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Windows 10 64bit Program files directory changing work around

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 7:15 PM

This is the Windows 10 64bit Program files directory changing work around I have been working on for the last 48 hours, some things to understand 1st


* This only works on Windows 10 64 bit (x64) as 64 bit windows has two program files folders,


* it's not perfect, you will need to move folder "Program Files (x84)" back to the root drive (c:\) when some updates fail to install


Start by installing Windows 10 on your Device, then at the settings screen (also known to old folks as the Welcome screen)

Press CTRL + SHIFT + F3, this will reboot Windows in to the desktop, in a mode known as Audit Mode (it allows OEM's to install Drivers, Programs, even spam with out making a user account or even given you a hint they did that)Once at the desktop, you will be able to open the registry editing program known as regedit (love that name)

open it by pressing that start button and typing regedit, then press enter, or type run then enter then regedit then enter again up to you,


go to : ''HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion" plus (+) and



Change only "Program Files (x84)" directories, to the drive letter (E:\) in most cases, by giving them the good old double click

and ok


next move to : "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList"


do the same thing, with all keys


once that's done, restart the computer with the Windows 10 disk/usb in, once at the langrage screen, press SHIFT + F10 (Fn key if needed to)


This will open the CMD, command line, enter the following in :

Note drive letters change in this world, soo you might want to type notepad, then open, then my computer and see what the drive letter is now


robocopy "C:\Users" "D:\Users" /E /COPYALL /XJ

robocopy "C:\Program Files (x86)" "D:\Program Files (x86)" /E /COPYALL /XJ

robocopy "C:\ProgramData" "D:\ProgramData" /E /COPYALL /XJ

rmdir "C:\Users" /S /Q

rmdir "C:\Program Files (x86)" /S /Q

rmdir "C:\ProgramData" /S /Q

mklink /J "C:\Users" "E:\Users"

mklink /J "C:\Program Files (x86)" "E:\Program Files (x86)"

mklink /J "C:\ProgramData" "E:\ProgramData"


Now reboot, once at the desktop check everythings working and nothings going [email protected] or doing [email protected] stuff

you should try going to drive (D:\) or what ever you set it as, and open the Iexplore file, just to check it works, if it don't open, you have made a error typing, and you should go back and try again,


notice that window in the middle of the desktop, just click restart on it, and you will be taken back to the settings screen,

make your accounts and enjoy using windows apps and programs the way you want to on the drives you want to, but wait, you have more work to do thanks to Microsoft -_-


update Windows 10 fully, you will notice some will fail, like windows as a whole really lol, you will have to copy the "Program Files (x86)" folder back to your root drive, (c:\) don't delete the one left behide, change the registry back to how it was for "Program Files (x86)" directory, leave the old folder where it is, or you will course a problem, update windows then change the whole thing back again, you may now delete the old program files folder, move the updated one back to the drive, remake the mk link, I know! but it updates, and that's the only working work around I can come up with for now

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