Move installed program to another hard drive letter (same system)?, Part 2

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In the last 36 hours, I've received a slew of emails from Readers concerning a program used to move installed application from one hard drive letter to another. Recall --

Infopackets Reader John T. wrote:

" ... I've recently partitioned [split] my hard drive into two drive letters (C and D drives) so that I can keep my operating system [Windows] separate from my user files ... My question: is there a program that will transfer programs and shortcuts from one hard drive partition to another, and also change the system registry to reflect the move? "

In my response to John, I recommended he try Change of Address 2 (COA2). I based my recommendation on the fact that -- at the time of writing the article -- I believed Change of Address 2 was available to download, on condition that you register "free" with PC Magazine.

Apparently this is no longer the case.

Infopackets Reader Nick N. writes:

" The PC Mag downloads are no longer free and have not been so since at least last spring [2004]. ChangeOfAddress is still available, but only after paying $5.97 for a single file, $9.97 for a 30-day pass, or $19.95 for an annual subscription. "

Cecil B. also shared some insight:

" One thing I don't think you are aware of is that ZDNet stopped offering those downloads for free about a year ago. Now you have to pay a minimal fee for full access and download rights for all their in house software. On a related note, I received notification the other day that they were going to throw in a year's subscription to PC Magazine for the same price [good deal]. "

And, Reader Rod M. asks:

" I am interested in the comments about ChangeOfAddress (COA2). I want to move some programs from my C drive to my D drive as the C drive is becoming full. Does COA2 work with Windows XP home edition? "

According to the COA2 file description, there is no mention of support for Windows XP. However, COA2 *does* support NT (hint: Windows XP is built on NT technology) -- so does this imply that COA2 will work with Windows XP?

It would make sense; but, the truth is that I haven't tested this theory and wouldn't advise you try it unless you've backed up your data first. Anyone is welcome to email me with their experience with COA2 + XP and I'll include an update in this article (you can email me here).

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