I read your blog post about this :
"The thing that cinched the decision to remove the installation directory was that I could not, try as I might, think of a single valid functional reason for changing it from the system default! Aesthetical, arguably yes. Functional, no."
For me it's not quite so simple as that :
After Windows is installed, "Programs" is already populated by a number of apps, but with no organizational structure. That makes it very difficult to locate say, four similar programs because they're not in one folder.
So I make an "Applications" folder within "Programs", and that contains an entire directory structure to keep everything organized.
So when I installed AxCrypt, now I've come across the one app out of hundreds that I can't put where I want it, and it kind of messes up my organization.
I have to make a mental note (how long will that last ?) that something is unique. You get enough "unique" and non-standard app characteristics like that and things can get out of hand.
I do understand all the reasons why you removed the choice - and they're all valid reasons - especially that you might end up with a lot of support requests because of bad installation choices. I just wish there was some middle ground.
The other thing is that there was no warning that there wouldn't be an install directory choice, and because of that I wasted a lot of time.
I started install, then realized it had installed already to "Programs" --> thought I'd missed something --> uninstalled --> checked the Registry to see if it really had uninstalled --> tried reinstalling --> saw that there was no choice --> checked the Registry to see what was going on and if there was a choice for install location --> went to axantum.com to find a support forum --> read a bunch of posts --> finally found the install faq --> now spending time writing this.
I think this could be prevented if you just put a little alert in the install that you won't get a choice, at least I wouldn't have had to waste all that time.
It's just not something you expect anymore when installing apps - I haven't seen that in years.
Anyway, it is a great program and I do thank you for that. I know I sound grouchy but I do like the program a lot.