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Moving Applications folder to another hard drive?


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#1 simpsonman3000

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 04:44 PM

I'm doing an upgrade install from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7. All my applications are currently installed in the "Program Files (x86)" folder on my C drive.

I created a new partition specifically for data (Z:) where I have all my movies, music, etc. because before I image my C: drive, I want to shrink it as much as possible.

I want to know if I can copy that "Program Files (x86)" folder to my Z: and if, after I install Windows 7, I can keep the folder on the Z: and still use the applications as-is, if I have to do some editing to them, or if i have to reinstall them all.

Hope this makes sense and someone can help.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 08:38 PM

Programs cannot be moved. They have to be reinstalled.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 09:18 PM

theres nothing i can do, like change the shortcut path or something?

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 09:21 PM

Unfortunately, not.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:04 PM

wow that really sucks.

Edited by simpsonman3000, 12 February 2010 - 10:16 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:07 PM

I know...LOL

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:17 PM

if i do an upgrade install is it easy to take the program files out of the windows.old folder and have them work? if i did this, would they only work if i put them back in the C:?

ALSO is there a way to see all the folders and their sizes on your hard drive? right now i'm cutting down the size of my C: drive to do a hard drive image and it says there's 43 GB of free space on the partition but the only big folders i see left are the 4 GB program files and the 8 GB WINDOWS folder and i'm trying to see what else i can put on my data drive

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:25 PM

if i do an upgrade install is it easy to take the program files out of the windows.old folder and have them work? if i did this, would they only work if i put them back in the C:?

As I said before, programs have to be reinstalled. There is no other way around.

ALSO is there a way to see all the folders and their sizes on your hard drive?

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:37 PM

ok i just didn't know if the windows.old folder allows you to do that as opposed to moving them to a new partition, which i am doing. i guess the windows.old folder is only for music and stuff like that then

Right click on a folder, click "Properties', or...


REALLY? you didn't even think i knew that? :huh:
yeah i meant like to see a list of the folders/files by size

by the way for backup i am using acronis true image

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:39 PM

Yes, you can move any data around.

yeah i meant like to see a list of the folders/files by size


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