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Oct
2008

How to change the folder Windows Vista uses to install new software

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vistaWhen you install a new application Vista by default place it into a spacial folder called Program Files or just Program which is usually located in your C drive root, if Vista is installed in such a drive of course (C:\Program Files). If you are one of those people who like to format your PC as often as I do, you may need to use another folder located into another partition, so that when  you format your hard disk, you won’t have any need to re-install your software. Here is a nice hack to change the default folder used by Vista to install programs to whatever folder you wish.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Run…
  3. Type Regedit.
  4. Look for this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion
  5. Now look for this subfolder: ProgramFilesDir. Double click on it and change C:\Program Files to D:\Program Files.
  6. Of course, instead of D:\Program Files you can specify whatever folder or partition you wish.



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