How do you change the default Installation Directory in Windows 7 64bit?

Just installed Windows 7 64bit Home Edition, can't seem to change the default installation directory with regedit successfully. Did this no problem in XP. I have Window installed on a small SSD drive with a second hard drive to use for progams e.g. F:/Program Files.

Any one done this successfully?

Many thanks,

Steve.

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In order to change the default installation directory, please change the following in the registry.

 

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

322756  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

 

To change the registry, follow these steps:

1.    Start Registry Editor by entering “Regedit” in the search All programs.

2.    Locate the following:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

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.

 

Windows, by default, will now install your programs in the new drive or path.

 

Hope this helps!

 

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The 64bit version has two versions of regedit. Make this change as well:

1.) Enter into Start>Run: %systemroot%\syswow64\regedit
2.) Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion
3.) Change the Path in DWORDs ProgramFilesDir, ProgramFilesDir (x86) to the new path, probably just changing the drive letter.

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