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Weird Drive Problem

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Well this is the weirdest problem I have come over with Microsoft XP Home Edition Service Pack 2.

The problem is that my employer has a computer that installs everything to Z:\ (which was a faulty virtual network drive before I disconnected it so whenever any program tries to install to Z: it gets an invalid error and exits) as a default but when I check the registry

C:\Program Files

is the default value under

String: ProgramFilesDir

but if I change that value to

Q:\Program Files

then the program gives me a

Q:\ is not a valid drive error

Which is promising since now I think the reason is the C: drive is linking to Z: but I'm not sure why and how. I'm not sure exactly what the problem is but this is my best hypothesis. Let me know if you guys can come up with something that could help me fix this error.
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