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  • Some weeks ago I tried relocating my Opera installation to a different drive and accessing it through a junction or a symbolic link at the old location pointing to the new location. Everything worked perfectly until I did an update to a new version. This caused havoc. The junction or symbolic link was deleted (!) and replaced by a folder with the same name, but the new folder contained only the data portion of my installation while the program itself remained in the new location but - as the link was detroyed - could not be accessed anymore as before. I never encountered an aggressive behaviour of this kind. Other browsers like Vivaldi comply without problems with the relocation.

    Any advice except "don't" ?

    Thank you
    Daniel

  • @orplidmeinland
    IMO this deserves bug report - no setup should override/delete junctions. BTW, which folder you linked - program files/opera or some underlying one (with version number)?

  • @donq
    It happened when updating from 70.0.3728.178 to 71.0.3770.148, i.e. the latest version. I linked the complete opera folder (standalone installation) "Newdrive...\Opera" to a junction/symbolic link "Olddrive...\Opera". After trying to update through the update ooption I got a folder "Olddrive...\Opera" in place of the link with a single subfolder "data". After restarting Opera from the update option the program didn't come back. Fortunately I had a backup of the original installation.

    Regards
    D

  • What OS?

    Should the following be enough to reproduce?

    Standalone installation (of 70.0.3728.178) at "C:\Opera" (with profile at "C:\Opera\profile\data") with shortcut on desktop that points to "C:\Opera\launcher.exe" to launch it.

    Move "C:\Opera" to "D:\Opera".

    mklink /d "C:\Opera" "D:\Opera"

    Launch Opera with the shortcut, goto opera://about, check for updates and let it update.

  • Hi @burnout426

    My OS is Windows 7 Ultimate (up to date).

    Your proposed layout correponds 99% to mine - with the exception that your "C:\Opera" is that my locations are "Drive:\Tool2\Opera" and the permissions for the first drive are "Full access for Everybody" and I used mklink /J in the first place.

    Regards
    Damiel

  • @orplidmeinland
    Sorry. I'm correcting my typos.

    My OS is Windows 7 Ultimate (up to date).

    Your proposed layout correponds 99% to mine - with the exception that your "C:\Opera" and "D:\Opera" are "Drive:\Tool2\Opera" on my system, the permissions for the first drive are "Full access for Everybody" and I used mklink /J in the first place.

    Regards
    Damiel