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20 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
my secondary hdd

Well i just put in a 120 GB hdd in my new computer, and i want to install programs on it. How do i do that? I seen a tutorial around here i thought where it will tell me how to even change the default installation path, but i cant find it.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

So if I understood you correctly you want future installations to go onto the new drive, right?

open regedit and navigate to


Locate the value named “ProgramFilesDir” in the right window, double click it and change the default value “C:\Program Files” to your new directory path(address).

But whatever you do, make sure you read and understand this Article first:
Microsoft does not support changing the location of the Program Files folder by modifying the ProgramFilesDir registry value

Mind you, I have 32 bit so your default folder might have a slightly different name

In the long run it might be safer to give the new path during installation (usually called Custom Install)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

That works. Good deal. Thankye.
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