Sunday, 16 February 2014

Change Ninite's install directory. (or any other programs for that matter)

Like many other people I was troubled by this post on Ninite's website stating that they won't support custom install locations. "BUT WHAT ABOUT MY SSD!" Was the general thought :)

However there is a little hack around that will help people who have multiple drives.

1. Open regedit (open start and type regedit)
2. Browse to these keys: (If you're running 64 bit Windows there'll also be a (x86 version of each)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

3. Double click these entries (2 for 32 bit users 4 for 64 bit)
4. Edit them to where you want programs to be installed.
5. Reboot your computer for these to take effect

And there you have it! A simple workaround that will save you hours in the long run and allows you to use the ultra simple Ninite installer.


  1. Thing is, I really want Ninite to install things in separate locations for disk space. I want things like .net, java and such on the C: drive while things like Firefox and Dropbox on the D: drive.

  2. Marcus:
    So do two ninite installs and edit the entries in the registry twice.

  3. Unfortunately, ninite, and more critically Microsoft, do not support this approach, so perform at your own risk!

    Especially see:

    Ninite's comments about this: