Install Reader on Different Drive

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Hello, I am attempting to install Adobe Reader onto a different drive (E), as my C drive has absolutely no space remaining, and I cannot delete anything off of it.

 

I am aware of the Adobe - Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Distribution download, which I have downloaded onto the E drive, however there are still files that get placed in the ProgramData folder of my C drive, which takes up 404mb that I do not have to spare, so I am unable to install Adobe Reader.

 

My question is, is there a way to get the full installer place those files that it places into the ProgramData folder into my E drive rather than them defaulting into my C drive?

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Dov Isaacs Adobe Employee , Jan 21, 2021
The basic answer is that this isn't practically possible.   For a complete response to this, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/troubleshoot/windows-server/user-profiles-and-logon/relocation-of-users-and-programdata-directories. Please read this carefullyl!   Theoretically, you can move that directory, but doing so essentially “bricks” your system in terms of any subsequent Windows updates from Microsoft.   This limitation is true for virtually all significant Windows applications (including M...

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The basic answer is that this isn't practically possible.

 

For a complete response to this, see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/troubleshoot/windows-server/user-profiles-and-logon/relocation-of-u.... Please read this carefullyl!

 

Theoretically, you can move that directory, but doing so essentially “bricks” your system in terms of any subsequent Windows updates from Microsoft.

 

This limitation is true for virtually all significant Windows applications (including Microsoft Office and all other Adobe applications).

 

Regrettably, the easiest solution is to upgrade your system disk to something signficantly larger in capacity. If you are that low on space, you are likely to have other problems in terms of dynamic system paging and hibernation files as well as for doing any operating system updates.

 

Sorry, but there isn't any better news for you than this!

 

- Dov Isaacs, Principal Scientist, Adobe

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