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Where are the VST2 plug-ins stored on Windows?

PC Windows In Windows there are usually two different locations and folders that can contain VST2 plug-ins with the extension ".dll".

VST2 plug-ins installed by the application 
The factory plug-ins usually reside in the folder:

  • "C:\Program Files\Steinberg\[Application]\VstPlugins"

The path might vary due to a customized user installation. In this folder you can find all plug-ins which are installed with the application. Do not make any changes to this folder, this can be problematic for future updates.

The shared (or public) VST2 plug-ins folder
All other plug-ins won't be installed in the internal folder but rather in a shared folder all other VST compatible application can also access and use.

  • "C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VstPlugins"

This path can also vary due to customized installations and configurations but it is recommended to leave it as it is. Most 3rd party applications predefine the correct path on installation. Cubase and Nuendo can access their own plug-in folder but they can also utilize these shared folders if this has been configured correctly in the menu "Devices", sub-category "Plug-in information".

In Cubase 5 the path usually is:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2

For 64 bit operating systems
For 64 bit operating systems there is an exception.
It is highly advisable to separate 32-bit and 64-bit installations.
32-bit applications will be installed into the folder "C:\Program Files (x86)\" whilst 64-bit applications will be installed into the folder "C:\Program Files\".

Please install 32-bit plug-ins to the directory:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steinberg\VSTPlugins

Please install 64 bit plug-ins to the directory:
C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins

This is also appropriate for plug-ins that are installed into the "Common Files" folder:

32-bit plugins:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2

64-bit plugins:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Steinberg\VST2

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