On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 2:03 PM, Brad Stiles <bradley.stiles_at_gmail.com> wrote:
>> The problem is the fact that Windows insists on using "C:/Program
>> Files" as a place where it puts all commands.
> What version of Windows is that? I've been using it since 3.1, and
> I've never seen Windows "insist" on any such thing. "Default to" that
> directory? Yes. But not insist. All you have to do is change the
> folder when running the install (or copy it somewhere else if you
> forget, depending on the program).
Okay, you're correct that Windows doesn't insist. This can be changed
via the registry, and I've done that because I hate the name. I would
prefer C:/bin which shorter and doesn't have the space. Same with
C:/Documents and Settings".
However, Windows does not give you a choice when you install it on
your PC where you're like to put programs, so changing it is
difficult. It requires I believe two or three registry entry changes
and moving the already established C:/Program Files to a different
directory. Hence, almost all Windows systems use C:/Program Files as
the program directory.
And yes, you can force the installation of many development programs
to install into other directories, but again, if you look at the vast
majority of developer installs, almost all programs sit in the
C:/Program Files directory. Many people who should know better still
do it because it does put all installed programs into a single
directory instead of being scattered around their disk.
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