Solved Moving a Programme File Location

June 18, 2011 at 22:58:49
Specs: Windows 7/XP Dual, ?/3gig
I have my System installed on C:\ with some critical programmes listed in the Program Files folder on C:\ however the bulk of my programmes are listed in a "Program Files" folder on drive J:\. Is it possible to drag and drop a programme from C:\Program Files to J:\Program Files and vice versa and still expect it to run? How does this affect the Registry etc?

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June 18, 2011 at 23:06:52
You'll either have to edit some registry settings or uninstall & reinstall to the other drive. "Dragging & Dropping" won't change any registry settings, and when you try to run many of them, they'll likely somehow fail. Some may just need a redirect to the new location; others may not start at all. The exception being if they're "portable" (like those from which don't modify the registry.

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June 19, 2011 at 05:08:09
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Attempting to move installed applications is not recommended. Dragging and dropping applications is almost certain to cause serious problems. The reason is that most applications have associated registry entries and these would be very difficult to update. Best not to go this route at all.

The only safe way to move applications is to uninstall them from the current location and reinstall where desired.

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June 19, 2011 at 10:37:34
The problem is you can move some apps and then edit registry. The issue is more that some apps are real stinkers and they don't want you to do that. They make a file tied to how it sits in the drive and use it's location as locked or with a encryption that you can't easily change.

The uninstall and install may be the best solution.

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June 19, 2011 at 16:59:56
Thank you all for the replies. I suspected that there would be problems and it seems there are. I guess it boils down to laziness on my part and I thought there might just be a shortcut.


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