Please read through information below before using Application
Mover for the first time!! If you have questions contact Funduc Software at firstname.lastname@example.org before you proceed.
users should pay extra attention to the recommendations below. Having an ultra-modern power computer does not mean that it is OK to disregard the below guidelines.
Most Important: Do not move paths (folders) that contain un-related program(s) underneath that parent path. For example, DO NOT move C:\Program Files to D:\Program Files. Moving C:\Program Files\Editor to F:\Program Files\Editor is OK, where "Editor" is the name of a program you want to move. But
do not attempt to move all of C:\Program Files!Doing so
will be disastrous.
Aside from the fact there are folders under C:\Program Files
we recommend you not move,
trying to move a folder that contains multiple programs
risk that something will go wrong and that Windows itself will try to prevent changes from happening.
Most Important: See below recommendations against moving highly complex programs. If you decide to continue anyway, MAKE A FRESH
DISK BACKUP BEFORE YOU PROCEED! This is doubly important If you are dealing with a specialized program whose installation involves multiple folders (or subprograms) under the single parent
folder. Does your program also involve important supplementary data files or purchased components under that same parent folder? If so, MAKE A FRESH DISK BACKUP BEFORE YOU PROCEED!
Most Important: Close all running programs before beginning work with Application Mover.
Most Important: Perform a fresh reboot of your computer before beginning work with Application Mover.
Important: Application Mover does not automatically assign itself 'administrator level' program rights. Windows Vista and
above will prompt for extra access rights each Application Mover it is run (see sample prompt). You must allow the program to be run "As Administrator", even if your
user account is 'administrator'. Older versions of Application Mover do not request elevated permission
so you must manually run the program 'As Administrator'. Do this by right clicking on the program shortcut and
select 'Run As Administrator' to run the program. This should be done
even if your user account is one with full access permissions.
Alternatively you can manually modify the shortcut properties for the
shortcut to launch the program (Right click on the shortcut; Click on
Shortcut tab; Click on Advanced; Check 'Run as administrator').
Most software programs save 'data' files (documents, spreadsheets, CAD
layout files) in a folder other than the folder where the program itself
is installed. You should always have fresh backups of all 'data' files
before using Application Mover. This is doubly important if the program
you want to move saves 'data' in the same folder as the installation
path. It is up to you to investigate this on your own. Application Mover
has no special knowledge of any particular programs.
Folders & Programs You Should Not Move
Do not attempt to move your 'My Documents' folder. 'My Documents' has
other folders (sometimes hidden) that contain special files related to
your user account OR other users on your computer. Consult other
information (F1 Help or online) for operating system instructions for
how to change the location of 'My Documents'.
Do not move folders or paths related to your operating system. Application Mover cannot be used to relocate a windows
installation! For example, do not try to move C:\Windows to D:\Windows!!
You will break your computer if you attempt this!
Do not move any folders underneath your 'Windows' path. For example, don't move \Windows\System!!
Do not attempt to move the parent \Users folder. Consult your operating system help or online help for now to change the location of 'My Documents', 'My Pictures', etc.
The \Users folder contain files related (some critical) to the operating system and/or other user accounts on your computer. Attempting to move \Users directly will probably
leave your computer inoperative afterward so don't attempt it!
Do not move \Program Files\Common Files. Folders under this path is used by many programs and files there will be
probably be "busy". If you know what you are doing you can possibly move specific paths under \Program Files\Common Files, one at a
time. But in general we suggest you leave things be when it comes to \Program Files\Common Files.
Important: It has been reported that Microsoft Office 2013 (Office 15) has problems if it is moved. See recommendation below. We have always
recommended against moving MS Office. If you have Office 2013 do not ignore this advice!!
recommend against moving highly complex programs such as Microsoft Office, specialized accounting software, Visual Studio, Anti-Virus Software, programs related to
your graphics driver, programs that provide ongoing maintenance backup/monitoring of your computer, etc. There are no hard & fast rules here but the more complex the program and/or the more
closely it is linked to basic operation of your computer, the more likely there are processes related to your program running at all times. This in turn means a greater likelihood that something
won't go right. Furthermore, complex programs that occupy many GB of disk space will require a long time to move, even on a fast computer, because of both the number of registry entries involved
and sheer disk space. At minimum you should make a fresh backup of your computer before you proceed!
Moving printer drivers is not
recommended. Depending on your printer & operating system it is likely
that some files will always be "busy" and the move will not succeed. If
your goal is to free up space on a primary SSD drive by moving print
drivers to a secondary drive we recommend you consult your printer
manufacturer and determine if instructions exist for installing the drivers
& related files to a custom location. If so, uninstall the printer per
your operating system procedures and use the alternate installation
instructions to re-install the driver to the secondary drive.
Do not use Application Mover to change the location of the Google Picasa database. Application Mover has no functionality to make internal changes to any files related to the Picasa database files themselves and no functions for changing Picasa settings for where the database is expected to be found. We suggest you consult Picasa support for the suggested steps.
We recommend against moving any of the Toontrack software products. We have one report of Application Mover stalling while attempting to
move the entire /Toontrack folder. We are not able to investigate this issue directly so, pending further information, we suggest you not move Toontrack. As minimum, be prepared to re-install if
something goes wrong.
We recommend against moving Flight Simulator 9. We have two reports of attempts to move Flight Simulator not going
well. Symptoms in each case differ but we now recommend against moving
Flight Simulator, especially if you have lost your license details &/or
original installation disks. Users should especially note that the Flight
Simulator 'folder' can be a very very large and can contain thousands of
files. Moving Flight Simulator will be a long process even on a very fast
computer so if you proceed, be patient! Let your computer focus
exclusively on the task!
e is a corrupted installation. Follow Symantec/Norton recommendations if you need to move System Works.
Do not move Norton System Works. By report, System Works may try to reverse some of the registry changes that Application Mover makes, perhaps in an attempt to repair
what it determin
Do not move Quicken. By report some files are left behind
in the original installation path after the
move. We have not been able to
repeat this ourselves so we do not know if this is because users ignored the "Some files are busy, reboot now?" prompt after
Application Mover was finished. Nevertheless, caution is advised
about moving Quicken.
Do not move iTunes. There are multiple iTunes-related processes running at all
times on a Windows computer and we recommend you follow guidelines from
iTunes support when moving your iTunes media folder. For example, see
Windows: Moving your iTunes Media Folder.
By report Microsoft MapPoint may be
difficult to move. We suggest that you not move MapPoint unless you have
your original installation media and/or license key.
We have reports that Adobe Photoshop
can be moved successfully but we suggest you not do so if you lost your original
installation media or license key.
We have no reports or experience moving
Application Mover has no special functions for moving STEAM
installations so we recommend against attempting move that software.
CAD software installations are often
highly complex and may contain file references to the original
installation path that Application Mover is not able to change. We
recommend against attempting to move any CAD software installations if
you do not have the original installation disks!
Do not attempt move the path Application Mover itself is in. If you need to relocate Application Mover, uninstall and
Logging and Backups
Please use the Log File feature. This is the "Log changes made to output file" setting in the main dialog. The info
may be helpful if something goes wrong.
Back up all data files associated with your program before you use
Application Mover. By this we mean any document collections, databases, and/or
data paths that are used by your program to store whatever information it is
your program is used for. Application Mover has been tested extensively but you
should update your backups first. You do have recent backups, right?
Before You Move Anything
Close all running programs before you run Application Mover. Most important,
close program(s) directly or indirectly related to the Current Path and New Path fields in the Application Mover main dialog. If you are
not sure about what this means, close all programs so that your Windows taskbar
If you complete the Current Path and New Path
fields by hand in the main dialog be sure to specify only
subdirectory (folder) names. Do not specify a specific file!! The program
works on paths, not specific files within a path. For example, if the
program you want to move is in the folder C:\Program Files\MyApp,
specify that in the Current Path field. Do not specify C:\Program
What Application Mover Is Not
Application Mover is not a 'migration' or 'installation clone' utility. Do
not use the program to move programs from one computer to another. It is not
designed for this.
Application Mover is not intended
to for drive swapping usage such as copying files to a new hard disk and
then swapping that hard disk. See Technical Notes below for more information.
Application Mover is not an 'installation discovery
tool'. It does not attempt to discover file references your program may have to
files outside of the Current Path field in the Application Mover main dialog.
Application Mover is not a substitute for buying a larger hard disk for drive C:. Consider other options if you are woefully low
on disk space and wonder if you can avoid replacing your drive C:\ by ussing Application Mover to, for example, move C:\Program Files\ to D:\Program Files\.
Did you try using Microsoft's Disk Clean Up first? Is your Internet Explorer cache using 20% of your hard drive? Maybe now is the time to
off-disk archive some of those old documents you haven't opened in years? Many drives come with 'clone
utilities' to copy your old drive to the new drive. Yes, putting in a new drive is technical and time consuming. For a few $$ more your
neighborhood computer shop will do it for you.
General Background About What Happens
Application Mover moves 'applications' based on the path specified in
Current Path field in the main dialog. The program moves all files from that
path (and any subdirectories under that path) to the path specified in the New
Path field. The program then uses the Current Path and New
Path strings to
make changes to the windows registry, Windows shortcuts, and .ini &
Install.log files in the program path.
The order of operations is: 1. Files are copied to the new path. 2. Registry
Changes are made. 3. Shortcuts are changed. 4. Files are deleted from the old
path. 5. .ini and Install.log files are changed.
Advanced Users: If you have a multi-boot system please consider the
consequences of moving a program that is installed under two operating
systems. Only the
actively loaded registry will be changed. Enable replacement confirmations if
you want to supervise the operation more closely.
The program works on entire paths only.
You cannot move single files. For example, you cannot move only C:\Program
Files\MyApp\MyApp.exe to a different path. Application Mover
moves all of C:\Program Files\MyApp\.
If you use a "Start Menu" replacement utility or program launcher,
changes made by Application Mover may not be reflected in your utility. If your
utility keeps data in a database of some kind, Application Mover will not be
able to change those settings. If your utility stores program data in the
registry, refreshing the utility's menu after Application Mover is finished may
Application Mover will not permit operations involving the root path of any
drive. For example, you cannot move C:\ to D:\.
The 'Update Current Path in Registry', 'Update Shortcuts to Current Path',
and 'Update Installer log Files' checkboxes in the main dialog are intended for
advanced users. Most users should leave these checked.
Some Technical Notes
Application Mover moves
'applications' based on the paths specified in 'Current Path' and 'New Path'
fields in the main dialog.
The table below lists some paths and results related to moving a fictitious program named 'MyEditor' from 'C:\Program Files\MyEditor' to 'D:\Programs\MyEditor':
Main Program Path:
Files also installed in:
Main Program Path:
Files remain in:
C:\Program Files\Common Files
Registry references and windows shortcuts are
changed to D:\Programs\MyEditor.
Assuming 'MyEditor' is a modern Windows program, as long as
physical hard drives retain their original letter assignments, 'MyEditor'
should continue to function normally from drive D: even though some files
remain in the paths on drive C:.
From the above you can see why problems will arise your goal is to
move 'MyEditor' to another computer. Why won't that work? Because some files related to 'MyEditor' are still on drive C:. For the same reasons you
'MyEditor' to a new hard disk and then physically swap that hard disk so it
has a new letter assignment.
If you have a strong technical knowledge about your program you
could potentially get around this by using Application Mover repeatedly on
various paths (and perhaps with some manual follow-up). However, this type of
usage is not supported.