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Old 8th April 2017
  #25
Windows doesn't track where most of the files go during an installation, and if you're just copying a .DLL into a VST folder (as many of the free plug-ins make you do), Windows doesn't track any of that.

Windows also does not replace files that did not come with Windows (and from Microsoft) just because you moved a .DLL. Since Windows doesn't track them, it wouldn't know you moved them, and it wouldn't be able to replace a .DLL from Waves or NI or anyone else, anyway.

No one's forcing anyone to move VSTs, but many people have found it to be much easier to keep track of what they have installed by keeping all the VSTs in the same 2 or 3 folders. I've never had troubles with mine, in any of the DAWs listed in my signature (other than Steinberg and its location of Waves VST3 files). Your mileage may vary, but as a computer consultant for more than 20 years, I can tell you that Windows will not replace third-party .DLLs that you've moved, simply because it won't "know" you've moved them.

Steve