Don't take it personally such sensitivity
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Beware of permissions. <program files> folders have permissions where executables cannot be modified but by privileged users. That means some "malicious" application running without those privileges can't modify them. If you put executables in folder where everybody can write, someone or something with low privileges can change them, and wait for someone with high privileges run them. At that point, the whole system is compromised. If you care about your PC and data, be careful about that. You can install elsewhere, but the setup or you must be careful about setting the proper privileges. And that's also the reason why always running with user with high privileges is dangerous.
Those folders are managed as "special" ones by the OS. Their position can be changed, but it needs to be done properly (it implies registry changes and so on). There are some tools that can do that. In 7, "libraries" are a much more versatile way to add different paths to those folders.
Music, Pictures, etc. are not true folder but "libraries" instead. Right click them, select Properties, and you will see which folders are in the library. You can add and remove the one you like.
Not necessarily, with the ntfs file system there's a fool-proof dumb method to move folders anywhere else (like another partition) w/o the operating system noticing: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768.aspx
For example to move all Adobe Programs from C:\ to somewhere else first move the folder with explorer, than from an admin command prompt: junction "C:\Program Files\Adobe" "X:\Where\You\Moved\It\Adobe"
I'm using this method to free my system partition since I chose a too small size on installation and don't want to go trough the hassle and risk of re-partitioning on the fly.
Now you tell me. Where where you a year ago when I needed this info, huh?
Sure enough I did do something wrong, otherwise I'd be totally happy with the results. Do not follow my procedure, it fairly well stinks. That said, the goal I was after, had I achieved it, is delightful to work with, it worked great on 2K and XP.
Here's some misunderstanding, I'll take my part of the blame for writing less than concisely, you can share some, unless of course I'm totally wrong.
Programs, by default Install to "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)", typically located on C:\, most always in a sub folder in Program Files.
Programs, once installed and running, by default, will then Save files created or modified by those programs to sub folders in My Documents.
Installing programs elsewhere keeps space available on the SSD. You should not fill the SSD to more than 75% capacity. There is no harm in installing programs onto another drive, as long as the software allows it during a "Custom" install. The problems start if you attempt to move an installed program elsewhere, later (yes, there is Steam Mover and registry edits and robocopy).
I have, in the past, used a Program Files installation location on other than the C:\ drive, seemed a clever thing at the time, long term there's no advantage I can see.
I now leave Program Files right in the root of C:\, exactly where Widows wants them.
I do see many significant advantages to saving files I create to someplace other than C:\ such as a second drive. That's what I was after with My Documents on a second drive, should I have moved “User\me” instead?No, you can move the entire "My Documents" folder to wherever you want it quite easily.
There isn't a single BIOS on a motherboard made in the last 4-5 years that doesn't natively support USB mouse and keyboard natively (i.e. during POST). The only situation where this would not be true is someone having disabled USB in the BIOS or a faulty device -- the latter of which would mean you weren't going to be doing anything anyway. If the former is true, a simple reset will solve the problem.
The PS/2 port really just needs to be thrown on the techno trash heap with PCI, 15-pin VGA, and IDE to keep AGP, ISA, and IEEE 1284 ports company.
What are the advantages of a PS/2 port these days?
We're going to build one. I have a friend who is a bit of a geek and has been through it. He's offered to help spec out the components and get stuff together. In the weeks ahead, I hope to have it all together.
Thanks for all the input.
Wow! Obviously there are many of you out there with a ton of knowledge about operating systems. I fell way behind the curve over the years.
In reading everything that has been posted on this thread, I have come to the conclusion that the first thing I need to do is address my computer needs soon. Probably should be doing something about it now.
I am not about to take on a computer build myself due to lack of knowledge and will buy a pre-built, likely from Dell or HP. It appears I can purchase a pretty high capacity machine for the price of a small lens. The best processor with lots of memory. I'll just go for their maximum available build. i7 processor, 16mb memory, etc.. The remaining question for me is which operating system. Dell still offers Win7 along with Win8.
I have heard many advise against Win8. What is the problem people have with it? Which should I be going with?
You guys are the experts. I can use your help with this.