How to Change the Default Install Location of File and Programs in Windows 7/8/10

  • 2016.10.27
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By default, Windows system would set a particular folder in the system and used to store the installed files & programs, but people usually forget where it is and want to change another installed folder they like, if you also want to change the install location of the downloaded file on your computer, please refer to the following guides to change the associated settings on PC.

In Windows 7

  1. Click on the Start button, and select Search or Run
  2. Type “regedit” in the box, and open the Registry Editor
  3. Navigate the registry keys inside and locate the following registry:
  4. Right-click on the value named “ProgramFilesDir”, change the default value “C:\Program Files” to the new directory path you want to store the installed files
  5. Click OK and Exit

In Windows 8/8.1

  1. Right-click on the Start button, or move the cursor to the right edge of desktop to display the hidden menu, and click Search
  2. Type “regedit” in the box, and choose to open the Registry Editor on the computer system
  3. Find out this key : “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion”
  4. Look for the value “ProgramFilesDir” or “ProgramFilesDir (x86) “, which is depending on your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit
  5. After then, double-click on the value, and change the value data “C:\Program Files” to other different path which you would like to be your default installed folder on your computer.
  6. Click on OK to confirm the modification, and Exit

In Windows 10

  1. Open the Start menu, select System, and Storage
  2. And then you can see all of available storage drives with the available free space on your computer, which could be a good reference for you to decide where to set your new installed folder
  3. Locate the “Save Locations” at the bottom of the window, you will see the current default installed folder of the documents, music, and other types of subjects, select the drive you want to save the installed file from the drop-down menu under “New apps will save to”, and click on Apply


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