How to change the download location in Windows 10, 8, 7

Marian Cularea By: Marian Cularea
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Has it ever happened to you that when trying to download a file, folder or perhaps a program in Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows 10, you didn’t had enough free disk space to do so ?Well, this is mainly because Windows 8, 7 and Windows 10, like any other Microsoft operating systems, have the default download location folder set in your C:/ drive where you also have your operating system. This is the reason why, most probably, you won’t have that much space available.

Tn the tutorial below, you’ll learn how easy it is to change the download location in Windows 8, 7 or Windows 10 in only five minutes of your time. Also, you can change the download location folder even when the message pops up saying that you don’t have enough free disk space on the partition. So, without wasting any more time, let’s begin the tutorial and set our new directory for our downloaded items.

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  1. After you power up the Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 PC, you will have to left click on the desktop icon you will have in the start screen.
  2. Now after you get to your desktop feature right click on the “Windows Explorer” icon presented in the lower left side of the screen.
  3. Now from the menu that pops up you will need to left click on the “Desktop” icon.
    Note: You can also access the “Desktop” by double clicking (left clicking) on My Computer or This PC (depending on your OS version) and after the window with “My Computer” is opened you can left click on the “Desktop” icon in the left side of the screen.
  4. Now, after you selected the “Desktop”, some icons will be shown in the right side of the window and you will need to double click (left click) on the folder with the name of your account.
  5. In the folder you opened that had your account name, you will have to right click on “Downloads” folder presented there.
  6. After you right clicked the “Downloads” folder you will need to left click on “Properties”.downloads folder windows 10
  7. Now that the “Properties” window is open, you will need to left click on the “Location” tab presented in the upper side of that window.
  8. Now that you have selected the “Location” tab you can see the path where the download items are going .
  9. Left click on the “Move…” button you have under the specified path.change download folder location pc

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  11. Now after you left clicked on “Move…” you will have to write there yourself the drive where you want your items to be downloaded and also in which folder.
    Note: If the folder you have written does not exist after you left click on the “Apply” button situated in the lower right side of the screen you will be asked if you want to create that download folder and you will left click on “OK” to confirm.
  12. Another “Move folder” window will appear which it will show you the old and the new location where you will have to left click on the “Yes” button situated in the lower right side of the screen.
  13. Now, you will have to left click on the “OK” button in the “Download Properties” window.
  14. Go to your new location where you selected to download your files and check if Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 system has made a “Downloads” folder there.
    Note: Reboot your Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 device if it hasn’t created the “Downloads” folder to the new directory and check again after power up.

How do I change the default save location in Windows 10?

If Windows 10 is your OS of choice, you can also change the download folder save location from the Settings page:

  1. Go to Settings > System > select Storage
  2. Now, click on the option ‘Change where new content is saved’Change where new content is saved windows 10
  3. Set your preferred download location for each item category.

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So, now you can go and download your files or programs in Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 without having to worry about the download location. Share your thoughts on this article in the comments below and feel free to list your suggestions on what we can do to help you further in your Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10 computer.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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