C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft Help\ is HUGE

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft Help\ is 
HUGE.

I installed MSDN in D:\Program Files\MSDN\MSDN8.0, sadly MSDN build the 
indexes dynamically at the end of the installation process in "All Users" 
whatever you do.

It eats 368Mb for the indexes of VS.Net Professional.

I was wondering if there was any way to move them, but the path is nowhere 
in the registry, so I fear a hardcoded path.

(by the way these files are apparently NOT erased when you remove previous 
versions of MSDN, so I originally ended up with more than 70Mb of wasted 
space).

It is the single biggest hit on the C: partition behind C:\WINDOWS (4.5 Gb, 
more than one third from ServicePackFiles and Installer) and :\Program 
Files\Common Files\ (830Mb), it ought to be movable.

Is there any way to move it to another partition ? This would save me a 
repartitioning.




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"Michel de Becdeli�vre" <m_debec@msn.com> wrote in message news:dmmcqc$7rv$1@news.grc.com...
> C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft Help\ is
> HUGE.
>
> I installed MSDN in D:\Program Files\MSDN\MSDN8.0, sadly MSDN build the
> indexes dynamically at the end of the installation process in "All Users"
> whatever you do.
>
> It eats 368Mb for the indexes of VS.Net Professional.
>
> I was wondering if there was any way to move them, but the path is nowhere
> in the registry, so I fear a hardcoded path.
>
> (by the way these files are apparently NOT erased when you remove previous
> versions of MSDN, so I originally ended up with more than 70Mb of wasted
> space).
>
> It is the single biggest hit on the C: partition behind C:\WINDOWS (4.5 Gb,
> more than one third from ServicePackFiles and Installer) and :\Program
> Files\Common Files\ (830Mb), it ought to be movable.
>
> Is there any way to move it to another partition ? This would save me a
> repartitioning.

Yes there is, but I'll have to post back later because I have two MSDN libraries installed
on my machine at home.
One for VS 2003 and one for VS98

You are right, the installer will not let you install it anywhere but C

How did it though was open the CD and drill to the main folder and drag and drop
to D:\ and select "Copy here"

Also fwiw, an MSDN library "Full install" uses a almost a gig of disk space.


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95isalive
12/1/2005 5:42:06 PM
Michel de Becdeli�vre wrote:

> Is there any way to move it to another partition ? This would save me
> a repartitioning.

In addition to Steve's suggestion, you might look at these two
application movers:

Application Mover
http://lists.thedatalist.com/pages/System_Utilities.htm#Application%20Mover

COA2
http://lists.thedatalist.com/pages/System_Utilities.htm#COA2

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Bill
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Cybrarian
12/1/2005 10:22:01 PM
Rats.
Now I booted into XP instead of 2K.
Give me a little while and I'll post the registry info.


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95isalive
12/2/2005 12:25:09 AM
"Michel de Becdeli�vre" <m_debec@msn.com> wrote in message news:dmmcqc$7rv$1@news.grc.com...
> C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft Help\ is
> HUGE.
>
> I installed MSDN in D:\Program Files\MSDN\MSDN8.0, sadly MSDN build the
> indexes dynamically at the end of the installation process in "All Users"
> whatever you do.
>
> It eats 368Mb for the indexes of VS.Net Professional.
>
> I was wondering if there was any way to move them, but the path is nowhere
> in the registry, so I fear a hardcoded path.
>
> (by the way these files are apparently NOT erased when you remove previous
> versions of MSDN, so I originally ended up with more than 70Mb of wasted
> space).
>
> It is the single biggest hit on the C: partition behind C:\WINDOWS (4.5 Gb,
> more than one third from ServicePackFiles and Installer) and :\Program
> Files\Common Files\ (830Mb), it ought to be movable.
>
> Is there any way to move it to another partition ? This would save me a
> repartitioning.
>

Ok, I was wrong on the registry issue.
However, here's how I did it:
Insert the MSDN library CD and kill the install.
Browse to : cddriveletter:\MSDN
Drag the MSDN folder to the location you want it to be on your machine
and select "Copy Here"
( if there's more than one CD do the same with all of them )

Then the next time you click help and you're prompted to insert the CD,
click "Browse" and browse to the MSDN\yearmonth\1033 folder and click OK
( the MSDN\yearmonth\1033 folder is what contains the actual files )
( yearmonth will look like: 2003JAN )
( the 1033 folder is the English version. )

After you do this, the program you're using will remember the location of the files.
This works because the files are not decompressed and installed, they are simply copied from
the CD to the drive during "install."

The install I referenced above being 1.68 gb in size, but if you do it that way
you are never prompted to insert a CD when using or searching Help.


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95isalive
12/2/2005 2:09:15 AM
> Ok, I was wrong on the registry issue.
> However, here's how I did it:
> Insert the MSDN library CD and kill the install.
> Browse to : cddriveletter:\MSDN
> Drag the MSDN folder to the location you want it to be on your machine
> and select "Copy Here"
> ( if there's more than one CD do the same with all of them )
>
> Then the next time you click help and you're prompted to insert the CD,
> click "Browse" and browse to the MSDN\yearmonth\1033 folder and click OK
> ( the MSDN\yearmonth\1033 folder is what contains the actual files )
> ( yearmonth will look like: 2003JAN )
> ( the 1033 folder is the English version. )
>
> After you do this, the program you're using will remember the location of 
> the files.
> This works because the files are not decompressed and installed, they are 
> simply copied from
> the CD to the drive during "install."
>
> The install I referenced above being 1.68 gb in size, but if you do it 
> that way
> you are never prompted to insert a CD when using or searching Help.
>
That's not exactly my experience :
    -I installed MSDN on D:, MSDN files proper are really on D: (all 1Gb of 
them)
    - BUT at the end of the install process the installer build a huge set 
of index files in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application 
Data\Microsoft Help
    - apparently MSDN can work without these index files, so by copying the 
stuff directly you probably simply skip the index build. Do you have many 
*.HxW files there ? What is the search speed inpact of removing them ?


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Michel
12/2/2005 9:18:49 AM
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