Change default install location for apps

Posted On 2010-10-03 by FortyPoundHead
Tags: Software Hack/Tweak Windows 7 Windows XP Windows
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Windows 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 Registry hack.

Run the Registry Editor (regedit)and go to

Look for the value named ProgramFilesDir. by default,this value will be C:\Program Files.

Edit the value to any valid drive or folder and Windows will use that new location as the default installation directory for new programs.

This should work for all current versions of Windows:

Windows 2000 (all)
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7

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