Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How to change default “Program Files” folder location

By default, the installation of most software programs are set to C:\ Program Files. What if you want to install into another partition and set it as a default? This is specially useful for Internet Cafe owner whose using Deepfreeze and alike programs to freeze or lock the windows OS partition.

Follow this procedure.

1. Click Start --> Run (or Windows key + R)
 2. Type regedit and click OK.
 3. Navigate to key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft Windows\ CurrentVersion
4. Now you'll see on the right window "ProgramFilesDir" and double click it and modify data in this key by the new path for the installation folder. For example, change from C: to D: to change the partition.
5. Reboot your computer for change to take effect.


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