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SSD Program Files Issue (Changing Registry)


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#1 sniperfx20

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 01:00 AM

What have I done?
- I build a new PC from scratch which includes a SSD (C DRIVE) and a regular HDD (W DRIVE).
- I installed this onto the SDD so far: Windows 7, drivers, PC Hardware's software (e.g. overclocking software), and programs that will be used all the time (e.g. Adobe reader / Adobe Flash / Java / Virus Program)
- I changed the library and desktop to the W DRIVE. Meaning My Documents, My Music, My Video, Desktop and Downloads folders are directly linked to the W drive rather than the C drive. This was done manually by creating folders in the W drive and linking them to the W drive.


Then what?
-I wanted to change the default saving directory from C:\Program Files to W:\Program Files, so i followed these steps in the registry.
 

 
Change default from saving in C:\Program Files & C:\Program Files (x86) to HDD directory:
1.Click Start, click Run, type regedit , and then click OK.
2.Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARCE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
3.In the details pane, right-click the ProgramFilesDir registry value, and then click Modify.
4.In the Value data box, type the default location for the Program Files folder (e.g. C-->W drive)
Changed:
ProgramFilesDir (x86)
ProgramFilesDir & ProgramW6432Dir (both b/c 64 bit system)

 

 


What's the problem?
All the shortcuts to the programs on my desktop, start menu and shortcut bar no longer function. An error says that "W:\Program Files\XXX.exe" doesn't exist. Which makes perfect sense because these programs (e.g. overclocking software or Virus Program links) are installed in the C drive.

I plan to install future programs onto the W drive (regular HDD), these programs that I had mentioned above are on the SDD (C drive) where Windows is installed.

Note 1: Everything on the computer works flawlessly, just these links are giving an issue.


Thanks in advance!



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 09:37 AM

Can you edit the links to point them to the C:\ drive.  They are most likely using a variable that changed when you changed the registry entry.



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 02:00 PM

Did you backup the registry prior to making changes in it?


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 02:26 PM

Can you edit the links to point them to the C:\ drive.  They are most likely using a variable that changed when you changed the registry entry.

Just to clarify. I can easily revert back to the default pointing towards the C:\ drive via changing the registry (i have already reverted back and it all seems to work). The thing is the C drive has my SSD (125GB) and the W drive has my regular HDD (1 TB).

 

I wish to install all future programs on the W drive and leave the rest of my C drive for games.

 

 

Did you backup the registry prior to making changes in it?

Yes.  But I have reverted back and forth following those instructions i quoted in my original post which solved the link issue.

 

 

What have I done so far?

Seeing as all the shortcuts to the programs on my desktop, start menu and shortcut bar no longer function. I have simply went through each shortcut/link and replaced it and renamed it. All is well except some new issues have arisen.

 

 

Issue #1:

Firefox on my windows 7 taskbar is functiong correctly. However, when I right click the button, the options such as "open in private window", "open new window", "open new tab" are not showing up. Any idea how to fix this?

 

Issue #2:

Internet explorer no longer functions. I would click on the internet explorer button and the button shows it has executed (transparent border around button) but nothing happens. Then shortly after it indicated it's closed (transparent border vanishes). I have downloaded the latest internet explorer file in hopes to reinstall but when I try to run the installation file, it says I have the latest version. Also, I cannot for the life of me find internet explorer under the "programs and features" list to uninstall.

 

Issue #3:

Simply put, the default windows games (minesweeper, solitare) aren't working.

 

 

Thanks in advance!



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Posted 02 January 2014 - 03:32 PM

7 Tips For Using Multiple Hard Drives With Windows


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