Change The Default Location For Installing Apps.txt

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Change The Default Location For Installing Apps.txt

Post by Nazzgull on Sat 23 Aug 2008, 6:30 pm

We recommend to backup the registry before editing it, learn how to do it here.

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 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 XP will use that new location as the default installation directory for new programs.

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