Change Where New Content is Saved in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to change where new content such as documents, music, videos and apps are saved by default on Windows 11.

The just released preview of Windows 11 comes many new features such as redesigned user desktop centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors and many more.

One legacy feature that is also available in the new Windows 11 is an option to choose where to save new content by default. By design, all Windows content is created and saved on the Local Disk C: (This PC) drive. This has been the default location since from the beginning of the modern Windows OS.

Now you can choose where to install or save new content created in Windows 11. This is useful especially if the Local Disk C: (This PC) is running low on storage space. You can also choose where new applications get installed.

With more PCs being sold with two hard drives, you can utilize this feature to make sure Windows is running properly and smoothly.

On PCs with two drives: one SSD and the other larger regular drive, use this feature to install Windows 11 on the SSD drive to speed up your computer, and configure the larger drive to be the default installation location for apps, music, music and other data.

Also, when you’re a student and new user and you want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with choosing where to save new content in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

Change Default Apps Installation Path in Windows 11

To change the default location where apps, documents, vides and music are installed and saved, use the steps below.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, select Storage on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 system storage

On the Storage settings pane, click on Advanced storage settings as highlighted in the image below.

advanced storage settings

On the Advanced storage setting pane, select Where new content is saved as highlighted below.

windows 11 where new content is saved

By default the Local Disk (C:) drive is selected for all documents, music, pictures, videos and maps. If your local disk is running out of storage space and you have another larger disk installed, you can switch the default disk for all new content.

windows 11 change where new content is saved

Choose a new disk drive as the default new path for new content. Remember to click Apply to make it the default location for new content.

windows 11 update new content save location

These are the things to remember about selecting where apps, document, music, pictures and videos are saved by default.

  • You can only select a single location at a time for each of the item.
  • You cannot not install apps or programs on network location
  • Only new apps will be installed after the change. Existing programs do not get moved to the new location.
  • You can install apps on an external or thumb drives. These portable drives must be attached to the computer always for your programs installed on them to function.
  • When the drives are removed, you programs will not function

That should do it!


This post showed you how to change new content path in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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  1. Where is the pinned items on the Start menu saved in Windows 11?
    Backup/restore of

    does not work

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