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Place all files in one mIRC folder

Posted By: TECO

Place all files in one mIRC folder - 06/09/20 02:42 PM

In my opinion, we who make scripts and codes to work on mIRC is kind of boring and confusing to have two mIRC folders.

One in:
C:\Program Files (x86)\mIRC

and another in:
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\mIRC

It would not be possible to put everything in the same folder C:\Program Files (x86)\mIRC so that it is easier to access since the folder C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\mIRC is a folder hidden by Windows itself?

Thank you
Posted By: Wims

Re: Place all files in one mIRC folder - 06/09/20 02:57 PM

Hello, you can do an 'old' type of installation to get only one folder, check this https://en.wikichip.org/wiki/mirc/mirc_installation
Posted By: maroon

Re: Place all files in one mIRC folder - 06/09/20 04:45 PM

What do you mean by "everything"? Do you mean only the backup folder? Or to have the read-only folder beneath C:\Program Files (x86)\ be where mirc.ini tries to run from, and have that be the default /write folder ?

As for the folder being hidden, perhaps another line could be added to the status window's right-click menu, to browse the mirc folder

//noop $sfile($mircdir)
Posted By: Khaled

Re: Place all files in one mIRC folder - 06/09/20 05:18 PM

That is how mIRC used to work. It was changed in 2007 to comply with Windows requirements that applications store their data in the application data folder.

If you want to store all files in one mIRC folder, you will need to use the portable option in the installer and install mIRC to your Documents folder or some other folder that allows write access.
Posted By: kap

Re: Place all files in one mIRC folder - 06/09/20 05:54 PM

Originally Posted by TECO
... the folder C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\mIRC is a folder hidden by Windows itself?


For what it's worth, I find it easy to navigate to. Hit Windows key + R, type: %appdata%\mirc then hit {ENTER}

:-)
Posted By: Protopia

Re: Place all files in one mIRC folder - 07/09/20 09:11 AM

@TECO - Sorry, but this suggestion is just plain wrong. The reason that programs and data are separated in Windows is for security. You do not want a malicious program to be able to add a virus to executables, so executables are placed in a "Program Files (x86)" directory that requires administrator permissions to write to, preventing a virus that isn't running as an administrator from infecting it.

If you use the old-style installation to have executables like mirc.exe and data files like mirc.ini in the same directory, then you are increasing the security risk on your PC.

In short, this is a very bad idea unless you know exactly what you are doing, have an essential reason for doing so and fully understand the risks you are taking.

P.S. That said, does a portable installation give you what you want?
Posted By: Raccoon

Re: Place all files in one mIRC folder - 12/09/20 10:44 PM

@TECO Review this technical information to see if it makes more sense. mIRC definitely already does what you want, in more ways than one.

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