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So there is lots of stuff about this all over the internet already, however it doesn't seem to be working for me.

The procedure seems to be you go into regedit and go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/WINDOWS/CurrentVersion and then you edit just the ProgramFilesDir (which will be default C:\) into E:\ or whatever you want as the HDD for programs to be installed to.

I've done this plus i've also changed ProrgramFilesDir (x86) and ProgramW6432Dir which were originally C and I've now assigned them to my E drive.

The obvious reason is because I want all programs I install to be on my HDD not my SSD, which I just have a few games and Windows on.

So I edit these 3 values and close regedit and reboot. I'm testing with Skype so I uninstall that and reinstall, yet it's still in the C drive. Anyone know what I'm doing wrong?

Thanks in advance!
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The easiest way to do this is to skip all of those registry hacks. Simply fire up a bootable Windows, move the entire Program Files and Program Files (x86) to your HDD, then create symbolic links from the original location.

The things you require:

- Bootable Windows (can be the installation media, whatever).
- The "mklink /D" command

Use SHIFT+F10 to bring up a command line. Move the folders and then create the symbolic links. Anything that tries to read from or write to C:\Program Files will be transparently redirected by NTFS to the actual location (e.g D:\Program Files if your HDD is on D).
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Ok... Is there a guide for this somewhere? Never done something like this before, so im a bit inexperienced. Thanks for the response however!
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You can use a program fro this that isnt meant for it. I used SteamMover to do something similar. It is a program used to move the steam install location to another drive, and will auto create the symbolic links. The nice thing is you can use the programs for any folder you want. Hope this helps
http://www.traynier.com/software/steammover
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