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for windows 7 I am trying to change the default installation path to D:\program files, instead of C:\program files. I googled this and keep seeing the suggestion to regedit and go to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

and change

ProgramFilesDir

the problem is I don't have that value, and I checked on several win7 pc's. None of them have this. In my google search I made sure that I am searching for win7 computers, and even on some of the sites that have a fix for this, they specifically state that this registry entry is in win7 pc's.
so, anybody have an idea how I could change the default install directory on a win7 computer?
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Is there a reason to do this? Trying to do so usually creates more problems that it solves. Best to put Windows and Applications in Drive C:  and then data and large document files in another place. That will work very well as applications have no problem finding data on another drive.

I looked on a Windows 7 Pro computer and that variable along with similar variables is there but I still do not recommend it.

You need to consider program files (x86), programs files, program data and stuff in Windows as well. I am fairly sure WinSXS is tied to Drive C:
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the c partition is almost full, but the is a d partition.

"I looked on a Windows 7 Pro computer and that variable along with similar variables is there"

wow, i don't get why the computers I looked on didn't have this. I thought it might be because my company customizes it's windows 7 images, but i have a laptop with win7 that is loaded from your standard win7 dvd, not from the corporate image, and that doesn't have that registry entry either.
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I would certainly keep the operating system on drive C:   You might look to see if some large applications (Office, Adobe and so on) could be uninstalled completely and reinstalled on Drive D:  Certainly move your data over to Drive D:
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i didn't mean i wanted the OS on d, I just want new software installation on d. the install I have doesn't give the option to change the install directory. however, maybe i could remove office and put it on d - i like your suggestion for that. maybe that would work.
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as suggested, keep OS + programs on C, and move your other files to D
did you clean up the disk yet to free more space?
-uninstall old - not used software + toolbars
-delete temp files
-use the disk cleanup (select the disk; right click it, and select properties)

usually, moving pictures saves a lot of space on most PC's
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thank you
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@JeffBeall  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.
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