SSD Program Files Issue (Changing Registry)

  sniperfx 05:32 02 Jan 2014

What have I done?

  • I build a new PC from scratch which includes a SSD (C DRIVE) and a regular HDD (W DRIVE).
  • I installed this onto the SDD so far: Windows 7, drivers, PC Hardware's software (e.g. overclocking software), and programs that will be used all the time (e.g. Adobe reader / Adobe Flash / Java / Virus Program)
  • I changed the library and desktop to the W DRIVE. Meaning My Documents, My Music, My Video, Desktop and Downloads folders are directly linked to the W drive rather than the C drive. This was done manually by creating folders in the W drive and linking them to the W drive.

Then what?

-I wanted to change the default saving directory from C:\Program Files to W:\Program Files, so i followed these steps in the registry.

Change default from saving in C:\Program Files & C:\Program Files (x86) to HDD directory: 1.Click Start, click Run, type regedit , and then click OK. 2.Go to: HKEYLOCALMACHINE\SOFTWARCE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion 3.In the details pane, right-click the ProgramFilesDir registry value, and then click Modify. 4.In the Value data box, type the default location for the Program Files folder (e.g. C-->W drive) Changed: ProgramFilesDir (x86) ProgramFilesDir & ProgramW6432Dir (both b/c 64 bit system)

What's the problem?

All the shortcuts to the programs on my desktop, start menu and shortcut bar no longer function. An error says that "W:\Program Files\XXX.exe" doesn't exist. Which makes perfect sense because these programs (e.g. overclocking software or Virus Program links) are installed in the C drive.

I plan to install future programs onto the W drive (regular HDD), these programs that I had mentioned above are on the SDD (C drive) where Windows is installed.

Note 1: Everything on the computer works flawlessly, just these links are giving an issue.

Thanks in advance!

  Secret-Squirrel 09:34 02 Jan 2014

"I wanted to change the default saving i followed these steps in the registry."

From what I've been reading on Google, doing that is a recipe for disaster and I'm not surprised you're having those problems.

Firstly, put things in the Registry back to how they were. In future when you're installing software, indicate that you want to install it on your W: drive. Not all programs give you a choice though.

Hopefully someone else will know a safe and reliable method to accomplish what you want.

  rdave13 11:02 02 Jan 2014

I agree with Secret-Squirrel. I simply use the browsers to re-allocate the default download folder. In IE, tools, view downloads, options (bottom left)I just browse to the pre-created folder. Mine is D:\newdownloads for example. You'll have to do the same for your other browsers.

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