Windows 10: Change location of program without uninstalling & reinstalling? Solved

  1. phrab's Avatar
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    windows 10 professional 64-bit
       23 Jul 2017 #1

    Change location of program without uninstalling & reinstalling?


    Hi:
    I accidentally installed game into my Start Menu; i.e. it's installed into C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games.

    I would like to have it installed into C:\Program Files (x86)\Games. Does anyone know how I could either 1) make the changes in the registry & then move the files, or 2) know of a utility that I can get that would do it for me?

    I should mention that I have a very old utility (never used) from PC Magazine called coa32 (change of address). However, I have a 64-bit computer now & I'm not sure that it would work.

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. Posts : 37,567
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       23 Jul 2017 #2

    Hi there. Personally I wouldn't be using any utility that messes with the registry, especially an old one.

    If the game is running ok, I'd just keep it there. If it bothers you that much, I would uninstall and reinstall it.
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  3. phrab's Avatar
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       24 Jul 2017 #3

    HippsieGypsie said: View Post
    Hi there. Personally I wouldn't be using any utility that messes with the registry, especially an old one.

    If the game is running ok, I'd just keep it there. If it bothers you that much, I would uninstall and reinstall it.
    Thanks for the response & your advice. I've modified the registry before & I know how to recover from a bad entry, so I'm not afraid to do so, but I agree that an old utility is probably not a good idea.
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  4.    24 Jul 2017 #4

    It's far simpler just to uninstall the game and reinstall in the preferred location. Do you have any game saves you need to keep? If so, you need to work out their location then save and copy the files to the new location.
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  5. phrab's Avatar
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    Thread Starter
       24 Jul 2017 #5

    Steve C said: View Post
    It's far simpler just to uninstall the game and reinstall in the preferred location. Do you have any game saves you need to keep? If so, you need to work out their location then save and copy the files to the new location.
    Thanks for your advice. I will do as both of you have mentioned. This forum is awesome.
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