Windows 10: How To Change Program Files Location In Windows 10
How To Change Program Files Location In Windows 10
i am kind of confuse with windows 10 on how to change Program Files Location. i know in windows 7 and windows 8 all i had to do is go to ''HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion'' and change ProgramFilesDir to the hard driver letter to the on that i prefer. same goes to the ProgramFilesDir (x86)
now here is my real question... on windows 10 we still can do same as i mention above for both x86 and x64. but the problem is if i change the ProgramFilesDir (x86) on windows 10 most of the things on windows 10 stop working. if i change my ProgramFilesDir (x86) :C >>ProgramFilesDir (x86) : D i can't even open the run. and most of the other stuff doesn't response correctly either
i don't know if other people are also having this issue. I've (install windows 10/clean install ) multiple times. after installing is done, every time i go change the ProgramFilesDir (x86). PC stops responding correctly, i was hoping if anyone could help me with this issue. please help me fix this problem. i would really appreciate any help
I'm going to be sorry, but I have to ask
Why are you doing this? If it's a drive space problem, get a larger hard drive.
I can see (sort of) moving user folders like Documents, Music, etc but never system folders as important as the two you are talking about.
This is not normally done on any OS.
hello' thank you for the quick reply the whole reason for me to do this is i have 2 hard drive on my PC. my SSD hard-drive is 119 GB. and my : D hard drive is 2 TB. i have my windows 10 install on the SSD hard-drive
the reason i change my ProgramFilesDir (x86) when i install a new software or a Game i want it all to Automatically install to my : D hard drive. instead of my : C hard drive. i know for a fact that this only happens on windows 10. if i now go to my other PC and install windows 8.1 on it and after the installation is done then i go change my ProgramFilesDir (x86). the PC has no problems it works perfect on windows 7, windows 8, windows 8.1
i am having this issue only with windows 10
You can easily create a symbolic link.
- Move the whole "C:\Program Files" folder to "D:\Program Files" folder
- Open Admin Command Prompt and cd:\C
- Type: mklink /D "Program Files" "D:\Program Files"
Install any programs/Games as normal, take the default install path as C:\Programs Files but all the installed files will be stored in D:\Program Files. This way you don't have to mess with registry or anything else.
More Info on Symbolic Link: Link Shell Extension
thank you soo much for this information. i will go now and test what you said. and i will come back let yŠll know how it went, thanks. topgundcp
Great. Whatever it works for you.
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When I change the Program Files / Program Files (x86) / ProgramData / Users Directory, to a another drive letter, the Built in Windows Apps, stop working, and wont open, anyone sorted this out ?
Did you first copy the "Program Files" and/or "Program Files (x86)" directories to the new location?
cmd.exe as admin
Robocopy "C:\Program Files" "D:\Program Files" /mir
Robocopy "C:\Program Files (x86)" "D:\Program Files (x86)" /mir
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