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Initial post: Nov 24, 2013 4:22:16 AM PST
Assenoff says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 4:35:36 AM PST
Some software allows you to choose which drive to install on and others don't. That doesn't make it "crappy". Often it is that way to make it easy for the non-tech people (no choices).

Enjoy whatever you decide to use. You have posted in an unmoderated customer forum. Thanks for telling us.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 5:14:05 AM PST
"I think there is no need to explain why choosing the installation directory / drive is normal and expected for PC users."

Actually, I think there is a need to explain. Kindle for PC works just fine on my machine and I've once been concerned about which directory it's installed in. When software does ask me for a location, I always accept the default. It seems that Amazon is aiming for simplicity, not customizability and perhaps that's what more customers want.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 5:21:49 AM PST
KessaJo says:
And you are telling everyone on the Internet this, why?

Choose what you want. Amazon has the Cloud for reading, K4PC, apps, and Kindles. If none are up to your standards, then choose something else.

But telling the world is not really necessary.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 5:56:34 AM PST
It's good to be sixth.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 7:14:34 AM PST
Kribu says:
I have no idea why the original poster couldn't handle having Kindle for PC on the default (system) drive, but one possible explanation that I can think of is that it's not uncommon these days to have a PC setup where Windows / the OS resides on a fast SSD drive and data resides on regular hard drives.

This is a good setup when you need to balance speed and capacity, but SSD drives tend to be rather expensive and many people with such setups have system drives with not a lot of extra space - they count on being able to use the high-capacity slower hard drives for anything where speed is not as essential. If Kindle for PC doesn't let the user choose the installation drive, I think that also means it will by default download all your Kindle books to the same system drive, which isn't necessarily desirable if your system drive is only 64 GB or 128 GB (or even 256 GB).

Most users are perfectly happy to just click Next and install everything into default / suggested drive and directory, but I agree, these days, with a variety of systems that people use, with rather different hardware setups, it would be really nice if the user at least got an option to change the default installation path.

(I'm perfectly fine with letting my Kindle for PC reside wherever Amazon wanted to install it for me, but I still have enough space on my 256 GB SSD drive, and I very rarely actually download books to Kindle for PC as I have a Paperwhite for all my reading needs. I can understand why it might be an unexpected problem to someone else, though - not that I know if this is the original poster's issue, I'm just offering one possible reason why some people would like a custom option.)

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 7:28:22 AM PST
N. Podaci says:
It may not let you choose where the application is installed, but it does let you choose where the content is stored. I don't remember whether you can do this during installation, but once it is installed it is in the Menu. Tools>Options>Content.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 7:31:06 AM PST
I can understand why it may be necessary and I can also understand why Amazon did not go that way. As I posted above, I do not think not having that option makes the app "crappy" nor do I think Amazon has to cater to all possible requests (more like a demand by the OP). There are other options, ie reading in the browser that the OP could have used instead of stamping his feet and taking his toys home.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 7:41:53 AM PST
Kribu says:
Oh, I agree completely. I just posted because there seemed to be some confusion about why one would even want that option.

N. Podaci - thanks, that's good to know! I didn't bother to check after installing, as it wasn't necessary for me, and I knew from before that Kindle Content is downloaded into a sub-folder under Documents (or My Documents) by default, which, of course, tends to reside on the system drive.

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 8:19:38 AM PST
The OP needs a shorter screen name. I think just the first three letters would do...
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