Programs Keep Installing to D

March 18, 2009 at 15:57:52
Specs: Windows XP
I just recently re-installed windows and now programs keep installing to the D Drive, some programs give me the option to choose the install path and i choose C but some of the programs just come up with an Error "Not enough space on the drive" so im guessing it means its installing to drive D without even giving me the option to choose where to install it. So, all in all, how do i make Drive C my "default" drive i suppose or the drive where everything will install too.

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#1
March 18, 2009 at 16:23:05
It depends where the system files are. Not all systems have the system files on C:

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#2
March 18, 2009 at 16:23:27
Your C drive is your primary partition. It's better to install programs on the D drive anyway. That way if you have a problem with your operating system, you can repair it without loosing any applications.

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#3
March 18, 2009 at 16:59:59
How did you go about reformatting and reinstalling the operating system? If you just did it then you should know whether you installed to C or D drives.

In most branded computers such as Dell or HP they have a dual partition in which C drive actually holds the restore functions set at the factory and can be either hidden partition or labled through windows...This then would lead to either windows is installed to D drive or system files are C drive and applications and data to D drive.

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#4
March 18, 2009 at 20:42:13
When you run Setup, if there are any other existing partitions on the same or other hard drives that Setup recognizes as having already been assigned a drive letter, it doesn't use C for the partition Windows is installed on - it uses the next available drive letter.
Your Windows installation is probably on D, not C
.
Start - Run - type: msinfo32 (click OK or press Enter).
On the right, what does it say the Windows directory is?
It's probably D:\Windows.

Programs always default to installing on the partition Windows is installed on unless you change that while installing them, so when the partition Windows is on is D, they install on the D partition by default.
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"...how do i make Drive C my "default" drive...."

By default, you can change the drive letter of any hard drive partition and any optical drive to any drive letter (of C to Z) than is not already being used, EXCEPT the drive letter of the partition Windows was installed on, in Disk Management. Sometimes you need to temporarily or permanently assign different drive letters to free up the ones you want to use.
Normally, the only way you can get Windows to use C now is when you run Setup, you have to either remove or hide existing partitions it detects as having been assigned a drive letter during Setup, BEFORE you run Setup. You do that by either disconnecting other hard drives power connectors or data cables (you may need to change jumper settings on the drives as well) , or by using a program such as Partition Magic, or a freeware or other partition manipulation program, to HIDE the partition(s) you don't want Setup to detect while running Setup.
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Is this a brand name system?
Did you decide to delete the contents of the second partition on the original hard drive and install Windows on it from a regular Windows CD because C was too full?


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#5
March 19, 2009 at 03:43:41
Well, i found out a way to hide my drive D, im not sure if this fixes the problem, but, anyway, most of the programs i install give me a choice where to install too, i dont know if anyone is familiar with microsoft office 2007, but this is the one program im having problems with, i run the setup and it says "Preparing neccesary files" and then just says that i dont have enough disk space to install it, because it wants to install to drive D.

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#6
March 19, 2009 at 06:42:04
"...i choose C but some of the programs just come up with an Error "Not enough space on the drive..."

"...this is the one program im having problems with, i run the setup and it says "Preparing neccesary files" and then just says that i dont have enough disk space to install it, because it wants to install to drive D."

Obviously you don't have enough free space on either partition.

".... i found out a way to hide my drive D..."
"...it wants to install to drive D..."

Your Windows installation is probably on D.

If you had successfully hidden D, Windows could not possibly work.

Programs always default to installing on the partition Windows is installed on unless you change that while installing them, so when the partition Windows is on is D, they want to install on the D partition by default.


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#7
March 19, 2009 at 16:12:08
Well my C drive has 200 gigs of free space, and the wierd thing is, i have windows on both? idk what to do. I mustve screwed up the installation of windows to begin with

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#8
March 20, 2009 at 12:27:10
Please answer ALL of these questions that apply to your case.

Does this computer have only one hard drive?

When you boot are you given the choice of two XP installations to boot from?

If so, do both of them work?

For each one that works, or if you don't get the choice....

Start - Run - type: msinfo32 (click OK or press Enter).
On the right, what does it say the Windows Directory is?

It's probably D:\Windows if you can only boot one XP installation.

If you can boot both, and both work, one would be C:\Windows, the other D:\Windows.
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Is this a brand name system?

If so.....

- did it still have it's brand name supplied original software installation on C before you installed Windows this time?

- did you decide to delete the contents of the second partition on the original hard drive and install Windows on it from a regular Windows CD, without deleting the data that was on the first partition?


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#9
March 20, 2009 at 14:28:48
when i type msinfo32 into run nothing happens, i dont know what the problem with that is

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#10
March 21, 2009 at 09:16:58
Please answer all the questions in response 8 that you can!!

"when i type msinfo32 into run nothing happens"

Did you press Enter or click OK?
If you did, that's not normal.

msinfo32 is System Information - it should always work.

Running that is just easier than me telling you.......

Go to Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Information.

Try this.

Start - Run - type: cmd (click OK or press Enter)
type: set (press Enter)

The last line in the resulting text should say

windir=D:\Windows
or
windir=C:\Windows


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