How to Find Where a Program is Installed on your Windows 11 PC

Program Folder

Find the installation directory of any app or game on your Windows 11 PC.

When we install a program on our computer, it gets stored somewhere inside the storage device. Most of the time when you install something, you do get the option to choose where you want to save it. You can select different folders and even different drives to store your program files.

If you have a lot of programs installed on your computer and you want to locate the installation folder or a certain application, you can easily do that even if you do not remember where you initially installed that application. This guide will show you quick and easy ways to locate the folder where a program is installed on your Windows 11 computer.

Use Program Icon to Locate Where a Program is Installed

You can navigate to a program’s installation folder just by right-clicking on the program’s icon. Right-click on the desktop icon and then select ‘Open file location’.

After you click on ‘Open file location’ you will be taken to the installation folder of that program.

Find Installation Folder of a Program from Start Menu

The Start Menu in Windows 11 gives you the option to directly go to the folder where a program is installed. To do that, first, type the name of the program in the Start Menu search.

Once you highlight the program from the search results, you will see multiple options appear on the right side of the Start Menu. From there, click on the ‘Open file location’ from the list of actions. Now you will be taken to the folder where the program is installed.


Locate Installation Folder of a Program using Task Manager

You can also use the Task Manager to locate the installation folder of any program. First, open up the Task Manager application by searching for it in the Start Menu search and selecting it from the search results.

After the Task Manager window opens, switch to the ‘Details’ tab. You will be presented with a list of currently running applications and various background processes.

Now, right-click on a running application from the list and then select ‘Open file location’ and you will be taken to the program’s installation directory.


Find the Folder Where a Program is Installed Using the File Explorer

The Windows File Explorer, the native app for navigating files can be used to find a folder where any program is installed. Although, you have to keep in mind that going through numerous folders and files to find an installation folder can be tedious and time-consuming.

You are not completely out of luck if you are using this method. If you do not make any changes while installing a program, it will go to the default installation directory of Windows 11, which can either be:

C:\Program Files

or,

C:\Program Files (x86)

First, open up File Explorer by pressing Windows+e on your keyboard or by searching for it in Windows search and selecting it from search results.

On the File Explorer window, first, click on ‘This PC’ from the left panel and then click on ‘Local Disk (C:)’ from the right panel.

After that, you will see both ‘C:\Program Files’ and the ‘C:\Program Files (x86)’.

Open any of those two directories by double-clicking on it and you will see the installation folder of all the programs that you have installed on your computer.