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Windows 7: Default installation directory, Win7 32-bit

12 Jan 2014   #1

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
Default installation directory, Win7 32-bit

Current default install directory is "C:\Program Files"
Can this be modified after Windows is installed ?

Would the changes sabotage already installed apps/os/etc ?
I would assume 64-bit would be different to 32-bit

For over 10 years I have created "C:\Programs2" folder, where I prefer to install all my extra apps etc.

Some download/installs do not offer an install folder option, and just "dump" the install into "C:\Program Files"

I would appreciate some (any) expert advice... thank you :)

Note   Note
1. Backup registry
2. Open Registry:- Start/Run:= Regedit ... [OK]
3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version
4. Name/String:= ProgramFilesDir
5: Value:= < change string to directory of choice >

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

You should be able to change the path to put it anywhere you want.

Doing future program installs like this should have no ill affect on anything that`s already been installed.

Why do you want to change it ?

If you change the path but still use C for the storage, it`s still on C, so what would be the point of the change ? ( rhetorical )
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 10 Pro X64

64 bit system have two program folders.

C:\Program Files
C:\Program Files (X86)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Jan 2014   #4

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

AddRam +1 :)

Some installs offer no user option where to install, I don't install my programs in "C:\Program Files"
I am also looking at replacing HDD in an Acer laptop with a WD Black2 dual drive, 2 drives.

Ztruker +1 :)
64 bit system have two program folders.
C:\Program Files
C:\Program Files (X86)
Thank you for the info. I only just sorted out a generic script for 32 and 64-bit
My only experience so far has been 32-bit.
Thank you all for your input
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