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Windows 7: Placement of the 'Program Files' folder(s)

27 Dec 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Moving anything that belongs to the system off the SSD defeats the purpose of the SSD which is speed. I would advise you to leave ALL system files on the SSD and only place the user files on the HDD.


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27 Dec 2013   #12
Fantail

7 x64 | 7 x64
 
 

Keeping your OS on an ssd boot drive is fine. Most installers allow you to change the destination folder - drive to what ever you like. I do the same, for example d:\games\. You can install most programs where ever you want. I think MS did that separately to have their 32/64 exe's such as IE in definable folders.
Now I can't speak for Origin but Steam installs can be switched to an alternate drive other than C.
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27 Dec 2013   #13
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

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You can install most programs where ever you want.
That's not the question. To me the question is will having Program Files Program Data and Program Files (x86) under x:\Programs cause issues (e.g. break software.) I think it will. You can install programs under D:\MyPrograms. That doesn't remove the Program Files folders.

But perhaps the OP will post in a week or so if the change was negligible.
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27 Dec 2013   #14
I Am User

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I will not touch the system created 'Program Files' and 'Program Files (x86)'. It will stay where it is, on the SSD.
I want to create a secondary folder for programs on my HDD, because I don't want all programs to be on the SSD. I just thought putting Program Files into another folder at start would cause programs that will later be installed there to not function properly.

What would happen if I created a folder on my H:/ drive (the HDD, not the SSD where the system is) and named the folder 'Programs'. in it I create two more folders, called '64bit' and '32bit'. (path e.g. H:/Programs/64bit). Now could I install a program there? Do programs have to be installed in folders called 'Program Files'? Does the name matter?
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27 Dec 2013   #15
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

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I will not touch the system created 'Program Files' and 'Program Files (x86)'. It will stay where it is
Reading your first post again I see where I got lost. Pardon my confusion. If using the standard names on another drive without a Windows install on that drive/partition will cause any issues I cannot say. I have never tried it.

Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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27 Dec 2013   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With most programs you have the option to install them on a folder of your choice - which could be on the HDD. That is the easiest way to get them to a folder that is different from the standard program files.
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27 Dec 2013   #17
I Am User

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks all.

This is now solved.
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