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  1.    26 Nov 2015 #1
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    How to gain access to the WindowsApps folder?


    I already googled it and every tutorial is the same. When I go to do it, it doesn't work. I don't have a Microsoft account. I specified a local account user name. This is what I'm selecting as owner. The computer is not transferring access to the user im selecting.

    I want to gain access to this folder, because this folder is on my friggin data drive!?!? I have a 1Tb drive partitioned into 3. The OS is installed on one partition, I install all my programs on the second partition, and I save all my crap on the 3rd partition. Well, I found the windows apps folder on my data partition and I want it out of here. I want it to go back to where ever it came from. I think when I was messing around with all the windows settings, under storage I specified that everything is saved to my data drive, even apps. I dont use apps. I dont want this folder on my data drive.

    How do I move it back to where it came from? How to gain access and move it.

    Thanks.
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  2.    26 Nov 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro

    To gain write access you need to do two things:
    1. Change ownership (it should be "TrustedInstaller") to an admin account
    2. Grant that account write access


    I'm not sure if it works with every admin account or if you need the "real" admin account which is hidden. It can be revealed by entering the following command in elevated cmd: net user Administrator /active:yes (or active:no do hide it again).
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  3.    26 Nov 2015 #3
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    I done the same thing last week. It's rather persistent and I couldn't change permissions to delete it either.

    If the above post doesn't work, you can always move all your data off the partition to somewhere safe like a USB drive, format the partition to get rid of the Apps folder, then put your data back onto the partition.

    Obviously, go to Settings > System > Storage > and change 'New Apps Will Be Saved To' back to C: drive first.
    Last edited by ARC1020; 26 Nov 2015 at 17:14.
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  4.    26 Nov 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARC1020 View Post
    I done the same thing last week. It's rather persistent and I couldn't change permissions to delete it either.

    If the above post doesn't work, you can always move all your data off the partition to somewhere safe like a USB drive, format the partition to get rid of the Apps folder, then put your data back onto the partition.

    Obviously, go to Settings > System > Storage > and change 'New Apps Will Be Saved To' back to C: drive first.
    I already changed the Apps dir back to C: and it's didnt do anything. So I will do what you said and just format that partition because thats easier than taking control of the apps folder. Thanks.
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  5.    26 Nov 2015 #5
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10

    It is going to most likely just come back. I got control enough of that folder to open the first level and see whats was inside to delete some stuff because I am having app problems with a select few ones but a lot of windows components are run from there, ones that are installed through updates and not the store. Such as the new skype from couple updates ago and music and video players that come with windows.
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  6.    26 Nov 2015 #6
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    Windows 10 Home

    I made a live Linux USB and keep it around for just such occasions. It's much easier than taking control of some folders.
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  7.    27 Nov 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by wjbodin3 View Post
    It is going to most likely just come back. I got control enough of that folder to open the first level and see whats was inside to delete some stuff because I am having app problems with a select few ones but a lot of windows components are run from there, ones that are installed through updates and not the store. Such as the new skype from couple updates ago and music and video players that come with windows.
    Well i formatted the drive and its gone. Hasnt come back yet. So from what your saying is that if i gain control of this folder, i can delete skype, xbox, and all the other BS apps that come with W10?
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  8.    27 Nov 2015 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrustMe View Post
    I made a live Linux USB and keep it around for just such occasions. It's much easier than taking control of some folders.
    Ugh, I dont know anything about that.
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  9.    27 Nov 2015 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by CVRIV View Post
    Well i formatted the drive and its gone. Hasnt come back yet. So from what your saying is that if i gain control of this folder, i can delete skype, xbox, and all the other BS apps that come with W10?
    It is better (cleaner) to uninstall them than just delete from the folder. The powershell Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage removes the packages for that app from WindowsApps directory.

    See here for some ways to do it Solved Remove-AppxPackage does not appear to be working in Windows 10 1511 - Windows 10 Forums
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  10.    27 Nov 2015 #10
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    Oh ok. I thought there might be an uninstaller in the folder. Ill do that. Thanks.
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