Windows 10: Where are Windows Store apps downloaded to?

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  1. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
       31 Mar 2016 #1

    Where are Windows Store apps downloaded to?


    Something very odd is happening. I tried to install a number of Windows Store apps ---- none of them would download, so I thought I would try again later, it might be a temporary glitch. Then by pure chance I discovered a lot of files from these apps on an external USB drive, drive E, on which I only keep the ISO file from the re-install. They are all together in a folder called Windows apps. None of them will launch from there.

    I know of no reason why they would be in E. I expect Store apps to be somewhere in drive C. Where should they be, and how did they manage to get downloaded to E?
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  2. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       31 Mar 2016 #2

    Hello clayto,

    Store apps are installed to the hidden protected "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" folder by default.
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  3. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
    Thread Starter
       31 Mar 2016 #3

    Thanks, I will have a look in there. How on earth did the downloads from the Store getin to not only another folder but another drive? I did nothing to change the default download location.
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  4. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
    Thread Starter
       31 Mar 2016 #4

    PS. I should have said, I am fairly familiar with that folder and should have remembered, as it was very much involved in my efforts to restore the apps which had been trashed by the November update bug.
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  5. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       31 Mar 2016 #5

    You could use the tutorial below to make sure that new apps will be installed where you like.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6...dows-10-a.html
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  6. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
    Thread Starter
       04 Apr 2016 #6

    I have read the tutorial, Thanks.

    When trying to move an app(s) from C to D (my main apps / programs drive) I get this unexpected response: "This drive has apps from another device. To use this drive, the other apps must be deleted. Do you wish to continue?" No is certainly the answer. What is the 'other device' referred to and why cannot apps be moved from C to D? I do not understand this at all.
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  7. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       04 Apr 2016 #7

    It's saying that it can't change storage locations to install new apps on D since you already have apps installed on D without deleting the already installed apps on D first.
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  8. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
    Thread Starter
       04 Apr 2016 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    It's saying that it can't change storage locations to install new apps on D since you already have apps installed on D without deleting the already installed apps on D first.
    Of course but why, since there are several GB of space free on D? So what is stopping it? It is after all a significant limitation apart from being unexplained.
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  9. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       04 Apr 2016 #9

    It appears to be a limitation that won't let you change to that location again if apps were already installed on it unless you delete them first.
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  10. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
    Thread Starter
       04 Apr 2016 #10

    OK, thanks.
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