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Windows 7: Why is windows saving installation files to another partition?

18 Jul 2011   #1
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Why is windows saving installation files to another partition?

Why is Windows using another partition to save its installation files?
I was just downloading System Sweeper from Microsoft and it started to use my external drive which is not always connected.
Is there any way to change this?


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18 Jul 2011   #2
Maguscreed

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

You weren't running the app from the external were you?
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18 Jul 2011   #3
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I ran the program directly by choosing "run" from IE.
It was creating a bootable media in I:\ which is a USB Flash.
It created a folder in J:\ named as "fgnbjsflkdgjsdfkfdgdg" something like that.
J:\ is a USB External disk.

It did this before too.
When no external drive is connected, my last disk partition (excluding DVD-ROM and virtual DVD-ROM) is F:\ and it was creating folders in F:\ too; again named as something like "fsdgnjlskghjsflkdgsdf".

So, I guess, for some reason it is creating those folders in the last disk partition (not CD/DVDs), because this time J:\ was my last partition.
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18 Jul 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I think you'll find the folders in question are temporary folders that are used as a cache for the downloaded program while you install it.

Once the download has been installed you can delete the temporary folder.

You are right in assuming that a new download will default to the location for the previous one unless you point the download to a new folder.

Whenever I download anything I always go to the option bar at the bottom of the screen and choose Save As, and then point the download to a download folder on my backup drive.

If ever I need the same download again I can just go to my download folder and install it from there.
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18 Jul 2011   #5
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

It is temporary, I understand it.

The thing is I am dealing with several external disks. While a program is installing, and using the temporary folder, I can't unplug the external disk in use (at least safely and not interrupting the installation). I have to wait, and that is very inconvenient if you are working with more than one machine and several external disks. Also, it creates unnecessary folders in syncronization also.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Windows is always choosing the last partition on the machine for some reason. It doesn't matter if the Windows is a fresh install or not.

I both wanted to know the reason for this (It can be a technical reason, I just wanted to know as someone working with computers) and if there is anything to change this.

My last partition is F:\ and Windows Downloads (regularly \User\Downloads) is downloading the files there (for example, when you click save in IE). But why it is going to the external partitions? I couldn't figure it out and actually I couldn't find any information on the Internet either.

Thanks for your reply though, because it made me think that since the Downloads folder is in F:\, and F:\ is the last internal partition; Windows may try to create the temporary installation folders in the last partition. When I connect an external device, it may try to save it on the last partition.

So far, the best reply I can give myself is that Windows is creating the temporary installation folders in a partition which has the greatest space. I will mark this as solved, but I will still be glad if a Windows guru can confirm this.
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18 Jul 2011   #6
Maguscreed

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

Yeah, I seem to remember the 2008 c++ redist leaving behind a bunch of files for no reason.
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18 Jul 2011   #7
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

That is right. I forgot to mention that this only happens with Microsoft products.
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