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