Windows 10: Windows 10 Apps not starting anymore after moving Programs folders

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  1.    3 Weeks Ago #11

    Well, I put a 1 TB SSD as my system drive now. Think this will last a while. :P

    Problem is that many programs put files on C drive, even if you install them on a different drive. Like MS Visual Studio, Adobe programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, ...). Also many programs put stuff in C:\ProgramData and in AppData of course. So over time they will clutter up your free space. It worked like this for several years, but the space on the system drive was shrinking more and more.
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       3 Weeks Ago #12

    OldGrantonian said: View Post
    I have a 128GB SSD. The actual space available for files seems to be about 105GB.

    The hard disk originally had about 900GB of actual file space. This drive was E: (I didn't choose that letter)

    Here's what I did:

    - Using standard windows tools, move the "Data" folder to the E drive.
    - Using the free Macrium, shrink E by 100GB
    - Then create a new partition called "D" (I didn't choose that letter) in the free space to the right.
    - The D partition was 100GB, and named "ProgramsOverflow"
    - Uninstall progs on C that were the least used. Reinstall those programs on D. (AFAIK, you can install progs on any drive you want as an install option.)

    Any future progs will be installed on D.

    If I need to install a new useful prog, I'll install that on C. But first I might need to move some progs to D, as above.

    The total time for all the above was mainly the uninstall/reinstall time. The actual moving of the Data folder, and repartitioning was less than 15 minutes.

    And after all that, I used Macrium again to image the non-data drives. (I use simple copy for the Data drive")

    BTW: If you think I've given incorrect drive letters, let me know. It's confusing that the drives were C and E at the start, so a new drive became D. If I ever do all this again, I'll try to name the Data drive as D.
    Just a FYI....you can change that drive letter to any other that is available. Depending on how your created the partition, you can assign the drive letter right up from when you create it, that is the best way. If you change it later, best to do it soon after creation to avoid any possible small chance the letter/path gets written in stone in some app or process.

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  3.    3 Weeks Ago #13

    mw108 said: View Post
    Well, I put a 1 TB SSD as my system drive now. Think this will last a while.

    But, as @dalchina said, it's a good idea to keep your data off your system drive.
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  4.    3 Weeks Ago #14

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    ...you can change that drive letter to any other that is available. Depending on how your created the partition, you can assign the drive letter right up from when you create it, that is the best way. If you change it later, best to do it soon after creation to avoid any possible small chance the letter/path gets written in stone in some app or process.

    That sounds good. When I do these techie jobs, I use as little as I can of my own "initiative"

    Thanks.
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       3 Weeks Ago #15

    mw108 said: View Post
    What owner does your "C:\Program Files\WindowsApp" folder have? For me it is "SYSTEM."
    You've fixed the damage now, I see. But for future reference, the owner should be TrustedInstaller.
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