Windows 10: Moving Apps To Another Storage Device Solved

  1.    18 Apr 2016 #1

    Moving Apps To Another Storage Device

    So Windows 10 has a feature to move apps from one drive to another. I have set my storage setting for everything to be stored on a HDD since my primary OS drive is SDD. Even though I've followed the proper steps, none of my installed apps are being stored on the HDD. I cant even move them. Some apps dont have the option in the setting or some of them have the 'Move' button grayed out.

    Has anyone else experienced this?

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  2.    18 Apr 2016 #2

    Hi, do you mean this? (Or at least this procedure)
    Apps Save Location - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    If so, note:
    Windows 10 will only install new apps to the currently selected location. Existing apps do not get moved to the new location. If you wanted your existing apps installed to the new location as well, then you could uninstall the apps you want, and install them again to have them installed to the new location. You can lose the existing data for the app by doing this though.


    When a new Windows app from the Store is installed to the selected location, Windows 10 will create a WindowsApps folder at that location. The files and folders for apps in the WindowsApps folder will be encrypted with EFS, so no one but your account is able to access the data.

    Have you seen this new folder at the new location?
    Windows 10 will create a WindowsApps folder at that location.
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  3.    18 Apr 2016 #3

    I'm not installing any apps from the store.

    I have changed my install location setting in Settings>Storage to my HDD, but even then the apps are installing on my SSD.
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  4.    18 Apr 2016 #4

    SpaceCowboy said: View Post
    I'm not installing any apps from the store.

    I have changed my install location setting in Settings>Storage to my HDD, but even then the apps are installing on my SSD.
    So we're not talking about universal apps. Is that correct?
    And you have done sthg different to that procedure for store apps. Is that correct?
    Could you please specify which install location you have changed?
    I'm not sure now about which of two possibilities you mean..

    So I can understand what it is you're doing, can you give me an example of an app that is not installing on your HDD please? - and where did you get it from? Thanks.
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  5.    18 Apr 2016 #5

    I've installed apps like Google Chrome, Citrix Receiver, HP Printer Software, etc.

    Changed storage settings as shown below:

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    C:\ is my SSD which I prefer to have primarily as my OS drive. X:\ I'm using for Apps ans Data storage.

    When I changed the apps installation location as shown above, it did create a WindowsApps folder on my X:\ as expected.

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  6.    18 Apr 2016 #6

    Thanks - I rather guessed that might be so.

    The instructions in that tutorial - creating WindowsApps - are for the universal apps available via the store.

    Desktop programs - like Firefox, Chrome, Ccleaner - are not affected by that- they use an entirely different model.
    When you install them, most of them offer you a choice of where you want to install them. I choose to install mine on D: - so when I install them, if it's a player, I choose D:\Multimedia\Players .... if it's an Office related program, D:\Office ..... etc

    But both my C: and D: are on my SSD. It's a personal choice- and it's partly one I inherited from my previous installations.

    However, unless your SSD is very small, (we haven't got your system specs - see mine below), for backup (imaging) purposes etc it's not a good idea to split programs and OS between disks.

    And of course, if programs launched at startup are on an HDD, this will slow the time to get to a usable desktop.

    Hope that helps.. and note the caveats about moving apps.

    ** I would say moving apps to a different disk is definitely not what you want to do - think what happens if a disk fails, or you want to upgrade it...

    Certainly moving your personal data away from the OS disk or partition is highly recommended.
    What some people here do - and certainly I do - is to ignore the MS standard folders (which I find get filled up with folders created by programs - so 'Documents' to me is 'Their Documents' (!) ) and use my own folders on my own partitions.

    Of course you can add folders to the libraries- or even create your own libraries. And there is the question of user specific folders to be considered if a PC has more than one user.
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  7.    18 Apr 2016 #7

    Thanks for the information.
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