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How do I install VB.NET onto a different drive?

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My question is regarding Visual Studio .NET installation to a different drive letter. I changed the install path to f:\, change environment variables to f:\, and f:\program files\. And yet VS.NET still wants to install things to c:\. I purposely partitioned my drives so I could control things with ease, and in case of crashes or viruses and such, things could be moved, and reinstalled without issues.

So my question is: Taking the above into account, how do I install VB.NET onto a different partition/drive, and not have anything go to c:\ put the shortcuts for the program locations?
If you are trying to get Visual Studio to *not* install anything into your :Program Files directory, there is no way to do that. I know, it's a hassle, but portions of the installation are hard coded to go there and there's nothing we can do about it.

This was first published in January 2004

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