Windows 10: windows cannot find c:\program files\

Discus and support windows cannot find c:\program files\ in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; Hi, I've logged in today and tried to open various programs and I'm getting hit with 'windows cannot find c:\program files\...' Everything was... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by brissy1992, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. windows cannot find c:\program files\


    Hi,


    I've logged in today and tried to open various programs and I'm getting hit with 'windows cannot find c:\program files\...'


    Everything was working fine yesterday and as far as I'm aware nothing has changed.


    I'm kind of at a loss about what to do to get this working other than a full reboot.


    If you guys need any further information let us know. I'm clueless when it comes to this sort of stuff but I'll do my best.


    Cheers

    :)
     
    brissy1992, Jun 10, 2020
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  2. Yaqub K Win User

    file in C:\Program?

    Hi,

    Do you have any program installed by name Adobe? Follow the steps to check in program list:

    Press Windows + X.

    Select Programs and Features.
     
    Yaqub K, Jun 10, 2020
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  3. Why did the startup window get cleared?

    I didn't missed any step, the list was gone and gone , even after using lot of programs the programs were not listed in that list.
     
    smartali89, Jun 10, 2020
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  4. _33
    _33 Win User

    windows cannot find c:\program files\

    I want to move "Program Files"

    OK the steps as I have performed them (note that F: was my destination drive):

    #1 Install "Windows 2003 Pro Ressource Kit".

    #2 Go to DOS prompt and perform the following: xcopy /s /e /h /r /k /o /x "c:\program files" "f:\program files". This will take a while as it copying quite a massive amount of data from one disk to the other.

    #3 Compare both "c*Stick Out Tongue windows cannot find c:\program files\ :program Files" and "f*Stick Out Tongue windows cannot find c:\program files\ :program Files" for bytes count and files count for a match.

    #4 Reboot in safe mode as system administrator

    #5 In dos prompt, enter rd /s "c:\Program Files". It worked, except for around 10 files (NERO and Acrobat) that I got an "Access Refused".

    #6 Perform a rename "c:\Program Files" "c:\_p" to fix temporarely the situation, before linking the newly created "F:\Program Files".

    #7 Now go to where the new tool resides by typing cd "F:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools\", still in dos prompt.

    #8 linkd "C:\Program Files" "F:\Program Files" (link the newly created "Program Files" back to C: drive)

    #9 Reboot Windows

    #10 Finally, delete the last bits of the previous setup located in "C:\_p" using Windows Explorer

    Tada

    It seems to work. I will try see if when I install new programs, that it will effectively put them in F:. The way I will see that is if I install a program, will the disk space in C: reduce as much as the install files or will it be the F:.

    Anyway, for anyone else who would be tempted to do this, it seems rather simple and doesn't break the configuration.
     
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