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In Windows Server 2008R2 I have installed programs in D:\Program Files (x86) to keep my C: drive as pristine as possible. The problem is that programs not installed in C:\Program Files (x86) are not displayed when I right-click a file, select Open With... and select "Choose Default Program".

Is there a registry setting or some other setting that will allow these programs to be displayed in the list? The same thing happens in Windows Server 2012. Thanks

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I assume you've done this manually by specifying an installation path for each program.

If you change the "Default Installation Directory" then not only with the "Choose Default Program" dialog start in D:\Program Files\ but also any new software will install there by default.

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