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I'm want to do some tweaking to my PC's file hierarchy, but just moving folders and files around disables programs that depend on certain files to be in certain hard-coded addresses.

One solution that I'm hoping for is a Background Windows Service that'd keep track of file and folder movements. Then, whenever a program besides a file manager would try to access a moved file or folder, the service would re-direct it to the correct location. Manual entering of redirects is also a must.

How might I go about doing this?

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possible duplicate of Is there a ln symlink command in Windows 7 – Kevin Panko Aug 5 '14 at 14:46

NOTE: This works natively on Windows 7 or Vista only (Not XP or earlier - the command doesn't exist)

If, say, you wanted to move a program to a different harddrive, you could use the mklink command to make a directory symbolic link

For example, lets say i have Steam installed to C:\Program Files\Steam

but, thanks to the recent steam sales, my OS harddrive is starting to fill up. I have another harddrive with plenty of space, so I shutdown steam, cut the directory to the new harddrive (at X:\Steam) and in a command prompt window, i type

cd "C:\Program Files"
mklink /D "Steam" "X:\Steam"

(/D makes a directory symbolic link, instead of the default file symbolic link)

Now, if you browse to Program Files using explorer, there will be a shortcut-looking folder (it'll have the little arrow on the icon) and if you open it, the path in the explorer window will still say C:\Program Files\Steam.

So windows is happy, as far as it's concerned steam is still at Program files, and I'm happy, because my OS drive now has a bit more space.

I think you can even set the link to be hidden if you don't want to see it in Program Files, but i haven't tried because i'm not that worried about it.

mklink reference

EDIT: I forgot to mention, when you open the command prompt window, run it as administrator if you're editing Program Files (Right-Click -> Run as Administrator) otherwise you might not have permission to create a file in Program Files.

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Note, i realise it's not exactly what you asked for, but this is how I move around 'immovable' directories – Robotnik Jul 30 '12 at 1:21
Thanks for the information, it'll really help if I end up having to make the software myself! – Griffin Jul 30 '12 at 1:26
you could throw this in a WinForms app pretty quickly I reckon. There's probably a few floating around the web as well – Robotnik Jul 30 '12 at 1:31
And here we go. first Google result: – Robotnik Jul 30 '12 at 1:32
Symbolic links are not available before Windows Vista (except probably some server version, I don't know about those). If you're on XP or older you may be able to user junctions instead. – Erik Jul 30 '12 at 2:25

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