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Windows 7: setting default install with 7 on SSD


24 Jul 2013   #1
miztrniceguy

XP Pro 32 bit moving to 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
setting default install with 7 on SSD

I have 7 Pro on a 128 GB SSD. Is there a way to set Windows to automatically install everything to my 500 GB D: drive instead of C: ? It won't take long. Many programs don't let you change the install location.


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24 Jul 2013   #2
TwoCables

 

I haven't had one program that doesn't offer the ability to change the installation path during the setup of the installation.

Doing what you're talking about is risky. Some things need to be installed to the OS drive. So instead, I recommend this: whenever you install something (except for drivers!), look for the Custom install option, or the Advanced one. Just don't let it do the "Typical", or "Express" or "Recommended" installation because then you might not be able to change the path.
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24 Jul 2013   #3
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

Yup. Always use the custom install option and change the location to the D: drive. I replicated the Program Files and Program Files (x86) directories on my D: drive so it's usually only necessary to change the drive letter.
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24 Jul 2013   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You may do it but you lose the speed gained by having the SSD.
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24 Jul 2013   #5
TwoCables

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Yup. Always use the custom install option and change the location to the D: drive. I replicated the Program Files and Program Files (x86) directories on my D: drive so it's usually only necessary to change the drive letter.
and the folder names don't even have to be "Program Files". You could have funny names if you wanted and it would still work.
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24 Jul 2013   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

I`m at the point now where I have 26 GBs left on my ssd, so I`m thinking of uninstalling all the rarely used programs like CPU-z, Office, PowerIso etc. and installing them on a partition on 1 of my other drives and see how it works out.

But keeping my games on the ssd.

I know the games are taking up most of the space, but just gonna keep em on the ssd.

I`m gonna put 1 game on the spinner and see how it plays for comparison.
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25 Jul 2013   #7
TwoCables

 

26 GB is still a large amount of space. I wouldn't do anything unless you're gradually losing like a gigabyte per week or per month or something.
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25 Jul 2013   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

It defeats the purpose of having the increased SSD speed to install the programs to a spinner.

I'd install OS, programs, paging and Hibernation file to SSD. I would not give up Hibernate to save SSD space, but paging can be fixed at 2gb if you have adequate RAM . Virtual Memory Paging File - Change

If there's room start with your User folders on SSD.

Then when necessary move your active User folders to the HDD: User Folders - Change Default Location.

If you prefer Win7 backup imaging then instead of moving the User folders, copy them to the HD and link to the related Library - Include a Folder setting the HD as the default Save location for each.

Keep the empty C User folder in Library so you can see if anything lands there and easily drag it to D.
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25 Jul 2013   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Ya, the programs really don`t take up much at all, just the games......

And all the windows updates, malwarebytes and MSE definitions LOL
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25 Jul 2013   #10
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Yup. Always use the custom install option and change the location to the D: drive. I replicated the Program Files and Program Files (x86) directories on my D: drive so it's usually only necessary to change the drive letter.
and the folder names don't even have to be "Program Files". You could have funny names if you wanted and it would still work.
It would still work but you would need remember to change the install folder name each time because the default is to use "Program Files".

The OS and often used programs I install on the ssd, lesser used programs and data go on the spinner.
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