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Windows 7: How to move an application to new partition?

10 Aug 2010   #1
craney5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
How to move an application to new partition?

Hi all,

Just curious to know what the best way would be to move an application from 1 partition to another. Im looking to move my steam application as i have downloaded a lot of games and running out of space so i would like to put the whole application on a different parition.

Is it as easy as just changing the directory?


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10 Aug 2010   #2
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by craney5 View Post
Hi all,

Just curious to know what the best way would be to move an application from 1 partition to another. Im looking to move my steam application as i have downloaded a lot of games and running out of space so i would like to put the whole application on a different parition.

Is it as easy as just changing the directory?
To answer your question -- NO. Presuming the app wrote stuff to the registry, there could be any number of registry keys that would each need to be changed to point to the new location of the app.

Not saying it can't be done -- but you have a lot of work ahead of you.
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10 Aug 2010   #3
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

To move Steam to another location, first exit Steam and then move the entire Steam folder (probably “C:\Program Files\Steam”) to the destination folder. Delete the “ClientRegistry.blob” file found in the Steam folder and run Steam from the new location. Steam will reconstruct the deleted file and everything should be OK.
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12 Aug 2010   #4
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Did it work for you?
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13 Aug 2010   #5
mlevy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Not so fast you guys..

The mklink command will be just what he needs..

Using Symlinks in Windows Vista - How-To Geek

I know the article says Vista but it DOES work in 7, I did it myself before I got my 1 TB drive. Not to mention that this command is useful for things OTHER than Steam that aren't so nice as to provide a tool for making the move...
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13 Aug 2010   #6
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Absolutely, my method wouldn't work with anything else. OP asked about moving Steam specifically, so I showed him an easy way to do so
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