Change default application installation folder

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

NT/W2K/XP's default directory for installing applications is the \Program Files folder (at least for English language version of NT/Windows 2000/XP). To change the default application installation folder:

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version
Name: ProgramFilesDir
Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
Value: C:\Program Files default

Please note that some programs ignore this registry setting.

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