The uTorrent Bittorrent client is without doubt one of the most popular torrent download programs available on the Internet in these days. It is regularly updated and still relatively lightweight, even though this has been tainted somewhat by the introduction of ads and toolbars the client ships with these days.
If you have installed uTorrent recently on Windows, you may have noticed that the installer is not providing you with an option to set a different installation directory. Instead, it will automatically install uTorrent in %AppData%\uTorrent.
I have verified this during installation of the current stable build, the beta build and the 3.4 alpha build that are all available on the official website. Note that this has been tested on a clean system, meaning with no uTorrent version installed on it prior to running the installers.
The installer displays the following setup pages currently:
And that is it. There is no option to select a different installation directory for the application. What if you do not want to run uTorrent from the %AppData%\uTorrent directory on Windows?
The only option that you have is to move the folder to another location. Simply move the full uTorrent folder to another location on your computer, e.g. c:\program files\ or c:\ or wherever you want it to be and run the application from there.
You are probably wondering why the change was made. According to the uTorrent forum, it was made so that updates can be installed without UAC.
While it is relatively easy to move uTorrent to a new location and run it from there, you may want to run it from the start menu or desktop as well to speed things up.
This can be done easily as well. Just open the directory you have moved uTorrent to and locate the uTorrent.exe in root.
Right-click the file and select Create shortcut from the list of options in the menu. All that is left to do now is to move the shortcut to the desktop, start menu or taskbar. Depending on its location, you should be able to move it multiple times. If not, create multiple shortcuts and move them to the locations you want them to be available in.
You may also want to modify the directories the file downloading and sharing client uses. To do so, open Options > Preferences or hit Ctrl-P and switch to Directories here.
New uTorrent versions seem to be installed in the default installation directory again, so that you need to move them - again - to the desired location you want to run the application from.
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