What can you benefit from moving Program files from C drive to D drive?

Can you simply move a program file from C: to D: ? In Windows, programs aren’t single files. Often, they’re not even found in a single folder, but rather in dozens of places on the hard drive. The file locations are referenced troughout Windows, which means that moving any of them would cause the program to fail. A simple file-move operation will be unsuccessful. Or will you manually uninstalling them and reinstalling to the D drive? Obviously, it’s not a good way especailly when there are a lot of applications installed on C drive.

Then, what is the best way? I think a third-party data migration software can make things much easier. Such programs are usually capable of dragging and dropping the program files from C drive to D drive safely and quickly. Here, EaseUS Todo PCTrans is recommended for its easy-to-use feature. It can help you transfer data and application to new PC/OS in simple steps in Windows XP/Vista/ 7/8/8.1/10 & Server 2003/2008/2012. All programs files like Facebook, Photoshop, Movie Maker, installed games, etc. that you downloaded from website and regarded as third-party software are supported.

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by:lpii
I would uninstall and reinstall the programs.  As you said, files are stored in different locations on the C drive, but there are registry entries that are created in every program's installation as well that point to those files and directories.  There maybe software that analyzes the software completely to move it, but if you have the software, I would uninstall and reinstall and pick your D drive and you won't have to worry about the software missing anything.

The advantage of installing on a different drive is if you are running out of room on your C drive, which can cause a slow down in your PCs operation.  If you have the room on the C, I would leave them on C, unless you are trying to organize your drives by having an app drive.

Most transfer software that I have used has been to transfer a complete drive to a new drive, not selected programs.  The transfer software images the disk and transfers it to the new drive (usually done because I've purchased a larger drive for my C drive).
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by:William Fulks
This reads more like an article than a question. Did you post it in the wrong category?
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