Is possible to install Windows to non-standard directories?

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QUESTION :

I would like to install Windows using non-standard directory names, e.g C:Foo for Windows folder, or C:FooBar for the System folder.

In theory, it should work as applications should ask the actual path for Windows and System folders with specific APIs (GetWindowsDirectory, GetSystemDirectory, SHGetFolderPath).

I would like to avoid any kind of folder redirection or hardlinks.

Basically, I have two goals:

  1. Test applications to avoid dependencies on hard coded paths
  2. Use nicer folder names, especially System64 for 64 bit stuff instead of System32

ANSWER :

No. Windows must always be installed to drive:/Windows/. This is for app-compatability reasons – i.e. many applications hard-code the path and so Microsoft cannot change the path or allow the path to be changed for fear of breaking all of these legacy applications.

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