How to Change the Default Installation Directory on Windows 10/8/7?

You must be familiar that the C-Drive is the default download directory for your computer. It means that whenever you download any program to your system, it is automatically saved into the C-Drive and downloaded on C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86) directory the program version that you’ve installed (32-bit or 64-bit architecture).

However, the drive will run out of space at some point because of all the programs and files. If this is the case with you, you don’t have to worry. You can change this default save location to any other drive on your computer anytime.

Once you have decided on the new location, you will have to tweak the registry a bit. A few simple steps will allow you to set your new directory as the default installation drive. It doesn’t end here. If you want to change the default installation location to an external drive, it is possible to do that too.

Keep reading this risewindows article for detailed instructions to achieve the same.

How to change the Default Installation Directory on Windows 10/8/7 using Registry Editor?

Quick note, you are recommended to create a system restore point and a backup of your registry before beginning the process. It will help go back to the previous settings if something goes wrong.

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Use the following steps to change the Default Installation Directory in Windows 10/8/7:-

Step 1: First, Long press the Windows logo and press R. It will open the Run dialog box.

Step 2: Type the following in the Run dialog box and press Enter:-

regedit

Step 3: Next, browse the following in the Registry Key window:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

Step 4: On the right side of the CurrentVersion key, double-click the String labeled with “ProgramFilesDir (x86)” and change the default value “C:\Program Files” to your new directory path (address).

Step 5: Type the new path in the Value data field and click on OK.

Step 6: Open the “ProgramFilesDir” string. After that, change the default value “C:\Program Files” to your new directory path (address).

Step 7: Type the new path in the Value data field and click on OK.

Step 8: Close the Registry Editor window after completing all the above steps.

Step 9: Finally reboot your computer to apply the changes.

The installation drive will now change to your desired location. You can get a program downloaded and test the new settings.

If you change your mind and want to return to the previous settings, repeat the above steps, and in steps 4 and 6, set the last path installation.

That is it.

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