installs from CD go to wrong partition

Hewlett-packard / A500p
May 26, 2009 at 15:36:18
Specs: Windows XP Home, Intel Celeron 2.8GHz
Have small H: partition and large C: partition but software loading off CDROM loads to H by default and I cannot stop that. Can I reset that somehow?

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May 26, 2009 at 15:58:59
... whats on the CD?... xp?.. or is it a recovery cd that will create recovery partition files first... then install xp from that partition to c: drive.... hey some do!

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May 26, 2009 at 15:59:21
There is no "default" imposed by Windows. Any default installation location is set by the software you are installing. With that said, most software will allow you to select where you want to install to.

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May 26, 2009 at 16:14:11
What's on the CD? Sorry, should have been more specific.
The CDs (plural) are educational programs (Magic Bus, etc) for my daughter. Sometimes they give a choice of loading location and sometimes go straight to H. I seem to have XP on both partitions but wonder if the primary one is on H and that is why the software defaults there. Is there something in the Boot menu or F8 that allows one to choose the primary partition? I assume that collapsing the partitions or deleting one is not a good option. I am assuming the H partition is just a "recovery partition" for XP.

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May 26, 2009 at 16:32:13
The reason you don't get a choice is because you are using the auto install method.

Try going to your CD drive letter in My computer and right click on it. Choose properties> auto play. Tick the bullet marked prompt me each time to choose an action.

When you next insert a CD you should get that screen. Choose take no action. Then right click on the CD drive letter and choose explore. Then look for a Setup.exe file.

Double click on that file and watch the prompts. You should be able to either choose a custom install or if the path comes up as the H drive you should be able to either browse of change the drive letter in that screen. Once you change it you may find it will default to the C drive from then on.

Try it and post back if it doesn't work for you.

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May 26, 2009 at 23:49:04
Thanks. The drive already had the prompt set. When I looked at the CD and ran the setup.exe it was exactly the same as the autorun.exe and gave no choice of drive letter to load to.

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May 27, 2009 at 03:41:45
Sometimes it is not so obvious how to change the path. Have you tried highlighting the path string and changing JUST the drive letter? Is there a browse button? Check out the link below to see if this is the company that made the CD. There is a contact phone number for customer support.

I have rarely run into programs that would not allow you to change the path. In all instances the path defaulted to C drive. Not saying you are wrong, just haven't seen that before.

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May 27, 2009 at 10:50:20
... Follow these steps to change your default installation directory

1) Click on start button. Select Run. Type regedit. Click Ok.

2) Now you can see the registry Editor.

3).In the left panel Navigate to the following key +HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion (<click this)

4) In the right panel, select ProgramFilesDir. (%ProgramFiles%)

5) Double click(or right click and select modify) on that and change the value to your desired path (Eg:C:\Program Files). Click OK.

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May 27, 2009 at 13:22:41
What is your h: partition?
Did you create it?
what is on it?

A easy way to eliminate installs going to it is go into Disk manager and remove the drive letter assignment. Leave it unassigned.

It won't show up in My Computer then.

You should also check your environmental variables to make sure h: is not included in the path.
System properties/Advanced/environmental variables button lower middle of screen.

You should not have h:\temp or h: anything listed here.

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June 1, 2009 at 10:21:42
Thanks Mavis007!!
I hesitate to mess with the Registry but that was exactly what was needed. Now the software that doesn't allow a choice is loaded into C instead of H. It is odd that when I click on an icon and Properties I still get a Target that includes H. That is easy to change though.

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