Change default Program Files software install location in Windows

Every time you install a software on Windows, you  must have noticed that by default they are all installed to “Program Files” folder of your root directory.
So if you are running out of space in your root directory, you would always want to change this software installation path and here’s how you can achieve it in Windows operating System

For changing these settings you have to modify some parameters in Windows Registry as outlined below –

  1. Make sure you backup your registry before making any changes to it.
  2. Navigate to following folder in registry – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion.
  3. Look for the entry “ProgramFilesDir” in panel on right side.
  4. Change its value from “C:Program Files” to D:Installation (or whatever else you wish it to be).

Press PF5 for refreshing the registry updates and restart your machine for change to take effect.
So now every time you install new software they would get installed to this new folder of your choice.

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