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Partition Harddrive..install programs

By Ray
Jun 23, 2004
  1. Hi
    I Partitioned my 40 gig hardrive into C, D, E, F and G using Fdisk then I formatted each drive, then installed Win Me on C drive.
    When I install some programs they ask for the path to which I want them installed..perfect I have a choice. I wanted to keep "C" just for my OS. Now my problem is this.. When I try to install MSWord it doesn't ask where to install it. The computer just installs MSWord into "C" automatically. How can I have control over where each program is installed as per Drive???

    Thanks Ray
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    You can change the default "Program Files" folder using regedit to edit the Windows registry.

    Start / Run / regedit.exe

    Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion

    There will be a string called ProgramFilesDir. Double click on it and change the value of the string to match the directory where you'd like your Program Files to be stored by default.

    Please keep in mind the following... Regardless, most programs are going to install files onto your C: anyway, because they have to copy shared / system files to the Windows directory etc... But the actual program itself will install to the location you specify, which is where most of the space taken up.

    And remember, it is always good to leave plenty of extra space on your system partition. I might double the space required. For example, if your Windows Me takes up 500MB, then I would make sure the partition is at least 1GB.

    From my experiences, I might make that system partition with Windows Me somewhere around 1.5 to 2GB or better.
  3. Ray

    Ray TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Being this was the first time that I had Fdisked a hardrive I figured I'd be safe.. So I gave "C"..4 gig. and my last drive is for my personal files and that got 6 gig. I had 6 different instructions on how to Fdisk a drive and when I got into doing the partitions..1/2 way through the instructions never coincided with any of the instructions. I had to wing it myself but after 2 attempts it worked ok. So far everything is smooth running.
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