The Program Files folder is normally located in your C:/ drive where the operating system is generally installed if you have Windows 10 or any other version of Windows operating systems. Installing programs requires good correspondence between the operating system and the programs. Today we are a Guide to “How to Change Default Program Files installation directory location in Window 10.”

However, we will first have to be aware of the consequences of changing the Program Files folder location. It’s not convenient to move the program files folder, if you do you may experience a problem with the operating system down the road.

How can I change the Program Files directory on Windows 10?

  1. First, open the Run by pressing press the Windows and R keys While on your Desktop
  2. Now,
    Type regedit and hit Enter.
  3. A Registry Editor window should now appear in front of you.
  4. You need to enter the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ProgramFilesDir
    • Note: for 64-bit systems, it will be in the ProgramFilesDir (x86) folder.
  5. You will be able to change the path by entering a new one in the Value data section of the window after you double click on it.
  6. If you’re done selecting a path, click the OK button to close the Registry Editor window.
  7. If the changes didn’t work after you closed the window, try rebooting your computer and trying them again.

You know now how to change the path to the Program Files folder and can see that it didn’t take up a lot of your time. It is always important to remember that altering the path of your program files folder may cause malfunctions.

Note: It is not supported by Microsoft for you to change the ProgramFilesDir registry value. If you change the ProgramFilesDir registry value, you may encounter difficulties with some Microsoft programs or some software updates.

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