How To Change The Default Installation Folder In Windows


winlogo.jpgAre you running out of disk space on your C:\ drive? Do you have another hard drive or partition that has a ton of free space?

If you do and want to make better use of that free space, you can change the default program installation path to point to a folder on the drive or partition that has the free space. This way, when you install new applications or programs, they will automatically install to the new location with out needing to worry that you'll run out of disk space on your C:\ drive.

Now, this modification may not be for everyone. If you have plenty of available disk space where you normally install programs and apps, there is no need to change the default installation path (you can always change the path manually during installation).

For people who need to make this change, open up the registry editor, by clicking on Start \ Run and in the run box type regedit and click on OK .

NOTE: Follow the below steps exactly as specified and do not make any changes other than specified while in the Registry. Always create a System Restore point or backup of you Computer when making configuration changes.

  • Next, navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

  • Make sure you have clicked on CurrentVersion , then on the right side, double click on ProgramsFilesDir (this is the value that sets the default install location).

  • In the Edit String dialog box. change the path in the Value data: field to the new default install location, and click OK .

  • Close Regedit

Now, the next time you install an application or program, the new default installation path will be used:

And you won't need to worry about running out of disk space during installation.

Comments on How To Change The Default Installation Folder In Windows Leave a Comment

February 20, 2009

Malang Yar @ 9:14 am #

I hope that you will be Usefull in saving it

October 10, 2009

Ariel @ 5:13 pm #

Worked great even for Windows Vista Home Premium. Thanks a lot.

April 21, 2010

Ken @ 3:08 am #

Thank you, it works.

July 22, 2010

sugugood @ 12:22 pm #

thank you

December 7, 2010

Mike @ 4:08 pm #

Great info & screenshots; Thanks a ton 🙂

March 15, 2011

toni @ 7:31 am #

thank's very usefull.Worked great

June 10, 2011

Is this the same for Windows 7?

January 21, 2012

Khandees @ 10:24 pm #

thank you very much!

August 23, 2016

Bob Johnson @ 5:54 pm #

I attempted to change the location from Drive C: to L:. Before I made the change, I saw a number of other items that also were directed to drive C: eg Program files (x86) and I did not know if I needed to make changes to all the other items in this directory or not. So, I did not make any changes.

Should I make changes in all the other places shown as drive C:?

Thanks for your help.


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