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My client has a very bare bones host who would not allow installation of WP. They insisted on doing it and in that process installed the files in a subfolder rather than at the top level.

The question is, can I simply move the file to the top level and expect WP to run, or is there pathway information in the database?

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You can follow the Wordpress docs and leave Wordpress in a directory but have it appear to be in root. See http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory#Using_a_pre-existing_subdirectory_install

This will correctly change the location in the database. This might be the best way to go if the host requires Wordpress to be in a subfolder for some reason.

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Or, you can move all the files to root. See http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress This link also includes recovery information in case you make mistakes in the move.

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