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Windows 7: Changing system default VST directory in W7


28 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Changing system default VST directory in W7

Hello everyone,
I've run into a little problem. I need to change the default VST directory on my system, but it seems the method of doing so is different from Vista and XP. You used to be able to change it in the registry. Does anyone know how to do it in 7?

Reason for this change is the fact that I have quite a few VST plugins installed, but many of them are incompatible with Adobe Premier and Media Encoder, among others. Looking back, I should have installed effects and instruments in separate directories.

Any help is greatly appreciated, Thanks!

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03 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

*bump*

please, does anyone know how to change default vst dir in Windows 7?
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03 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

All my VST plug-ins install in my Program Files/Cakewalk/VST Plugins. This is the "default" directory. I just installed the Antares Auto-Tune EFX VST and it automatically installed in that folder.
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03 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
All my VST plug-ins install in my Program Files/Cakewalk/VST Plugins. This is the "default" directory. I just installed the Antares Auto-Tune EFX VST and it automatically installed in that folder.
Thank you for your reply, but I think you missed the question. I know where my default VST directory is, and so does my system. I wish to change the default VST directory so that when a program like Adobe Premier starts up and thinks "Where are the VST plugins?" it doesn't look in my current VST directory. As I said, it is easy to do in Vista and XP, but the solution is not clear in Windows 7.
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03 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

problem is solved. i swear i must be losing my mind. under further inspection of the registry, the value is here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Wow6432Node > VST > VSTPluginsPath

It is different than previous versions of Windows, but not much. There are several keys and values containing the letters 'vst' that have nothing to do with 'Virtual Studio Technology'. So that's why it didn't jump out at first.
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