Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Install in D:\ but it goes into C:\

Generally speaking, Windows home computing should be done from a single big fat volume 'C:\'.

For flawed reasons, I've decided to install all my applications and data on my D:\ drive. Just about every installer provides an option to change install locations from C:\. But sometimes it just doesn't work out that way.

Here is a list of applications that install files in C:\ like it or not:

Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Standard

Installed here: D:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0
Showed up here: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0 (Post install updater)

Lizard Tech Express View JPEG 2000 Viewer

Installed here: D:\Program Files\LizardTech\Express View
Files showed up here: C:\Program Files\Common Files\LizardTech Shared (In all fairness, there was a previous web browse plugin install location that had common files which might have been initially placed here)

My terrible Samsung Printer

Installed here: D:\Program Files\Samsung\SmarThruSCX-4x16 Series\RCP
Files showed up here: C:\Program Files\Samsung\Samsung


I just came across a journal of my primary disk utilization when reinstalling Windows and all the obligatory office productivity apps.

"rebooted 5,330,866,176
installed all my fav apps (On D, of course) including ms office, adobe, visio 6,514,597,888"

1.1GB dropped on my C Drive for installing them on D...