Windows 10: Is changing the Default Installation Drive a bad practice?

Discus and support Is changing the Default Installation Drive a bad practice? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I did it via regedit with these instructions. But now some of my apps' shortcuts in the Start up menu are no longer working. It's no big deal, I just... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by drpeppercan, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. Is changing the Default Installation Drive a bad practice?


    I did it via regedit with these instructions.
    But now some of my apps' shortcuts in the Start up menu are no longer working. It's no big deal, I just removed them from the Start up menu, found their respective executable files, and put them in the taskbar instead. It's not ideal, but the new shortcut does call the executable successfully.
    I hope I won't find any serious issues down the road.
    Does anyone know if this is a known bad practice that will affect Windows 10 in an important way?

    Thanks in advance guys

    DPC

    :)
     
    drpeppercan, Mar 2, 2021
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  2. Change default drive: How do I change the default drive that my system will install programs on?

    Hi Ed,

    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community. I understand the inconvenience caused to you and will assist you in solving the issue.

    In order to change the default installation directory, please change the following in the registry.

    • Press Windows key + X, type regedit and press Enter.
    • Locate the following: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    • Right click on the value named ProgramFilesDir & change the default value
      C:\Program Files to the path you want to install all your programs in.
    • Click OK and Exit.

    Windows, by default, will now install your programs in the new drive or path.

    Note: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur
    if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back
    up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    322756 (How to back up and restore the registry in Windows )

    How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

    Hope the information is helpful. Keep us posted on the status for further assistance.
     
    Eeshwar Kumar, Mar 2, 2021
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  3. little cat, Mar 2, 2021
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  4. Bree Win User

    Is changing the Default Installation Drive a bad practice?

    How to change default app for file type

    'Open With > Choose another app' has three step, in the first it only offers apps registered for that file type. If you click 'More apps' it lists all registered apps regardless of suitability. Both these steps have the tick-box for 'Always use...' in my 18363.752. The third step, if needed, is 'Look for another app on this PC'. The 'Always use...' must be ticked before taking this step if you want the change to stick. However, WMP appears at the second step.


    Is changing the Default Installation Drive a bad practice? [​IMG]


    For a quick look at a JPG almost anything (including WMP) is more practical than Photos which on my system takes more than ten seconds just to open a photo. The OP is probably not aware that the Windows Photo Viewer is still available in W10, but hidden away. That's my default viewer for JPG.


    Restore Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10

    And, once enabled, is available in Settings > Apps > Default apps.


    Is changing the Default Installation Drive a bad practice? [​IMG]
     
    Bree, Mar 2, 2021
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