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How do you chnage default location of swapfile and Program temp


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How do you change the default location of the temporary files made by your programs and the default location?
Also how can i change the default location of the swapfile. Can someone please show me how to do this on windows vista and xp. I want to put it in a seperate parrtion other then my c drive were my windows is
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Yup, it's easy.

Bring up Explorer, right-click on "My Computer", and select properties.

Go to "Advanced", then "Environment Variables". This pops up the box you need to make the changes in.

There are 4 places you need to change;

User variables (2) - change both TEMP and TMP to your chosen one (I have it set to Z:\TEMP\ for both)
System variables (2) - scroll down and change both TEMP and TMP to your chosen one.

If you've set a separate partition to hold them, it's also worth setting your Virtual Memory http://en.wikipedia..../Virtual_memory to point at this partition as well.

Although I would warn you, don't put them on a separate drive, then remove the drive from your system. Windows complains...

*edit* Haven't tried it on Vista, but I'm pretty sure it's the exact same procedure.

Edited by lurky, 04 July 2008 - 07:52 PM.

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I did it but does it also move the temps made by programs and how do you move the swap file. How do i put the Virtual Memory to the partition i want.
Thanks for your help
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Not entirely sure if it accounts for a program's temporary files as well. I assume that it does.

My Computer > Properties > Advanced tab window > Performance Settings button > Advanced tab

Click on the Virtual memory > Change button, select drive you want to move swap file TO, select either System Managed Size or type in new Initial Size and Maximum Size , click on SET, and then change the setting for your C drive (should be able to set this as zero) – again click SET. You will need to reboot for these changes to take effect.
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Hey thanks for your help and do you think that i should change app data location
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There are a lot of people that argue either way. I honestly don't really think it makes that huge of a difference. If you're curious to try it, I don't see why not. Just don't expect some huge performance increase.
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Ya i will try it can you tell me how
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Refer to this post on a separate board for a little more information on it. I've never actually tried. Seems to be a little too in depth for my taste at the moment. Based on what I'm reading from a couple different locations, it doesn't seem like it's that practical at all.

http://ask.metafilte...pplication-data
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Hey i have an hp and when i run a hp update it always stores a backup called SWstepup and it stores it were my operating system is how do i make it not do that. and change it to like drive d
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After the update is downloaded, it'll open it up in an extractor. If I remember properly, you can just select to extract it to D:
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that never happened to me
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hrm, then I have no idea how. Most manufacturer's sites just have them in zip files or exe's that you can extract wherever you want. not sure honestly
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