The installation path has changed with Live 8.3. Why did it change? Can I change it back to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Ableton"?

  • Live Versions: 8.3 - 9
  • Operating System: WIN

As of Live 8.3, the default installation path on Windows computers has changed. This is necessary due to access rights Live needs in order for the automatic update function to work properly.

By default, Live is now installed under

Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Ableton\

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10


The ProgramData and Application Data folders are usually hidden, but can be made visible via Windows' folder options.

The installation path can be changed during the installation process, but depending on the specific permission settings, automatic updates might not be supported. We recommend to use the default path.