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Default unzip drive and temp folder

jf555
One of the computers I use has a quirk, whenever I print or unzip a file, it unzips to to networked mapped drive, i.e., P:. For example, I am trying to install W-XP-SP3 and it will unzip to the P: drive. Please let me know how do I correct this one so that the default unzip or spooler drive will be C:, this way the network printing will actually proceed, thanks,

Jeff
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    seanferd

    Which compression utility are you using?

    If it is the Windows compressed file utility, I believe it will default to your assigned temp directory (which apparently is a directory on P:, probably where your user documents and settings folder is).

    Is "unzip to..." available in the context menu if you right-click the file?

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    jf555

    Hi, thanks, for yoyur reply, however, typically, the W-SP3 does not ask where to unzip, just goes on creating a with a long and cryptic folder, typically like this: p:\29de3845abc12...etc. I can't find what directs the path to P: rather than C:

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    Mehul Bhai

    When you install any updates, patches or Service Packs of Microsoft Products it begins by temporarily explode (you say it unzip, which is not) in a drive which has maximum free space available with folder name created using random letters & numbers and then starts installation after exploding completely. After installation this folder gets automatcally deleted. May be in the computer where you are installing the OS intreprets that the P Drive is having maximum free space whicc is a network mapped drive which is the case normally if you are in a Large Organization.

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    jf555

    If I use the unzip program in Windows or Winzip or other such similar program,, I can direct where to place the unzipped files, however, the Windows SP3 unzips onto P; and the printer spooler files also place themselves on P:, whre do I change this default location? This is just a shared location on a P2P internal network, no Windows server, etc. Thnaks,

    Jeff

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    Mehul Bhai

    When you install any updates, patches or Service Packs of Microsoft Products it begins by temporarily explode (you say it unzip, which is not) in a drive which has maximum free space available with folder name created using random letters & numbers and then starts installation after exploding completely. After installation this folder gets automatcally deleted. May be in the computer where you are installing the OS intreprets that the P Drive is having maximum free space which is a network mapped drive which is the case normally if you are in a Large Organization.

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    Mehul Bhai

    He is right and I also meant to say this also in my reply.

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    seanferd

    I thought you were saying that you had a zipped-up copy of SP3.

    The temporary files will go wherever your system is configured to have them go. This is obviously on the P: network drive. It should still install to wherever it is supposed to do so (local C:, I gather).

    Otherwise, someone has changed the installation path for Windows. I would try changing the temp directory, if necessary, or contact the network admin.

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    jf555

    Yes, it installs correctly, that is NOT the problem, the problem is :How do I change the Path so that any default unzip directory will point to C:? Thanks,

    Jeff

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    jf555

    I must have not stated the question clearly, installing W_SP3 either from local or P; drive is not the problem, the question is: where in the registry do I make the change so that the temp directory points to C? Thanks,

    Jeff

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    OldER Mycroft

    I tell you what, why don't you just post with a Full Stop and we'll fill in all the CORRECT DETAILS for you. I mean- we'd have more chance of getting the question right than you appear to have done.

    I was at this point going to insert a long-winded account of instances from your previous entries to show where you totally ignored what you were told, and continued to harp on about 'zipped files and unzipping zipped files" - when at no point have you actually HAD a zipped file - but I couldn't see the point.

    Yet here we are, at the 12th entry in this thread, and you suddenly introduce the concept that the TEMP directory can be influenced by the Registry.

    Do I take it that Zipped and Unzipped files are now no longer of any concern? That you now appreciate that Service Pack 3 is not IN a Zipped File? Have you ever actually looked IN or FOR the Temp Directory?

    Because if you had you would already know that it is already sitting in the Windows Directory on the C:\ drive. Where did you get the idea you HAD to knife&fork the Registry?

    Let's just recap here:
    #1. You have NOT been unzipping SP3.
    #2. You don't choose where SP3 decompresses to.
    #3. The 'Temp' directory already exists where you intend putting it.
    #4. You don't need to mutilate the Registry to move the already existing directory.

    Would you like to change tack now for either 'PRINT SPOOLER' or 'UNZIP TO:' ? Both of which we've already covered up above.

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    Mehul Bhai

    My reply clearly states that if you are installing any microsoft patches including service pack they will automatically select a drive which is having the most amount of free space available and then the temp foder will bw deleted after the installation is complete and trhe machine is restarted/rebooted. You most probably can't change the temp folder location. After installation Microsoft keeps a copy of old files, uninstalltion scripts and some new files, etc. in some particular folders in the Windows Directory for any uninstallation, if required, in future
    I would like to mention here that even other softwares/applications/servers installation also behave like this by design. One of them Oracle Database Server installation, in which the default installation folder is in a drive with the maximum space on the system, unless you change it.
    If you are using Winzip, then only you can ZIP and UNZIP, in which there is a provision/option/preference to change the location of the temporary folder it uses for its operation.

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    jf555

    Hi Guys, thanks for your efforts, it is in the Advanced location/Environment variable, as simple as that. Everything work now.

    Jeff

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    seanferd

    Which compression utility are you using?

    If it is the Windows compressed file utility, I believe it will default to your assigned temp directory (which apparently is a directory on P:, probably where your user documents and settings folder is).

    Is "unzip to..." available in the context menu if you right-click the file?

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    jf555

    Hi, thanks, for yoyur reply, however, typically, the W-SP3 does not ask where to unzip, just goes on creating a with a long and cryptic folder, typically like this: p:\29de3845abc12...etc. I can't find what directs the path to P: rather than C:

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    Mehul Bhai

    When you install any updates, patches or Service Packs of Microsoft Products it begins by temporarily explode (you say it unzip, which is not) in a drive which has maximum free space available with folder name created using random letters & numbers and then starts installation after exploding completely. After installation this folder gets automatcally deleted. May be in the computer where you are installing the OS intreprets that the P Drive is having maximum free space whicc is a network mapped drive which is the case normally if you are in a Large Organization.

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    jf555

    If I use the unzip program in Windows or Winzip or other such similar program,, I can direct where to place the unzipped files, however, the Windows SP3 unzips onto P; and the printer spooler files also place themselves on P:, whre do I change this default location? This is just a shared location on a P2P internal network, no Windows server, etc. Thnaks,

    Jeff

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    Mehul Bhai

    When you install any updates, patches or Service Packs of Microsoft Products it begins by temporarily explode (you say it unzip, which is not) in a drive which has maximum free space available with folder name created using random letters & numbers and then starts installation after exploding completely. After installation this folder gets automatcally deleted. May be in the computer where you are installing the OS intreprets that the P Drive is having maximum free space which is a network mapped drive which is the case normally if you are in a Large Organization.

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    Mehul Bhai

    He is right and I also meant to say this also in my reply.

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    seanferd

    I thought you were saying that you had a zipped-up copy of SP3.

    The temporary files will go wherever your system is configured to have them go. This is obviously on the P: network drive. It should still install to wherever it is supposed to do so (local C:, I gather).

    Otherwise, someone has changed the installation path for Windows. I would try changing the temp directory, if necessary, or contact the network admin.

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    jf555

    Yes, it installs correctly, that is NOT the problem, the problem is :How do I change the Path so that any default unzip directory will point to C:? Thanks,

    Jeff

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    jf555

    I must have not stated the question clearly, installing W_SP3 either from local or P; drive is not the problem, the question is: where in the registry do I make the change so that the temp directory points to C? Thanks,

    Jeff

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    OldER Mycroft

    I tell you what, why don't you just post with a Full Stop and we'll fill in all the CORRECT DETAILS for you. I mean- we'd have more chance of getting the question right than you appear to have done.

    I was at this point going to insert a long-winded account of instances from your previous entries to show where you totally ignored what you were told, and continued to harp on about 'zipped files and unzipping zipped files" - when at no point have you actually HAD a zipped file - but I couldn't see the point.

    Yet here we are, at the 12th entry in this thread, and you suddenly introduce the concept that the TEMP directory can be influenced by the Registry.

    Do I take it that Zipped and Unzipped files are now no longer of any concern? That you now appreciate that Service Pack 3 is not IN a Zipped File? Have you ever actually looked IN or FOR the Temp Directory?

    Because if you had you would already know that it is already sitting in the Windows Directory on the C:\ drive. Where did you get the idea you HAD to knife&fork the Registry?

    Let's just recap here:
    #1. You have NOT been unzipping SP3.
    #2. You don't choose where SP3 decompresses to.
    #3. The 'Temp' directory already exists where you intend putting it.
    #4. You don't need to mutilate the Registry to move the already existing directory.

    Would you like to change tack now for either 'PRINT SPOOLER' or 'UNZIP TO:' ? Both of which we've already covered up above.

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    Mehul Bhai

    My reply clearly states that if you are installing any microsoft patches including service pack they will automatically select a drive which is having the most amount of free space available and then the temp foder will bw deleted after the installation is complete and trhe machine is restarted/rebooted. You most probably can't change the temp folder location. After installation Microsoft keeps a copy of old files, uninstalltion scripts and some new files, etc. in some particular folders in the Windows Directory for any uninstallation, if required, in future
    I would like to mention here that even other softwares/applications/servers installation also behave like this by design. One of them Oracle Database Server installation, in which the default installation folder is in a drive with the maximum space on the system, unless you change it.
    If you are using Winzip, then only you can ZIP and UNZIP, in which there is a provision/option/preference to change the location of the temporary folder it uses for its operation.

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    jf555

    Hi Guys, thanks for your efforts, it is in the Advanced location/Environment variable, as simple as that. Everything work now.

    Jeff