How do I move an application from the C: drive to another local drive?

rimaz nazeer September 12, 2012

I recently downloaded a game (Windows), but it installed by itself and never gave me the option to select where to install it and so it has been installed on the C: drive. Any ideas about how I just move the installation from the C: drive to another local drive?


  1. Benjamin Glass
    September 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    As far as I know, there is no way to do this.

    September 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Hello, you might want to try Steam mover:

    Of course the best way would be to uninstall and then when installing back make sure to use a custom installation instead of default.

  3. Sumaiya
    September 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    try cut pasting..

  4. Abidhusain Momin
    September 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Some games are easy to move like I am using GTA vice city and GTA san andreas copy paste forms.. I copy anywhere and just double click application rans smoothly... So this question is quite easy if your game is simple but its based on Registry and other data.. then its a difficult to move.

  5. Rakesh Mishra
    September 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

    goto program files in c: and cut the folder of your application in other drive i have tried oncs and works for me

  6. Erlis D.
    September 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    What the best way would be is:
    1. Copy the game save files and/or settings
    2. Clean uninstall your installed game
    3. Install the game into the new location
    4. Copy the save files you copied before, and paste them to the location they were before!
    5. Run the game!

  7. Gian Singh
    September 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Just install it on the other drive

  8. Aditya Roy
    September 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Try Cut+Paste
    Otherwise reinstall

  9. Saurav Azad
    September 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Program files are registered when loaded so just moving won't work if you don't want to install them. The only way of getting everything and still be operational on new system is to use Ghost or a program like it. Once transferred, you can uninstall from existing. May find a good shareware or even freeware at

  10. jrasulev
    September 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    You can simply try to copy paste to a new location. This worked with CS 1.6, GTA San Andreas and Warkraft Fronthen Throne before

  11. Vasudevan M
    September 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Reinstalling the game would be the best option. Moving the installation would disturb the integrity of it.

    If you have already started playing the game and have progressed quite a bit, then you may first take a backup of the game’s save files then uninstall it.

    While installing the game, check if the setup gives you a “Custom” or “Advanced” installation option which will allow you to change the target folder. If the installer doesn’t give you any option and just auto-installs, it might be a compressed self extractor file, try opening the setup file using 7zip/WinRAR and manually extract the files to the desired partition.

    If still no go, contact the publisher of the game.

  12. Jeremy
    September 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I have always had two partitions on my Windows PC: C:\ and D:\. I tend to always install software on my D:\ drive unless it is explicitly recommended that I install it on my system C:\.

    It is rather complicated and counter-productive to move a program installation from C:\ to D:\. The easiest will be to reinstall the game and this time point the installation to the D:\ drive.

  13. Mohammad Hamzani Salleh
    September 12, 2012 at 9:46 am

    it that was auto install, all i know nothing can be done to it since it auto cnfigure by publisher of the game... but u can try download it all together but this time try save at local d or other and see if the installation place got change.

  14. ha14
    September 12, 2012 at 8:09 am
  15. Ahmed Khalil
    September 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

    it is very difficut issue and usually not clean and can damage the game, best solution is reinstall in the new location

  16. Bruce Epper
    September 12, 2012 at 4:15 am

    If it is using XML files for its configuration, you may be able to just move the files from one location to another and change the references in the configuration files. If it put stuff into the registry, those entries may need to be modified as well. Or you could uninstall it and reinstall it on the drive you wish if it offers an option to alter Advanced Settings which seems to be a common way of doing this now instead of letting the user choose every time ad the default behavior.

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