Please read through information below before using Application Mover for the first time!! If you have questions contact Funduc Software at support@funduc.com before you proceed.

"Expert" computer 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

 

Folders & Programs You Should Not Move

Folder/Program

Details

'My Documents'

'My Documents' has other folders (sometimes hidden) containing 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'. 

C:\Windows

Never attempt to move paths directly related to your operating system. DO NOT try to move C:\Windows to D:\Windows!! You will break your computer if you attempt this! 

Any folder under \Windows

For example, never attempt to move C:\Windows\System32 or C:\Windows\System. Application Mover is not designed to relocate the Windows operating system. If you feel you must do this please seek another solution.

\Users

Consult operating system help or online help for changing the location of 'My Documents', 'My Pictures', etc. The \Users folder contain critical files operating system files. Attempting to move \Users directly will probably leave your computer inoperative. DO NOT attempt to move C:\Users!

\Program Files\Common Files

Folders in this path are used by various programs and some files may be "busy". If you are a expert computer user you can possibly move specific paths under \Program Files\Common Files, one at a time. But in general we suggest you not try to move any folders under \Program Files\Common Files.

Microsoft Office 2013 (Office 15)

By report Office 2013 will not move correctly. See recommendation below. We have always recommended against moving MS Office. If you have Office 2013 do not ignore this advice!! 

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.

The more complex the program and/or the more closely it is linked to the operation of your computer, the more likely there are processes related to your program running at all times. This in turn increases the likelihood that something won't go right. Also, complex programs occupying many GB of disk space 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! 

Printer drivers

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. 

Toontrack Software

We have one report of Application Mover stalling while attempting to  move the entire /Toontrack folder. Toontrack is a very very very large software package. We recommend against moving Toontrack. As minimum, be prepared to re-install if something goes wrong. 

Google Chrome or
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google

We have a report that C:\Program Files\Google causes trouble for Application Mover we recommend against moving Google Chrome (C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome). Chrome has evolved into a complex program. Various processes related to Chrome are likely running at all times. Identifying and stopping those services will not be easy for the average computer user. Furthermore, there may be special permissions present related to files/folders under \Google. Additionally, there may be other Google programs under the top level of \Google. Do not move a top level folder that has multiple independent programs nested underneath.  

Google Picasa Database Files

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. 

thinkorswim (TD Ameritrade)

By report this software cannot be moved successfully. The thinkorswim trading software by TD Ameritrade is a complex software with multiple security protections. If you have to re-install all your customizations and data will be lost.

Norton System Works

 

By report System Works may come along after Application Mover and try to "correct" some registry changes that Application Mover makes. Follow Symantec/Norton recommendations if you need to move System Works. 

Quicken / Quickbooks

By report 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. 

Flight Simulator 9

We have two slightly different reports that Flight Simulator is troublesome to move and now recommend against moving Flight Simulator, especially if you have lost your license details &/or original installation disks. Flight Simulator installations can be 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! 

iTunes

There are multiple iTunes-related processes running at all times on the Windows computer and we recommend you follow guidelines from iTunes support when moving your iTunes media folder. For example, see Locate and organize your iTunes media files.

Microsoft MapPoint

By report MapPoint may be difficult to move. We suggest that you not move MapPoint unless you have your original installation media and/or license key.

Adobe Photoshop

Do not move Photoshop if you lost your original installation media or license key. By report Photoshop can be moved successfully but caution is advised if you are not prepared to re-install or rebuild your system via a fresh backup.

STEAM Audio Software Products

Application Mover has no special functions for moving STEAM audio production software and/or sound libraries. Do not attempt to move STEAM products if you are not prepared to re-install or rebuild your system via a fresh backup.

CAD Software

CAD installations, including AutoCAD, are complex and may contain file references to the original installation path that Application Mover is not able to change. Additionally there may be special license-related files that may no longer work after the program is moved. We recommend against moving any CAD software product if you do not have the original installation disks!

Application Mover

Obviously you can't move a program that is running. Uninstall and re-install if you need to move Application Mover.

 

 

Logging and Backups

Before You Move Anything

What Application Mover Is Not

Other Suggestions

General Background About What Happens

Additional Notes

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':

Before

After

Main Program Path:
  C:\Program Files\MyEditor

Files also installed in:
  C:\Program Files\Common Files
  C:\Windows\Application Data
  C:\Windows\System  

Main Program Path:
D:\Programs\MyEditor

Files remain in:
C:\Program Files\Common Files
C:\Windows\Application Data
C:\Windows\System

 

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 can't move '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.