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Basically I have 2 Hard drives, and i want all my program files on 1, and just windows and my documents on the other. How do i go about doing this, is there a program that will look through and move things safely including the registry entries?

 

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Basically I have 2 Hard drives, and i want all my program files on 1, and just windows and my documents on the other. How do i go about doing this, is there a program that will look through and move things safely including the registry entries?

 

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I don’t know of a program that will change the registry pointers but you could uninstall them and reinstall after changing the location.

 

Create a folder on say, drive D. Now click Start > Run, type regedit, press Enter and navigate to registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion. In the right pane, right-click ProgramFilesDir and Modify it to the drive/folder of your choice, e.g. D:\Program Files which will put all new programs on the D drive.

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I could be wrong but i don't think that would move the registry entry's, what i think may happen is one of two things either you will see .bak files or several entries for a single file like winam.1 winamp.2 and so on.

 

It would be a real good idea if you made a back up of your registry before you do any of this, at least in my opinion.

 

In case you don't know how to make a back up

 

In the runbox regedit

select the very first h_key root right click and export, call it what ever just don't change the .reg

if you need to make an edit make a copy of that file and open it in word pad or note pad and then

re-save it as a .reg. To put it back right click merge. just don't ever change the original this way if

something happnes you can put it back.

 

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awesome I've just done that. its the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT part of the registry yea?

 

That is the registry, mess that up and you could be sol thats why i strongly suggest a back up

before making any edits manually or otherwise.

 

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