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Hey I finally finished my new system. The specs are in my signature.
I have Windows XP pro on a 40GB partion of a 60GB Maxtor SATA drive. I also have a 160GB Hitachi ATA drive divided into two partitions, 120GB (for storage and programs) and 40GB(for music only). First of all, is this an efficient set-up?

Also, is there a registry key that I can edit so that when I install a program the default path will be G:\Program Files\ instead of the C:\Program Files\ directory.

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Go to Run.
Type: regedit

Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion


On the right side, find the string called ProgramFilesDir and modify it to the desired
path.

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This way some of your programs default shortcuts wont work.

Well doesn't this just change the install path? Is shouldn't affect the shortcuts of installed programs, correct?

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Windows programs like paint word pad or something like that will be affected .. I did this trick first using system mechanic and then by altering registry ... and some of my default program shortcuts didnt work ... but I think windows automatically finds the programs if we dont cancel the search dialog.

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Windows programs like paint word pad or something like that will be affected .. I did this trick first using system mechanic and then by altering registry ... and some of my default program shortcuts didnt work ... but I think windows automatically finds the programs if we dont cancel the search dialog.

Thanks. Appreciate the help.

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Windows programs like paint word pad or something like that will be affected .. I did this trick first using system mechanic and then by altering registry ... and some of my default program shortcuts didnt work ... but I think windows automatically finds the programs if we dont cancel the search dialog.

I was not suggesting you move the default c:\program files ,My suggestion was meant for creating a new default install folder on another drive or partition .leaving the c:\ one right where its at ,the new one just for programs you installed after installing Windows !

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I was not suggesting you move the default c:\program files ,My suggestion was meant for creating a new default install folder on another drive or partition .leaving the c:\ one right where its at ,the new one just for programs you installed after installing Windows !

Yes Caperjack, thats what I wanted to do. I thought installed programs wouldn't be affected since they already have been installed. This should only manage the path new programs that I install.

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Yes Caperjack, thats what I wanted to do. I thought installed programs wouldn't be affected since they already have been installed. This should only manage the path new programs that I install.

It sould i would think ,i only did this once and it was a few yrs ago and i don't remember having any problems !

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