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How to make program files folder on secondary hard drive default?

Last response: in Storage
August 17, 2013 12:32:38 PM

I have a 250GB SSD for system etc.
I have a 1TB HDD for everything else. How do I change the default program files folders (x86 and regular) so that when I am installing a program the first choice is on this second drive instead of C? As of right now my secondary drive has nothing on it.

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a c 863 G Storage
August 17, 2013 12:47:38 PM

From Microsoft:

1. Start Registry Editor by entering “Regedit” in the search All programs.
2. Locate the following:
3. Right click on the value named ProgramFilesDir & change the default value C:\Program Files to the path you want to install all your programs in.
4. Click OK and Exit.

I much prefer to not force it, and just be cognizant of where I am installing things.
a c 863 G Storage
August 17, 2013 12:49:05 PM

But a 250SSD should be large enough for a LOT of applications.

Move your default Documents/Movies/Pictures elsewhere. That involves no Registry settings.
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September 13, 2014 1:33:09 AM

I have the same issue, and this seems like a straightforward cure. But will it affect already installed programs? Thanks!