Generally the location of default download folder is under Administrator account like C:\user\Download in Windows 7. Whenever you download any stuff from internet and if you don’t save files in other location then it is stored in default download folder automatically. But in many circumstances it is very painful. For instance, suppose you have downloaded some useful and rare apps and  your system crashes suddenly due to some reasons. Now if you format and reinstall fresh copy of operating system in your computer usually in C drive then all contents of C drive vanishes along with the  download folder. Isn’t it? In this situation you feel very sad and again you try to download those apps which is nothing but a wast of time.

How to Change Default Download Folder in Windows 7?

If you too are a victim of it then you’ll agree that in order to avoid such painful situation it is necessary to change the location of default download folder from  C drive to some other drive which remains unaffected during system crash. If you want to do so, follow these steps :

  1. Make a folder in any drive except C drive and copy the URL of that folder. For instance, I am here making a folder in E drive and naming it “Download” then URL of this folder is E:\Download in my Windows 7 operating system.
  2. Now navigate to your default download folder located at C:\user\Download, right click on that and select “Properties” from the contextual menu.
    Location of Default Download Folder in Windows 7

    Location of Default Download Folder in Windows 7

  3. In the Properties window, click on “Location” tab and  type / paste the URL of the newly created folder.
    Changing Location of Default Download Folder in Windows 7

    Changing Location of Default Download Folder in Windows 7


    When you click on “Apply” button a warning appears just ignore it and click Yes.

As soon as you click on Yes button the location of default download folder will be changed and whenever you click on Download folder you’ll be on the folder that you targeted. That will help you save some time.