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How to redefine the location of the Program Files directory C: to D:

Q: How to redefine the location of the Program Files directory C: to D:

I have gone back to try to find the answer to this question but I have not seen it answered here yet.

I just did a clean install of a 120Gb HD on an old lappy (Compaq Presario V2000) which I want to donate to a student. I wish to have the XP Pro on the C:\ Partition 1 and then for all other files to automatically search to find the D:\ Partition 2 when they are being installed.

As it is now the files try to load everything on the C drive. My C drive is 12Gb and D drive is 118Gb roughly speaking. I have seen answers about moving directories in registry ProgramDir but I do not see one in this XP Pro SP3 install. Also I do not want any of the Windows files to stop working, like Outlook Express etc.

What I do want is for all new software to install on D drive and not C.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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A: How to redefine the location of the Program Files directory C: to D:

You cannot, change the drive letter of the boot partition (the one that contains the Windows XP program files). Program Files must still be on C:
But you can change the Default Install file location to a Different Drive letter.

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Setup: Windows 7 X64 Enterprise, no SP1.
1) Tried the registry change to clear the offline files cache on c:\windows\csc and move it to d:\csc

http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-relocate-or-move-offline-files-client-side-caching-location-in-windows-7-or-vista/ . This doesn't work. Windows simply ignores the reg key "CacheLocation" and post-reboot just recreates c:\windows\csc after
I went through the steps to remove it earlier. Syntax used in the reg key for CacheLocation is \??\d:\csc (I tried with and without the folder created manually).
2) Offlines files when instructed to sync a child folder of a parent drive mapping attempts to sync the entire parent folder. This is really annoying because the parent folder has over 1TB in it.
\\servername\parent\child is right clicked, I choose "always available offline" and I see it start to sync. In the progress bar I can literally see it pulling data like xls and pst files off of the parent folder.
What's puzzling is that others seem to have luck in getting #1 to work so it makes me think I'm screwing up the steps but I've check it and tried it twice now.
Any help would be appreciated.

A:Offline Files Cache location change not working and caching entire parent directory

The default location of the Offline Folders cache is %systemroot%\csc. If you need to move this cache to another location
on your computer for some reason, follow these steps:
1. Set the following REG_DWORD registry key to a value of 1:


Doing this ensures that all items in the cache are migrated

2. Run the Windows Easy Transfer wizard. Once the data has been scanned, a Customize link is displayed. Click this link and
make sure that Windows Settings is checked for all items displayed in the list.

3. Once you have collected the data, set the following String registry key to specify the new cache location:


For example, to move the cache to a folder named CSCCache on your D: drive, specify the following value:


4. Now reboot your computer, run the Easy Transfer wizard again and apply the previously gathered files. Then reboot one more
time when prompted by the wizard.
Moving the Offline Files Cache in Windows Vista
Note: migwiz.exe is in system32 in Win7
942960 How to move the client-side caching (CSC) folder to a new location in Windows Vista
937475 How to change the location of the CSC folder by configuring the CacheLocation registry value in Windows VistaSumesh ... Read more

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after installing a Canon printer driver, I am now getting an error:

Cannot access C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink the file directory is corrupted.
I have tried running scan disc and it doesn't work and have tried from the command window and it stops 73% through and say can't go any further to maintain system integrity. I have also tried restoring from a back-up but it wont let me as well.

Any suggestions?

A:C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink corrupted file directory

I have a similar problem, see other thread with same title.

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Thanks to anyone who can help. I've searched for this topic and haven't found anything that worked for me. I posted this topic a couple days ago but just now it didn't show up; sorry if I've double-posted.

I'm trying to download itunes for the first time, but I get the error in the title when I try to run the itunes_setup.exe file. When I cancel, I get "The installer has insufficient privileges to access this directory: C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update. The installation cannot continue. Log on as administrator or contact your system administrator."

I checked and confirmed that I am the admin on my PC, and all accounts are set up with full access privileges to these folders. I also tried rebooting in safe mode and logging on as "Administrator" and running the .exe from a flash drive.

I think I had similar problems loading an XP Office Upgrade a few months ago; I finally just gave up. I have Spybot Search and Destroy; it says I'm clean, for whatever that's worth.

Please help! Thanks again.

A:error occurred with attempting to create directory C:\Program Files\Common Files

You are mostly likley on a limited account.
Are you using Xp
Are you the only account. There are other reasons but lets look at this option first

Go to control panel use accounts and click on your user name , it will say if you are and admin of the machine or you are using a limited account.

Take alook at that and post back

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When I try to install any programs like skype and the last part of the installation I get an error occured while attempting to create the directory: C:program files\ common files
why is this happening? but more importantly how do I fix it?
Thanks for any help given

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An error accurred while attempting to create the directory C:\Program Files\Common Files
wont let me install some programs like msn i dunno why..

A:error accurred while attempting to create the directory C:\Program Files\Common Files


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I have been trying to install Microsoft Office and keep getting an error

Cannot access C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink the file directory is corrupted. I have tried running scan disc and it doesn't work and have tried from the command window and it stops 73% through and say can't go any further to maintain system integrity.

Any suggestions?


A:C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink corrupted file directory

Hi tonedef -

Welcome to the Tech Support Forum - Vista Support!

What version of Office are you trying to install (e.g, 2003 or 2007)?

Have you changed any file permission settings or "Taken Ownership" of any folders/files?

The "scan disk" that you mentioned running... was it "sfc /scannow"? If not, click on START | type cmd.exe in the Start Search box | right-click on cmd.exe | select Run as Admin

In the screen that comes up type the following:

sfc /scannow (space after sfc) - press ENTER

Let this run. Try Office re-install.

Good Luck. . .


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I've been troubleshooting issues with my pc all week (0x8e BSOD mostly and a registry recover message on start up). I have narrowed it down to my RAM, processor, or motherboard (specs below). This is also a week old install of XP Pro.

During testing one of my memory sticks to see if it was the faulty one, I was trying to open Winamp and it came up with some script error, followed by a notification in the system tray to run chkdsk. I OK'd all that out, and scheduled a chkdsk. I opened my Explorer (right clicked Start and Explore) and went into Program Files...and nothing was there but Windows junk (Messenger, WMP, and so forth). There was only about 7 of these folders, and I noticed my virus scanner (Avast!) was not in the systray, nor was my firewall icon.

So, I clicked on the Avast! shortcut and an error came up saying the link is invalid yada yada Press OK to delete. I tried other shortcuts...some worked but others gave the same error.

Any ideas how all those files went Adios but some programs that are supposed to be in there still work? I have already done chkdsk /r in Recovery console, and tried to restore my pc back a few days (It runs, but it says it cannot restore it). I really want to blame one of the memory sticks for this, but somehow they are checking out ok by themselves.

Mobo- AOpen AK77-400N
Processor- AMD XP 2400+
ATI Radeon 9200 AGP 8x
Memory- G Skill 2 GB PC3200 DDR400 (two 1 GB sticks)
Windows XP Pro SP3

A:Nothing in Program Files directory

is it the same when in safe mode? if you can get into Avast! set it to do a full scan on startup...It looks like it could be a virus to me. Have you checked to see what processes are running?

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I have a program files directory on my e:\ that I use to install most of my applicaitons to as it is much larger than my c:\ partition.

However I cannot write or delete anything from this folder now, and I cannot open an application I have been using for ages either, and this is how I noticed it. I have scanned my machine using Panda Titanium 2007, Adaware and AVG anti spyware, and nothing suspect shows up but I presume it is something malicious.

Has anyone got any ideas? It is only this directory that is giving me trouble and today is the first time this has shown up. I am logged in as the same profile I always use.

Win 2000 machine.

Here is the hijackthis log...... Any help appreciated.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 21:58:19, on 10/10/2006
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
E:\Program Files\TPSrv.exe
E:\Program Files\pavsrv50.exe
E:\Program Files\AVENGINE.EXE
e:\program files\firewall\PNMSRV.EXE
e:\Program Files\ewido\security suite\ewidoctrl.exe
E:\Program Files\PavFnSvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Panda Software\PavShld\pavprsrv.exe
E:\Program Files\PsImSvc.exe
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A:Cannot write to program files directory

Anyone please? I can't open most of the applicaitons I have installed to that directory. It was ok a couple of days ago, and I haven't noticed anything else changing.

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After fighting with my machine all day to try to get it to boot, I ended up doing a reinstall over top of my existing windows xp installation. When I finally got my machine back up and running, everything in my program files directory was gone, though I did not have more free space on my machine than I did before. Any idea where windows is hiding my program files, and any idea how I can get them back?

A:Program Files directory wiped out

Anybody have any ideas on this? I'm kind of stuck here.

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When I start up my laptop I receive the error that my directory\program files is corrupt and unreadable. I am directed to run the Chkdsk utility. I cannot run this utility. When I try i am told that I do not have authority to run it although I am the only user on this computer. If I try to run it as a scheduled mainenance it does not run. Any one have this problem and how did you fix it?

A:Directory\Program files is corrupt

Hello Ray, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if doing a System Restore at boot using a restore point dated before this error may be able to fix it for you. If not, then you may need to reinstall Vista.

Hope this helps,

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I'm trying to find a simple, straightforward opensource Windows program to compare all files within a directory to all files in a different directory in order to ensure that they are completely identical (basically to verify backups). I'm looking for something more reliable than simply comparing file sizes or dates. I would think the most efficient way to do this would be by using some fast and simple file hash (md5?) to compare the two.
I looked through the "Freeware Replacements for Common Commercial Apps" post, but I didn't see anything like this. Does anyone know of a program like this?

A:Program to compare all files in directory

Beyond Compare (not freeware): http://www.scootersoftware.com/features.php

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One of the jobs I have where I work is to write logon scripts using Kixtart for a 1500 user LAN. I'd like to inventory (among others) the workstations with GoHip installed. Does anyone know the location of the program files for GoHip and anything similar that would confirm the presence of this crapware? After inventory, I'm looking forward to writing a removal script as well.

Thanks in advance.

A:Location of GoHip Program Files

I would imagine that is C:\Program Files
There is an uninstaller available here that you could write a batch file for

It's not often that M$KB have a spyware removal page

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I'm sure I once read somewhere that it was possible to make a change to the registry so that software installations would not automatically install into the default of 'C:\Program Files' - does anyone here know of such a trick ?

Background is that I have a 'C' Drive and a 'D' Drive - C is down to about 200 MB free while D has about 2 GB free. Most software installation routines allow you to specify 'D:\Program Files\Whatever ..' asd the installation folder rather than the default of
'C:\Program Files\Whatever ...' - but various Microsoft products still continue to install some files into
'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared' even where
the actual product is installing its main files into (eg)
'D:\Program Files\Whatever ...'.

And this is what this registry change is supposed to prevent - but after trawling through MSDN I can't find any references to this, so I'd appreciate if someone knew of this change ?



A:Location of \Program Files Folder ?

dont mess w/ that!!!

the information its placing on you c:/ drive is miniscule

that folder allows your various programs to communicate w/ each other along w/ some user/global variables

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I've managed to change my "Program Files" location so it is my E:\ drive, and when I install 64bit applications it automatically wants to install to E:\Program Files (which is a good thing)
However, I can't seem to make "Program Files (x86)" change too. I've uninstalled everything from there, but when I install 32 bit programs it wants by default to install to C:\Program Files (x86) , instead of E:\Program Files (x86).

How can I change the default install location of 32 bit applications too? Here is what the registry page looks like that I changed everything in:
(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion)

I'm running Windows 7 64 bit if you didn't realise already
Many thanks

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OK so built new computer and was suggested by tech at ncix that i have two hard drives. 1ssd for operating system 120G and one for all other crap, programs software games etc.. 2TB. Did that and have about 70g filled on ssd with operating system and some other stuff and want now to have ALL other software etc installed on 2TB drive. I have read other forums and have changed setting as per instructions on other forums as in regedit and changing programfilesdir and programfilesdirx86 from C which is my ssd to E which is 2TB. the programs that i now install seem to install on E as from what i can see but now for some reason shortcut icons on destop will error saying path does not exist in C drive. after reading a couple of threads on this site i noticed that someone else has same problem and changed another file in regedit called programw6432dir as well. i have not made that change yet. should i? will that fix the error path message? it also affected my internet explorer when i go to use it from the start menu and with the path error message from those programs destop icon logos they no longer show up as the logo it was before but a generic logo with no discription. Just so you all know i am running windows7pro64 amd8core 32gigram. i am a novice as for computers and all the setting and all. Please email me back with advice to solve my problem at: ****



A:windows 7 changing program files directory

Hello toomuchbeer and welcome to TSF,

There are a few ways to do this...

Custom installation paths and utilization of Windows 7 Libraries.

The easiest way is to specify installation paths when installing programs. Most installable programs will allow you to chose a non-standard installation path.

Also, Windows 7 libraries allow you to access your documents and media files from multiple locations. When you add a location to your library, opening "Documents" for example, will show you items in your Documents folder AND the added location.

This is the way I would suggest to do things.. It requires a bit more attention, but your main OS files and updates will easily fit on the 120GB SSD. And you can still install programs that you want to launch with SSD speeds in the default location...

Also.... I suggest moving the paging file to the HDD...
Right click Computer
Select Properties
On the left of the screen select Advanced System Settings
Select the Advanced Tab
Select Settings in the Performance box
Select the Advanced Tab
Select Change in the Virtual Memory box.
Deselect Automatically manage paging file size for all drives
Select the C: Drive (Windows installation)
Select No Paging File
Select the secondary HDD.
Select either System Managed size or Custom Size. (note: By selecting Custom size, it allows you to set a static size for your paging file... This can increase performance, but be careful not to set the size too low... I suggest a min... Read more

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Dear All,

I am currently setting up my new machine with Vista business 64-bit, and am aware that vista creates 2 folders for x64 and x86 software.
However i have a fairly lean disk partition (80gb) for vista and want to keep this drive free for windows and virtual memory/scratch disks.
This means that all software needs to be loaded on another partition or on my second hard disk.
Is this possibe?
Do i have to create 2 new program file folders to mimic the existing setup? i.e say for eg. d:\program files(x86) and d:\program files..??
Your help is appreciated.

Farhad E.

A:Changing location of Program Files folder(s)

Hi Farhad,

Welcome to the forum.

You will not be able change or move the locations for the programs included in Vista. (EX: Windows Mail, Sidebar, Firewall, etc...)

You will not need to create two folders on your other partition for a 32 bit and 64 bit Programs folder. When you install a program, just make sure you change the installation location for it to your other partition.

Hope this helps,

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i am kind of confuse with windows 10 on how to change Program Files Location. i know in windows 7 and windows 8 all i had to do is go to ''HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion'' and change ProgramFilesDir to the hard driver letter to the on that i prefer. same goes to the ProgramFilesDir (x86)

now here is my real question... on windows 10 we still can do same as i mention above for both x86 and x64. but the problem is if i change the ProgramFilesDir (x86) on windows 10 most of the things on windows 10 stop working. if i change my ProgramFilesDir (x86) :C >>ProgramFilesDir (x86) : D i can't even open the run. and most of the other stuff doesn't response correctly either

i don't know if other people are also having this issue. I've (install windows 10/clean install ) multiple times. after installing is done, every time i go change the ProgramFilesDir (x86). PC stops responding correctly, i was hoping if anyone could help me with this issue. please help me fix this problem. i would really appreciate any help

A:How To Change Program Files Location In Windows 10

I'm going to be sorry, but I have to ask

Why are you doing this? If it's a drive space problem, get a larger hard drive.

I can see (sort of) moving user folders like Documents, Music, etc but never system folders as important as the two you are talking about.

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Just partitioned my disk -- now have a new space just for programs. I'm copying all the files from C: to the new location E:

Will the programs still function (since the paths will be different now)? Do I need to change anything? If so, what is the easiest way?


A:Moving program files to another location XP Home

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Hi all,

This friday i plan to do a clean install of Windows 7 because im running the RC right now but bought the Retail version. Im going to plan out my partitions so that i have one pertition for the OS, and another for my personal files and Program Files.

So i just wanted to know, how would i change the location from my C partition of the program files to lets say the D drive (other partition)?

Am i supposed to do it manually by cutting the folder and pasting it, and whenever i install a program i change the directory, or is there an automatic way like changing a registry value?

Look forward to your answers!

edit: after further research it looks like u can change a reg value, but it may cause problems with some Microsoft software. What do most of you people here do cause i've read that some people here have separate drives for program files?

A:Change Program Files default location?

The program files are a part of the OS .. I see no reason to put them in another partition.
A different partition for your personal data is a good idea if you plan on having a lot of data.

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Hi, I work in a computer repair shop, and I've recently had two computers come in separately with the same very odd problem. What appears to have happened is that something has deleted most (but not all) of the folders within the Program Files and Program Files (x86) directories. A secondary symptom is that the start menu is also almost or completely empty. Files remain associated with the removed programs, and they appear to have been simply deleted rather than uninstalled. When the first machine came in I thought perhaps this was user error, but having seen a second identical but unrelated instance that now seems unlikely. The second user said it occurred around the time she was installing Norton 360 (in fact, the disk was still in her drive). I've checked in both cases and:
- The hard drives were healthy
- The folders were deleted, not hidden.

Anyone heard of a virus being the cause of something like this? I've done some extensive googling, and found a few people mentioning similar symptoms as far back as 2002, but no explanations.

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I don't know where all the space in my C: is going. Is there a program that searches for files of a large size or lists files according to their size?

A:Is there a program that searches a drive or given directory for large files?

The following is freeware and doesn't require installation. It will find the 100 largest files on your drive:

Largest Files Finder

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Have a Windows 7 computer with almost 300,000 files in the %temp% dir and wanted to know if anyone had a suggestion on how to determine which program is creating all these files.  Looked under properties and didn't see any info, but maybe there is a way to generate a log of which file writes to the directory?
Any help you could provide would be appreciated.  Thanks.

A:Determine which program is creating files in the %temp% directory

Sysinternals Process Monitor can help you identify which processes create files in your temp directory. You have to set an appropriate filter so that you don't drown in the vast amount of log data.

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I'm having several issues; I've thoroughly messed up my computer in the span of the past hour. I'll try to explain as quickly as possible. I'm on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, and I have an SSD boot device with all of my files on a HDD. I edited the registry keys forever ago to move my program files directory to the HDD (both 64-bit and 32-bit to the same directory, and yes, I edited both the 64-bit and 32-bit registries), and it's worked just fine.
Installed final version of IE 10, had the same issue I had with the release preview (doesn't run--crashes a few seconds after the window opens)
Some programs run from the SSD even though I changed the Program Files directory to the HDD, so I copied the new Internet Explorer files from the HDD to the appropriate locations on the SSD, including overwriting ieproxy.dll (lots of fun to do, believe me). Didn't work, so I uninstalled IE 10 (which causes it to revert to IE 9), and rebooted as part of that process.
After rebooting, IE did absolutely nothing, but now all folders in Windows Explorer open in a new window when double-clicked. I have done everything I could find to fix this (including checking the registry entries at HKCR\Folder\shell and others). Nothing has worked.
Ran sfc /scannow, and it found and fixed errors. Rebooted but the problem persists and my program files directory (previously H:\Program Files) has renamed itself to H:\Program Files (x86), but the old directory can still be navigated to directly, and the old directory i... Read more

A:Program Files directory renamed itself, among other related issues

Having the 2 folders is totally normal. So what other problems are you having ?

Why are you changing the program files to the hdd, it defeats the purpose of using a ssd for it`s speed.

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Since our vacations are about to start , I wanted to download songs
from our hostels LAN .I selected a huge collection of songs and started downloading it (using dc++).
I have not specified any download directory for dc++ .
So it should download all of the files into the default C:\program files\dc++\download directory.
But I am "not able to see" any such directory .
But I am "able to see" the directory upon pressing open file list button in dc++ and going up in the directory level
the available space of the c drive went down by 8GB(if it might interest you)
please help me in this regard .
thank you in advance.

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I have been getting the above error on every 64-bit software I try to install, I also looked at the keys in the registry for CurrentVersion and there is nothing there, which worries me. Is there a way to fix this without reinstalling windows?

A:Internal Error: Failed to get path of 64-bit Program Files directory.

Hi Tom,
from an elevated command mode run

sfc /scannow

Where EXACTLY did you look in the registry,
i'll look at mine


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Mcafee recently told me it had stopped a trojan, but it couldn't delete it until a restart. I clicked "ok" and then another trojan popped up as being stopped. Then another. I wish I wrote down the names, but I didn't and now I can't find them in any kind of Mcafee log. What I do have, however, are 2 files that seem suspicious.I went to Add/Remove New Programs and found a program called "Antiviirus.exe". I didn't know what it was so I tried to uninstall it but couldn't. I did a search and found it in my (C:\Program Files) directory. I went to Program Files, but Windows Explorer immediately encountered a problem and shut down. It only shuts down in this one particular directory. Another suspicious file there is "Instaler.exe." ------------------------------------Antiviirus.exeinstaler.exeI did a quick search for these files and found that they are sometimes variants of:Trojan.DropperTrojan.GorhaxTrojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.keu-------------------------------------I went into the command prompt and deleted both, but the problem still exists - even after several restarts and system scans. Since I still can't open the Program Files folder, I wonder what is still infecting my computer and what it is doing in the background. I have run Spybot, AdAware, A-squared and they all show up with nothing more than few tracking cookies. I tried running Panda online but I can't because I have Vista. I also tried running Housecall but it didn't ... Read more

A:Multiple Trojans / Windows Explorer Error In Program Files Directory

And now there's a new development... Sometimes when I try to run certain programs they don't start. They act like they do (and they even show up in my processes) but they never actually open on the desktop. And my computer isn't freezing or slowing down - these files just don't open.I tried AIM, Firefox, and Google Talk Installer. None of which opened.After a restart, I got Firefox to work but still not Google Talk Installer. I didn't try AIM again, I deleted it before the restart.Even in safemode, I can't get McAfee to open. (It does in normal mode, though)------------------------------------------And my processes now show a new file that wasn't there before. It's a known TROJAN called:Wininit.exe------------------------------------------NEW HIJACKTHIS LOG Please helpLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 12:23:10 AM, on 3/22/2008Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16609)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\System32\smss.exeC:\Windows\system32\csrss.exeC:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\csrss.exeC:\Windows\system32\services.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsass.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\winlogon.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exeC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exeC:\Windows&#... Read more

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I just finished installing Win 7 on its own drive (for the 2nd time) and on a separate partition. The problem is that I can't point "Program Files" to its partition. I watched the video by W.H. Schroeder but when i click on "Properties" for the file folder "Program Files" Win 7 does not show a "Location" tab so could change it from C: to M:. There must be a way because others have multiple partitions in Win 7 but it seems to be eluding me.

A:How to change LOCATION of a directory in Win 7

You can move the User folders if you want.
Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Podcasts

In fact, I would recommend do this, keeping User DATA seperate from the OS.

1) It keeps fragmentation down
2) I makes creating a system Image/Backup much faster.
3) In the even you must reinstall Windows, all of your User DATA in these folders will remain on the selected hard Drive, so you do not loose it by formating.

But you can not move "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)"
And why would you want to?

If installed programs are not with the OS and you must restore a image or backup to a time BEFORE a certain app was installed, it may no longer work.

If you re-instal Windows, those applications on the other drive may no longer work either.
You will still have to re-install them.

Installed programs should be with Windows.

If for Some reason you want an Application installed to a different drive (separate from the OS) you can simply make a Folder on that drive for those programs.
Then manually choose the install directory.

Perhaps I am misunderstanding your question here.

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How do I set it up so that when I boot up I automatically open in the root directory (C:\). That is, I don't want to have to click on My Computer, C:\ each time I boot up. Thanks!

A:Default file location directory

Maybe none of my business but why do you want to have the c:\ drive open everytime you boot?
Anways all you have to do is, create a shortcut to your c:\ drive, by clicking into my computer, right click c:\ and click create shortcut, the system will tell you it will have to be placed on the dektop.
This should be fine,
Then cut the shortcut from the desktop and paste it into
c:\document and settings\*username*\start menu\programs\startup

Next time you boot up your PC after logging in, c:\ content folder will open automatically.

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I just finished setting up my wife's new laptop and then totally spaced the PIN that I used to setup her laptop. She is running Windows 10 Home edition. I am still logged on so I have access to Windows but I can't use the PIN reset function and I didn't get a chance to setup her Microsoft Account info, so I can't use that feature either.

I am looking for a file directory location where the PIN is saved. It has to be saved in an XML file or something like that.

Can anyone help direct me to that location?

A:File Directory location where PIN is saved

Welcome to the forum.

I expect that PIN numbers are stored the same way login passwords are. Essentially they aren't stored at all. When a password is created the system does a mathematical operation on it and stores the result. When you login the same operation is done on the entered password and the results are compared. If they match you are logged in. The password itself isn't stored anywhere. This data is stored in the registry in a location that isn't normally accessible even to an elevated admin account. The details of how all this works are of course undocumented.

Storing PIN numbers in clear text would be a serious security risk.

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I need some help in figuring out how to copy a whole bunch of files from a directory tree to a single directory. I looked at all the xcopy switches, but none of them look like they will do what I want it to do. If I use the /S switch, it will keep the directory structure. Any ideas?

A:Help with copying files from a directory tree to a single directory

Do you have XP up & started? Why not just go into explorer, highlight all you need (CTRL + A to highlight everything), copy & paste?

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I have a 10 files that have all been categorised into about 40 folders. These files have been damaged.
I have a backup of all these files, but they are not categorised and sit in a single directory.

Does anyone know of an easy technique to batch replace the damaged files with the originals?

Cannot find any apps to do such a task.

A:Replace files in multiple directory, from a single directory

Easy one:

Built in command part of Windows. Open an elevated Command Prompt and type:

replace /?
Here is how:

Folder with Backup files:


Folders with corrupt files:


Replace c:\data\backup\*.* e:\finance\statements /s

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I ha the same problme with double program Files directory. One is the nromal directory, the other contains the same subdirectories but when accessed the message is that attached

A:Double directory "Program Files" win 7 32

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I tried changing the location of a user's profile and it worked thanks to an article from this swebsite, but I deleted the whole user because I want to move the Users Directory all at once instead (from C to D for example). Is there a way to do so?
I found a website that explains how but it wasn't clear and had no screenshots so I got stuck on the second step.
That's the website:
Move the Users Directory in Windows 7

Thank you.

A:How To Change Users Directory Default Location?

Hello iwind,

The best option for this would be to use OPTION TWO in that tutorial you mentioned below first. Afterwards, create yourself a new administator account that will be created in the new location automatically. Once you log in to the new account, copy what you want (ex: shortcuts, music, pics, etc...) from the old account, you can delete the old account.

User Profile - Change Default Location

Hope this helps,

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I want to save a restore point by taking its backup becoz system deletes old restore points nd new ones are created . I wanna take its backup so that old restore point can also be used. So can anyone tell me where does system save its restore point.

A:Location(Directory) of Windows 7 restore points !!!

They are stored in the System Volume Information folder, but I think it is normally inaccessible.

There is an application called "System Restore Explorer", but I don't know how well it works. Google it if you insist.

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Hello. Newbie here.

Trying to solve an issue.

Short story:
For some reason, Adobe wants to install the suite in a weird directory. I know that the suggested directory will not work (especially under Vista).

I am trying to find WHERE (in the registry or in a file) Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium looks for the installation directory under Vista.
(Long story:
I installed Photoshop first, and it worked. I tried to install Illustrator and Indesign and the program didn't ask me for the location (or, possibly, I hit the enter key once too much) and installed the two other programs in a weird directory. These two programs wouldn't work. Typical uninstall didn't work, I followed the instructions for manual uninstall, cleaned as much of the registry as I could, but when I try to reinstall the software, I still get the same weird default directory. Logically, this value must be located somewhere. This is all I am trying to find...)


A:Install directory location for Adobe Creative CS2 in Vista

The install location is specified in the script contained in the installer.

It should install to the correct directory by default. What is a "weird" directory?

If you used a registry cleaner, then try restoring all the entries it removed to see if the damage done to your machine can be reversed. Then get rid of it.

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weird thing going on here, jeremysmitherman.servebeer.com points to my home webserver, the page loads fine, and everything else. Then go to jeremysmitherman.servebeer.com/pics once again, the directory listing runs fine. BUT when I attempt to go to jeremysmitherman.servebeer.com/pics/bucket or if i attempt to click it from the directory listing, then I get a no content error, with an AnalogX simple server web thingy link at the bottom (go to the sites and look for yourself). my home webserver uses apache with mandrake linux, so the analogX thing is completely wrong. The problem started when I used AnalogX simple server on my girlfriends computer to transfer image files to that computer, could it be a DNS error somewhere? The problem happens on all computers I've tried that on. oh, and If i know the exact name of what im trying to get to (like, http://jeremysmitherman.servebeer.com/pics/bucket/collage_copyicos.jpg) then it works fine. heeeelp!

A:Webserver directory points to wrong internet location

check your config files look for allow deny setup
indexing rules your server is wide open
as for the other server it may have added a client exe and is running shut it off. check services running on server
I would use gozilla ftp server for transfers on the wan
free and works great.
I am no longer hosting my own site
to much loss of bandwidth
by the way your flash looks good
I am putting together stuff with swishmax and compress with flash mx.swish is just great for a newbie like me
I recompiled this 40 year old virgin

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I have a recurring problem where some applications, including many installers, give me a file selection dialog which does not have any way to get to the root of my computer, or select a location outside my userprofile directory whatsoever.

I've managed to find a workaround, by putting symlinks (Not shortcuts) to the root directories of my 4 drives (C, D, E, and F) into my user profile directory, but the problem with that is that it means that the applications may consider themselves to be installed in C:\Users\Paladin\F\installdirectory instead of F:\installdirectory.

It's not a huge issue if the dialog at least has a location field I can just type in the directory I want it installed to (Though of course that means I have to create the directory through Explorer first), but in some cases (Such as the VMWare Workstation 11 installer which is what I took the screenshot of) they don't provide that so I'm stuck with either installing into my userprofile directory (Which is a problem as my C drive has limited space), or using my symlink hack.

Anyone else ever run into this?

A:File location dialog only shows userprofile directory

Found a better workaround, using an old trick I used to use way back in the day to gain control of win95/98 computers that had the system locked down and the control panel hidden... Looked up the GUID for the My Computer shell folder, and made a new folder in my user home called "Computer.{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}"

Can now properly access everything in my computer through that, and the installer is given the correct directory path. Still a bit of an annoyance though, so if anyone knows how to get these dialogs to just show the full computer as they should, I'd quite like to know.

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So i have 3 files i cannot delete after uninstalling a game. I also cannot rename the folder they are in without windows explorer not responding and i have to restart explorer.

I did take ownership method but that froze up to. I went into safe mode, and tried it that way - also didn't delete, it equally froze up.

I have attached an image of the delete attempt - it just gets stuck like that.

I'm out of options - please advise on what i should do ?

A:Files won't delete in directory - can't rename the directory either

What is drive F? Is it a flash drive?

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so i have been tinkering with macros for the last couple of weeks and i have come to a problem. list of names that gets updated every month. i have created a name for the list, (excel 2003) insert-->name-->define
the name i created for this list is called company list. i need to macro redefine the list once run. for example this month i may have 181 company list. next month i may have a total of 100 company names in my list, and following month will have 200 etc... any ideas?

A:macro to redefine name list.

No macro required, only a dynamic named range.

insert-->name-->define (or CTRL+F3, if you prefer). Name equals (for example) Test, Refers To equals:


This should automatically adjust according to the number of entries in col A.

(the "minus 5" is to allow for col A entries outside the list -- A9, A11, etc. Not sure if "b" in A199 is meant to be part of the list though)

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My P51 has the Lenovo Settings program installed. I also installed the Vantage program. When I press the f11 key, it still opens Settings, which informs me the program has merged with Vantage & a button to launch Vantage. How do I reconfigure the f11 button to launch Vantage directly? In general - how may I reconfigure any function key to do something different? For example, I have the media control buttons twice on the keyboard - f1-f4 plus again above the numeric keypad. I'd like to redefine one of those sets for other more useful (and non-redundant) functions. How may I do that? Thank you.

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A:How can i find the program directory for a certain program?

Use Windows Search.

Most programs are installed into c:\program files

what program are you referring to.

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Hi! The rightmost 10% of my Laptop's display is broken; dead pixels top to bottom.
Therefore, I want to reduce my resolution from 1600x900 to 1440x900 and display this on the leftmost (working) 90% of my screen. Reducing the resolution is easy, but the resulting image is automatically centered on my display (the left- and rightmost 5% of my screen are black bars). I need to somehow slide this image to the right so that all unused pixels with the reduced resolution are on the right (coinciding with the broken section of my screen).
Does anyone know a win7, intel display driver or 3rd party software solutions that lets me recalibrate my screen's borders? Thanks in advance!

Specs: native res: 1600x900
Asus laptop K73SJ-TY031V
Windows 7 SP2
Intel core i5 2430M 2.4ghz
intel integrated graphics+geforce gt520m 1gb

A:Redefine/calibrate display borders to avoid dead pixels

Hello alvarowier and Welcome to PCHF

I see that you have a gforce video controller as well.
Open C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\nvstview

There is the option there to adjust your screen position.

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I'm starting to collect CD's at an alarming rate and when I want to locate something it is taking hours to find a file.
Is there a way or a program that can put all CD directories and files in one giant file so that you can do a search without sticking each CD in a drive?? This seems like an interesting project but I don't want to start writting a program if they are availiable..

A:CD directory program

How about this Free CD Catalog application?

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Can anyone tell me why I am unable to save files to the Program Directory. I appreciate that that this is not a normal protocol but I have 2 statistical replay games that from time to time require me to make changes to files that are saved in the Program Directory; however Vista will not allow this stating that that the file in question does not have a valid path.

The work around is to save elsewhere and copy in but it would be more straightforward to save direct - does anyone know a way round this?



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I am being told to install a program and then extract libraries to program directory.I know what the files are just dont no how to overwrite the original files
many thx

A:overwriting program directory

Copying or Moving a file to the same folder, will automatically
overwrite a file with the same filename. Or you will be prompted
asking if you would like to overwrite the old file.

If I was doing such an operation, I might consider moving all
the old files in question to another folder and just hold them
until I was sure the new files work properly.

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