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Netbook-Moving programs

by millerw / March 21, 2011 2:39 AM PDT

I hope someone can help. My netbook has a partitioned hard drive. C:(os) and D: So unbeknown to me all of the software I installed reside in C:, all programs are in C: along with My Documents. What this has done is to fill that small partition. Can I just drag them all into D: or what would be the best way to fix it.


MSI Netbook
160 gig drive
windows xp

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Re: moving programs
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 21, 2011 2:55 AM PDT

SOME installers indeed install on the c:-drive without giving the user the opportunity to browse to another location. MOST installer, however, let the user choose. But SOME users (like you maybe) don't see the browse...-button and click on Next without choosing another location.

SOME program can simply be moved. MOST programs can't and need an uninstall/reinstall instead. You only know until you try. Moving certainly implies changing the shortcuts in Start>Program files and on your desktop.

Moving My Documents, however, is fully supported. From My Computer or Windows Explorer, right click>Properties and find the move. tells the details.


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by millerw / March 21, 2011 6:58 AM PDT
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Thanks, I will try it and see what happens. Can the programs folder be moved or does that just show all of the programs regardless if they are in the C or D partition.

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You can't move the whole folder.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 21, 2011 7:04 AM PDT

Some of it's subfolders are created and used by Windows itself.

Create a Program Files folder on the d:-drive. Then you can try to move subfolders of c:\Program Files to d:\Program Files. I've had success with several small programs. The larger the subfolder, the more complex the program, the less likely that it will work. Then uninstall from c: and reinstall on the d:.

Important note: uninstalling doesn't free space. That is because everything uninstalled is copied to the System Restore area on the c:-drive. You have to empty that (using ccleaner or the disk cleanup wizard or by disabling and enabling System Restore) to really free the space.


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