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Nov 25, 2010

Change the default location for Installing Application

As the size of hardrives increase, more people are using partitions to seperate and store groups of files.

XP uses the C:\Program Files directory as the default base directory into which new programs are installed. However, you can change the default installation drive and/ or directory by using a simple Registry hack.

Follow the Steps:-

* Go to Start -> Run

* Type "regedit" without quotes

* Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

* On the right panel search for the value named "ProgramFilesDir" by default, this value will be C:\Program Files

* Double click and edit the value to any valid drive or folder

* And windows will use that new location as the default installation directory for new programs.


  1. Great tips, thanks for posting mate! Does this work in Vista/7 as well as XP?

  2. hey thnks for such great information..
    keep penning!