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Old 12-17-11, 06:00 AM
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Move Directories

Under my C:\ drive I have the sub directory “Utilities” where I keep various programs (approx 31 directories) and some of these directories have more subdirectories with additional programs.

My Habits have changed and I would like to transfer all the programs from the “Utilities” directory to the “Program Files” directory. My OS is Vista Home Premium

This is a big job to uninstall and re install each program and I wonder if there is any utility out there which will uninstall a program and transfer it to another directory including the required entries in the registry and the start menu.
 
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Old 12-17-11, 07:06 AM
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You can move the programs anyplace you want without uninstalling them and reinstalling them. All you have to do is to point the shortcut to the executable file.

For example:
Right now your program X is c:\utilities\program x\program x exe
you will just need to point all shortcuts/start menu items to c:\program files\program x\program x exe

Most cases, after you move the program, you click on a short cut and windows can't fine the exe file for the program you can just browse to the exe then.

Somebody else likely will have a better solution but this is a down and dirty one.
 
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Old 12-17-11, 08:33 AM
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I don't think this will work Tolyn

It may work for small programs which don't write info into the registry but in any case if I do what you say, the executable will search for the required DLL's and other info and it will give an error if it can't find them.

I wonder if Cut / Paste a folder will work (I mean if it will change any registry entries at the same time)
 
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Old 12-17-11, 09:21 AM
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Microsoft Instructions

This looks easy enough:

Working with files and folders
 
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Old 12-17-11, 10:03 AM
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Read the article and sounds pretty good

I will give it a try

Thanks
 
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Old 12-17-11, 10:15 AM
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Sorry, it works for small programs but for others (I guess if the installation included registry entries) did not work

I get the message "Moving programs may make some not working, are you sure you want to move this directory?"

Even if I click Yes, still it doesn't move the directory

So I guess the best is to uninstall and re install
 
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Old 12-17-11, 02:11 PM
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Out of curiosity, what do you mean your habits have changed and you need to move the directories? The answer to this question will decide what options we have.
 
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Old 12-17-11, 05:46 PM
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I like to keep my directories organized and years ago I made sub directories under the directory “Utility” like for system utilities, DVD utilities, graphics utilities, workshop utilities and a lot of other categories.

However over the years, quite a few programs they don’t provide the option to change the install directory during the installation process and therefore now I have a lot of utilities in the program files directory and don’t like that.

Another reason I want to keep all my utilities under one directory is that I back up often this directory because the program files directory where mainly are system files I do it once or twice per year.

I try to define a new way on where to keep all my utilities and right now I don’t quite know what will be the best for my needs. Perhaps it will be the best to move all into the program files directory and during the back up I just select the directories I want to back up; but this method may lead to errors.
 
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Old 12-18-11, 04:22 PM
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Probably the best method for this would be to uninstall the programs and reinstall them to the program files directory. The other option I was thinking of was just creating shortcuts in the start menu for the utilities. However, regarding the backups, this would not backup the utilities themselves.
 
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Old 12-19-11, 05:02 AM
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Old 12-19-11, 07:07 AM
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The App.Mover utility looks a pretty good one Rick, thanks

Since I didn't try it, I don't know how good of a job it does because moving programs is a tedious job especially large programs which put a foot print in the registry.

I already started moving my programs and I guess I will stick to my method which is copy the install file to a new location, uninstall the program and then re install it.

Even with this method, I don't know why but on some programs I still have to edit the registry to change the files path. I think the uninstall process doesn't remove the registry entries on these programs and when I reinstall the program uses the old entries
 
 

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