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Windows 7: App Install on Drive Other Than C

20 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home 64bit
App Install on Drive Other Than C

Is it possible to keep the C drive free of all applications? I mean, I installed Skype and there seems to be no way to keep it off the C drive since there was never any option to install it anywhere else. I installed another program, on another drive in the computer, and while MOST of it went there, you could see some files going to the C drive. This is an issue for me since I have a small 64GB SSD and I do not want it cluttered up with app files in the event I need to reload Windows. Perhaps this is not possible?


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20 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Hi Phil,

Yes - most of the time you can install applications to any drive you like. There are some applications that automatically default to C:.

I'm not 100% if Skype allows to install to any other location. If it doesn't, perhaps you might consider the portable version, found here:

Skype Portable | - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives

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20 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 32 bit

Also many apps that let you install to another partition will still keep some Common Files on the Windows partition. I remember back when I was playing around with multiple flavors of Windows I kept having to use Partition Magic to expand the Windows partition as shared files and DLLs wanted to go on the Windows partition. You should be ok if your initial set up has about 50% free space. You can install quite a bit of stuff on other drives without that much Windows partition creep.

In my case I installed a lot of compilers and IDEs. They are worse than normal programs for insisting some of the stuff go on the Windows partition.

Go portable as much as you can. That will cut it down quite a bit.
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