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How to move the WebShare Directory

Moving an entire webshare can be involved as it requires the modification of registry entries that are the equivalents to httpd.cnf and srm.cnf.

If your comfortable with working with the registry, then proceed. If not, then it may be better left alone.

First, the registry should be backed up.

Now a little ground work before the actual process.

The parameters for MS PWS are stored at:


What is called a directory Alias in FP PWS is a virtual directory in MS PWS and IIS. They are held at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\W3Svc\Parameters\Virtual Roots

You will notice that they contain the virtual part as the key and the physical as the value. Also, included as the last element of the value is the permissions granted by the http server.

So to make the change:


  1. In Windows Explorer, right click the folder c:\webshare, copy.
  2. Right click the d: drive, paste. All folders and files will be copied over. We will delete the c:\webshare later when we are sure that we have a working copy.
  3. For each virtual at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\W3Svc\Parameters\Virtual Roots

dbl.-click the key, replace the c: with d:

Do this for every virtual that has a c: in it's value.

That should do it.

By the way the srm.cnf is replaced by the registry settings contained at:




How To move PWS to another Drive

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