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.

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3 comments: on "Change the default location for Installing Application"

IT Support London said...

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

mk said...

hey thnks for such great information..
keep penning!

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