Installing software in Windows without cluttering main OS

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by anythingUlike, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. anythingUlike

    anythingUlike MDL Junior Member

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    Hello

    From time to time I need install some programs which I use only for few days for doing some small projects. I'm looking for an application which would let me install programs normal way on main Windows 7 but in some kind different zone - in separate environment. As you know all programs you install and uninstall leave some files, registry entries and waste some disk space. I don't want to get my Windows 7 installation rubbish.

    I've tried to use:
    1) Sandboxie - it's good for small apps which don't require installing drivers but it fails with large installers like AutoCAD
    2) VMware Player - allows installing everything but the idea to have virtual OS in main OS cause performance drops. Also it's annoying to work in 2 OS at once and switching between them all the time.

    Do you know any other way to install programs without making main OS rubbish?
     
  2. anythingUlike

    anythingUlike MDL Junior Member

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    O man, you're genius. That's exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much.

    I used only local component for now. AutoCAD 2014 x64 installed that way works perfectly. Of course it's doesn't run as fast as real installation but it's much better solution than VMware.

    Do you know how to change whole C:\fslrdr folder location or path where programs are installed? i would like to use D:\ partition for everything if possible.
     
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    Not sure. Did you try to select D:\ while you installed AutoCAD.. else I don't know how to.
     
  4. anythingUlike

    anythingUlike MDL Junior Member

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    #5 anythingUlike, Dec 17, 2013
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  5. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    DeepFreeze - Unfreeze once you're done with the app
     
  6. anythingUlike

    anythingUlike MDL Junior Member

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    Deep Freeze may not work with encrypted partitions :p
     
  7. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    You never mentioned anything about encrypted partitions
     
  8. jellybelly

    jellybelly MDL Member

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    Some programs might work under Sandboxie.. but moreso i'd imagine smaller type programs
     
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