Solved Install programs on another drive other than Win 7 drive

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
July 31, 2013 at 09:29:38
Specs: Windows 7, 16
Hello again

As you know i have build a nice computer for my friend and now i am about to install some programs in the computer. I do not want to install the programs on the same drive as the operating system so if something happens well we do not loose the programs. Is there a way to make default the installation of all the programs. I do know what to do to choose the drive to install the programs but my friend does not and i would like to make it default so when he installs a program it installs on the drive where all the programs are.


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July 31, 2013 at 11:40:00
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You will still loose access to the programs whether they are installed on a different partition or another hard drive. Don't forget that entries are made to os's registry when you install a program. The registry is part of the operating system which is updated when you install a program. Besides you can't run a program no matter what if the operating system goes south. I still like your idea of installing programs on another hard drive or partition as I do it myself. Don't like having all those entries created in the os partition when installing a program. It is even better for pure data, like documents, pictures, and music away from the os partition. If the os needs to be reinstall after formating the hard drive your data files remain intact on your system. Of cause backup your data is still needs to be done to outside sources.

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July 31, 2013 at 11:50:29
One advantage of installing applications on a drive different then the OS is that a lot of applications do create configuration files on the same drive as the application. If you have to reinstall the application after a system crash, the configuration files should remain intact.

Of course it frees up space on the system drive. Running out of space on the system drive can be fatal.


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July 31, 2013 at 16:17:54
Tried the link provided by FishMonger. The links given by the google search have you editing the registry.. After restart results were that not everthing was showing up in the notification area & some of the icons on the taskbar and desktop were not displayed correctly. Went back into the registry and change the entry back the way it was. Here is what Microsoft has to say about it. No all of it may apply to window 7 as the website applies to a different Microsoft os. I think it is still on par on what it will do to windows 7 as well.

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July 31, 2013 at 18:51:47

I thank you all for your answers this helps me out. Now i know what to do.

Thanks all

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