Windows 10: How to move Program Files folders?

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  1.    05 Aug 2017 #11

    Lol, my bad. I know I am not explaining/asking correctly AT ALL. My apologies. My original concern was if "Program Files" was in the original install path, and I simply changed the drive letter to D, that it wouldn't install correctly to the D drive because there is no "Program Files" folder on the D drive. I apologize for all of the confusion.
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  2. Posts : 5,152
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       05 Aug 2017 #12

    On my Tablets with only 32GB SSDs I have added a 64GB MicroSDXC memory card, it is Drive D: and I install programs on it and have pointed Downloads to it. On my latest Desktop I have a 1TB HDD split as 150GB C: and 780GB D:, doing the same with most programs and redirected Downloads to it. The main thing with those program installs is that the D: drive remains visible to Windows.
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  3.    06 Aug 2017 #13

    Note that while you can choose to install (most) programs on whichever drive or partition you wish, you will almost inevitably still have folders or files related to that program on your system partition.

    - start menu shortcuts
    - working space (folder(s)) in a library folder
    - space in %appdata%
    - possibly a driver
    - registry keys
    etc

    Also note that
    How To Change Program Files Location In Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    #7
    is NOT recommended as changing that will prevent any upgrade procedure.
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       06 Aug 2017 #14

    dalchina said: View Post
    Note that while you can choose to install (most) programs on whichever drive or partition you wish, you will almost inevitably still have folders or files related to that program on your system partition.

    - start menu shortcuts
    - working space (folder(s)) in a library folder
    - space in %appdata%
    - possibly a driver
    - registry keys
    etc

    Also note that
    How To Change Program Files Location In Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    #7
    is NOT recommended as changing that will prevent any upgrade procedure.
    More info on possible downsides of moving the Program Files location, supporting dalchina's statement:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...-program-files
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  5.    06 Aug 2017 #15

    Thank you everyone for the replies and information. Luckily, I never planned on using a registry edit to change anything, as I do not fully comprehend registry edit, and I do not want to mess anything up. The information you guys/ladies provided was enough to answer my questions, and I have successfully begun populating both drives with installs to my liking without issue. Again, thanks.
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  6.    06 Aug 2017 #16

    Hope you've started with a good disk imaging program... you want that to protect your system, your data, your time and possibly your sanity when your PC won't boot, an update messes it up, your disk fails, it gets infected with ransomware...

    We strongly recommend routinely updating your disk image sets - E.g. Macrium reflect (free) + its boot disk + external storage for image sets.
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  7.    06 Aug 2017 #17

    Thank you :)
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    Win 10 Pro 64bit Fall CU
       25 Aug 2017 #18

    Most program installations give you the option of where to load the files, ie C:\Program Files.......... All you have to do is change that location to what you want, ie. D:\Games or E:\My Files or whatever, and it will load there. I do it to all my games - I have a 4TB drive E:\ and install all Steam games there. No issue.
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