another Drive

Hi have have a new PC running Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I have 2 drives:

1 x 120GB SSD (running the OS) (C Drive)
1 x 1TB HDD (D Drive)

The SSD is running the OS and a couple of main programs which i use quite often (ie. Office 2010, Antivirus, etc).

The HDD i want to use to install and run Games, iTunes, etc...

My question is, if by default installing programmes want to install to C:\Program Files or Program Files (x86). How to i make them install to D:\ and what file structure should i use to make sure the 64bit and 32bit are in the right file and run as they should at the correct bit version??

Is it just a case of creating Program Files & Program Files (x86) folders on D and navigating to these folders on install?

Thanks

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18 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 x64 / Windows Server 2008 / Linux (Redhat & Deb distros) / OS X / More
 
 

you could try mounting the the hdd partition to your program files folder in your SSD.

I have never done this before and cannot say it will work properly. but its an idea.

Mount Drives or Partitions as a Folder

P.S. I would definitely backup your program files before trying that.
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18 May 2012   #3
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I would move the User data folders and not the Program files since you want Programs to benefit from the faster SSD.

To move the User folders copy them to your data drive and rightclick each to link to the related Windows 7 Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

When you run out of space on the SSD then uninstall lesser-used Programs to install to the HD by directing their installer to it.
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18 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64 / Windows Server 2008 / Linux (Redhat & Deb distros) / OS X / More
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would move the User data folders and not the Program files since you want Programs to benefit from the faster SSD.

To move the User folders copy them to your data drive and rightclick each to link to the related Windows 7 Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

When you run out of space on the SSD then uninstall lesser-used Programs to install to the HD by directing their installer to it.
Yea that sounds like a better plan. all and all this is why i haven't got SSDs yet. i wont until they are at least 500gb in size at a reasonable price.
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22 Sep 2012   #5

windows 7 home premium 64bit sp1 (ver 6.1.7601)
 
 
Program Files (x86) & Program Files Installed On Another Drive

Hi There DaveC118,

I have done this on my PC having 2 x 60GB (raid 0) as my c drive with 4x 2TB in raid 10 mode for all programs and games, pics , music etc

I set this all up after a clean install of win 7 home and my preferred programs installed to my SSD's on the C drive.

here is the solution to your query. there are a couple of things you need to do using the regedit.exe shell

if your not happy in making changes to the registry then you can make a back up of it first before hand.

WARNING: making changes to the registry can prevent other programs from functioning that have already been installed.

ok so the first step is to change the default path for both the 32 bit and 64 bit registry's

copy the command functions below and paste them into the run command line. only one registry can be opened at a time.

1. 64 bit registry

C:\Windows\SysWOW64\regedit.exe

2. 32 bit registry

C:\Windows\regedit.exe

follow the path to the following folder in both registry's

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

click onto the currentversion folder

look for the entry "ProgramFilesDir", double click and change the drive from C to D, where D is the drive you intend to install to, (to distinguish between the two registry's quickly for future ref use lower case "d" for 32 bit and upper case "D" for 64 bit).

and do the same for the entry "ProgramFilesDir (x86)"

exit the directory (exit autosaves) and repeat the process on the other registry

should you need to reverse the process just reopen and it should goto your last exit point on each directory.


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