How to change the default Windows – Program Files directory

Change the default installation folder

The default installation folder is set to “C:\Program Files”, but in your case you should change it to “F:\Program Files”. It could be that the C: drive is full or you just want to have only the operating system on it.

To change the default application installation folder, open your registry clicking the Start –> Run menu and typing  CMD to get a command window and then regedit. For Windows Vista/7 or Windows 2008 you can get there by just typing “regedit” in the Vista search window. To open the run command you can also press the Windows key + r.

Find the following values in the registry and change its value from “C:\Program Files” to “I:\Program Files”

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version
Name: ProgramFilesDir
Value: C:\Program Files

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Change Default Program Files

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