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Windows 7: Relocate executable programs

05 Jul 2015   #1
TaskMaster

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Relocate executable programs

I have a partition on my SSD that is preventing me from expanding my 'C' (windows) partition. It contains a few executable programs for which I cannot locate the original installation process.
How can I move these programs to one of the Windows 'Programs' folders so they are usable without reinstalling? Then I can remove the partition and expand the Windows partition.
Thank you for any help offered.


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05 Jul 2015   #2
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

There is no sure way to warrant that everything will work without a proper reinstall, each program is unique in that it might put its dependencies pretty much anywhere, and unless you know how to replicate those it's not possible to ensure that it will work in the same way.

That said, in practice, the vast majority of programs do actually work without trouble simply copying its files over to any other location, at least that's the tendency in the last years. Of course nothing can assure that it will work, but at least merit a try.

The only way to be 100% sure is to uninstall and reinstall to the new location though. It's for that reason that's it's of utmost importance to always backup the installers too, not just user data.
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05 Jul 2015   #3
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

What are the programs, maybe we can help you locate the install software.
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05 Jul 2015   #4
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

There is a shareware program called App Mover made by Funduc Software Inc (time trial I think it is) I have used this before on one system to move quite a few programs and all of them worked flawlessly afterwards, As far as I recall I think the original install packages were corrupt hence the reason for using this.
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06 Jul 2015   #5
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

That looks interesting. I found their web site: Application Mover - Funduc Software

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The base price of Application Mover is $15/single user, plus $10 S&H if you want a disk sent by USPS Priority mail (Domestic US only). EMail delivery is free.
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06 Jul 2015   #6
Andyrids

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
That looks interesting. I found their web site: Application Mover - Funduc Software

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The base price of Application Mover is $15/single user, plus $10 S&H if you want a disk sent by USPS Priority mail (Domestic US only). EMail delivery is free.
Yes that is it... It was a Win7 system I used it on I do not recall exactly what programs I moved but they were ones that carry a lot of reg entries and file association's I do recall that much and it worked... well it worked for the 2 days I had the system for repair and I never got a complaint from the client to say otherwise after it's return.
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07 Jul 2015   #7
TaskMaster

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Alejandro85, Ztruker, Andyrids, thank you for the replies.
I don't think simply moving the folders and files would work. I think Windows 7 would probably get upset.
The folders are AMD and ATI Technoligies. Digging further I find these are drivers and other stuff for my HD5670 graphics card. I have the install CD, but I need to get rid of these before I reinstall to the Windows drive.
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