[wix-users] Directory getting created in different drive

Hoover, Jacob Jacob.Hoover at greenheck.com
Thu Jan 18 09:02:26 PST 2018

You didn’t nest PhotosDir under anything except TargetDir.  I do believe that Windows Installer will choose a local drive with free space as the default TargetDir.  If you need it to go to a specific location, then you need to author it as such. (With your indentation it almost looks like you wanted photos to go on the desktop.)


From: Ven H [mailto:venh.123 at gmail.com]
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Subject: Re: [wix-users] Directory getting created in different drive

Here it is. No, I am not using SetProperty anywhere.

    <Directory Id="TARGETDIR" Name="SourceDir">
      <Directory Id="ProgramFilesFolder">
        <Directory Id="INSTALLDIR" Name="$(var.InstallFolderName)" />
      <Directory Id="DesktopFolder" Name="Desktop" />
        <Directory Id="PhotosDir" Name="Photos" />  --> This directory (Photos) gets provisioned in D or E drive
      <Directory Id="CommonAppDataFolder">
        <Directory Id="TestInstallerLogs" Name="TestInstallerLogs">
          <Component Id="deleteFolder" Guid="323549D2-90B7-4D5D-8A36-EEA0ACCCC35E">
            <RemoveFile Id="deleteServiceFile" Name="TestWinSvcLog.txt" On="both" Directory="TestInstallerLogs"/>
            <RemoveFolder Directory="TestInstallerLogs" Id="TestInstallerLogs" On="both"/>


On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 10:10 PM, Hoover, Jacob <Jacob.Hoover at greenheck.com<mailto:Jacob.Hoover at greenheck.com>> wrote:
Provide the authoring of your directory and it's parents.  Also are you using a SetProperty on the testDir anywhere?

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Subject: [wix-users] Directory getting created in different drive

I have a Directory element in my Product.wxs file. It has an Id and Name attribute specified. Id="testDir" and Name="Test". I also have a component for this directory with KeyPath=yes and the component has a CreateFolder element wrapped in it, so that the directory gets created even if it is empty. This is being used in Virtual Directory for IIS. Now, when the directory gets provisioned as part of MSI installation, it gets created in D or E (a drive other than C), even though I didn't specify it anywhere.
The other components of the installation (files) are actually getting installed in C drive inside Program Files(x86), as expected. Can anyone please help me understand this?

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