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Changing the Default Program Installation Directory

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You might want to change the location of your system default folder (C:\Program Files) from C drive to another system drives (D or E drive). By default software setup will attempt to install program in C:\Program Files directory. It is good practice to make the backup of the installed programs, if you installed all your programs in other than C drive. If you have little knowledge about editing the Windows Registry, then you can configure your computer for this purpose. 

Follow these instructions to make changes in Registry:

  • Click Start and the click Run, Type Regedit and click Ok
  • Navigate to the following Registry Key
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
  • Once you Highlight CurrentVersion, on the right side, you will find ProgramFileDir with the default value C:\Program Files
  • Right click and choose Modify or Double click on ProgramFileDir
  • Change the Value Data to any other drive (for example D:\Program Files or E:\Program Files).
  • Restart your computer for changes to take effect.

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