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Windows 7: First time Power up - config Q

02 Sep 2012   #1
sargan

W7 64 bit ultimate
 
 
First time Power up - config Q

Hi ... just booted up new PC for first time ...
OS installed on SDD ..(W7 Ultimate 64bit)
I have a seperate 1TB HDD installed - partioned into 2 volumes. (D & E)

First
I would like that the OS puts all programs by default onto D:\
I know some programs give you option to select location but not all ... can I setup that 'progam' folder is on D:\

Secondly
I would also like to move User folders to E:\ ...
I have seem articles such as:
User Folders - Change Default Location
This seems to involve creating duplicates ... is there an easier way to make W7 point to a different location (E:\)


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02 Sep 2012   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

There's core parts of the os that reside in program files.
That's why duplicates have to be made to make it work.
I have not encountered a program in many years that does not give the option to install to the location of your choice.
You want your graphics driver and control panel, and tool tray items on the ssd anyhow.
Or you boot speed will suffer greatly.
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02 Sep 2012   #3
sargan

W7 64 bit ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
There's core parts of the os that reside in program files.
That's why duplicates have to be made to make it work.
>>>
I have not encountered a program in many years that does not give the option.
The 2nd program I went to install "Radio Downloader" does not give that option ...


On the first point then .. is the sequence I give link for the best approach ?
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02 Sep 2012   #4
DavidE

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

How big is your SSD?
Most people install programs on the SSD for the fast load performance benefit.
If you have enough space on the SSD, why not install programs there?
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02 Sep 2012   #5
sargan

W7 64 bit ultimate
 
 

I fo0llowed advice on many forums and put OS only on the SSD .. so it should never become out of size ...
The HDD has 2 partitions and will keep all programs & my own data on there.
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02 Sep 2012   #6
sargan

W7 64 bit ultimate
 
 

BTW ... did not have to copy individual files .... found the guide on how to move complete profile instead:
User Profile - Change Default Location

... bit more difficult and need to use Regedit.

But worked fine .. so that part achieved.
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02 Sep 2012   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sargan View Post
I fo0llowed advice on many forums and put OS only on the SSD .. so it should never become out of size ...
Doesn't sound like good advice to me.

Unless your SSD is 30 GB or less.

Games can be quite large and can go on some other drive.

I have over 50 applications and Windows 7 on an SSD. Total occupied space is under 30 GB.
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02 Sep 2012   #8
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sargan View Post
I fo0llowed advice on many forums and put OS only on the SSD .. so it should never become out of size ...
Doesn't sound like good advice to me.

Unless your SSD is 30 GB or less.

Games can be quite large and can go on some other drive.

I have over 50 applications and Windows 7 on an SSD. Total occupied space is under 30 GB.
^This, I don't know why people are so fearful of actually using their ssd's.
I've seen people spend days moving and setting up stuff so the ssd doesn't actually have to do anything to baby it.
Generally by the time they are done I don't understand why they got the ssd in the first place.
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02 Sep 2012   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Install your programs to the SSD for the reasons mentioned and others. If you run out of space uninstall and move lesser-used programs to the data HD.

Copy (don't Move) your User folders to the data drive, then rightclick each to add to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. Then delete any User folder content on the SSD. This prevents several problems.
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