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Windows 7: Will moving Downloads folder change program default save location?

26 Jul 2014   #1
pcwin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Will moving Downloads folder change program default save location?

The Downloads folder by default is at C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads

I have another hard disk D:\ that I use it to save data files only and I would like to move the Downloads folder to the D:\Downloads

I will follow User Folders - Change Default Location to move the Downloads folder.

Many programs (e.g. internet browser) "save files"/"download location" by default is pointing to C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads

Q1) After I have moved to D:\Downloads, will the programs "save files"/"download location" automatically point to the new location D:\Downloads ?

Q2) If the programs "save files"/"download location" is still pointing to C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads, will the programs still save downloads to C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads ?

Q3) Do I need to manually go through one by one program settings to change the "save files"/"download location" to D:\Downloads ?

Thanks


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26 Jul 2014   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Why bother with moving the folder? Every browser I've used may default to the downloads folder on the C: drive but also allows you to specify a different folder. I simply point the browser to the downloads folder on my D: drive and oftentimes I even create a new subfolder for that download. Works for me.
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26 Jul 2014   #3
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Firefox uses the Downloads folder under the user account on the C: drive unless you check the Always ask me where to save files box under Option on the General tab.
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26 Jul 2014   #4
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Q1) After I have moved to D:\Downloads, will the programs "save files"/"download location" automatically point to the new location D:\Downloads ?

A1: Windows will point to the new folder on D: and programs should honor that definition.

Q2) If the programs "save files"/"download location" is still pointing to C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads, will the programs still save downloads to C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads ?

A2: Not sure, but the tutorial asks you to verify that the original folder on C: and it's contents were moved. Some pgms might still try C:\downloads, but they would be fairly old programs.

Q3) Do I need to manually go through one by one program settings to change the "save files"/"download location" to D:\Downloads ?

A3: You shouldn't have to, but pay attention for the first week or two as you download things - where are they placed...
How many pgms actually download stuff? Browsers mostly right... how many browsers do you have 2?
I think you'll be fine - just follow every step in OPTION TWO of the tutorial.

Bill
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26 Jul 2014   #5
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I didn't move any folders. I just created a folder named "Download Tank" on the D drive and download into various folders there. In IE, I simply choose Save As. It remembers the last folder but it's easy to change if I'm grouping downloads like Intel Drivers, Microsoft Software, etc. Everything I download goes there first. I even included it in my Libraries.


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