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How to change installation path of an .exe file on Win 10?

by jsudd24 / June 22, 2016 12:27 PM PDT

I have a Setup.exe file that is roughly 20gb, where and my PC wants to install in the C: drive, which only has 17gb left of space. My E: drive has over 500gb which is where I would like it to be installed. I went into Settings > System > Storage > and changed the New Apps to be saved in my E: drive; that did nothing and the message still pops up that I need to more disk space in my C: drive. I do not want it in my C: drive and cannot clear any more space from there as I have tried. Any help would be appreciated and I do not want to buy more space because I have 2tb left that is untouched, I just need to the installation path changed.

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We have a prior discission on that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 22, 2016 12:36 PM PDT

While you can place the Setup.exe on another drive, some apps are hard coded to install on C.

The W10 option you changed is only for apps that bother to check that setting. NOTHING HAS CHANGED HERE SINCE 1993 or prior. Apps do not have to obey settings. Can really upset folk new to Microsoft's way.

OK, go ahead and share this app's name so members can see if the author has or will fix this.

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PS. Another article about moving.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 23, 2016 8:32 AM PDT
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How to change installation path of an .exe file on Win 10?

I have Windows 10 64-bit, I did a clean install on a new build (SSD). I would use the Windows "move" application feature and the default download location option but Microsoft greyed out the option on the final release of Windows and nobody knows when the feature will be back.

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From my readings, only for "modern apps."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 23, 2016 8:30 AM PDT

"Windows 10 lets you move modern apps" sums it up. Try it with say Candy Crush. May still work but the app must be "modern."

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