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?
Use the following steps to change the Default Installation Directory in Windows 10/8/7:-
Step 1: First, Long press the
Step 2: Type the following in the
Step 3: Next, browse the following in the Registry Key window:-
Step 4: On the right side of the
Step 5: Type the new path in the Value data field and click on
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
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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