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How to Enable or Disable Changing New Apps Save Location in Windows 10

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In Windows 10, users can select where new Windows apps from the Store will install and save data to by default instead of on the default Windows "This PC (C)" drive location.

You can select to install new Windows apps to any internal or external drive, including SD cards, USB drives, and USB flash drives. You cannot use mapped network drives, and you can only use one location at a time to save apps to. The drives will not need to be formatted to be able to use them to install and store Windows apps.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable users from being able to change the storage location where new apps from the Store will install and save data to in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable or disable changing apps save location.

Note   Note
What happens when changing new Windows apps save location is enabled:
  • This is the default setting.
  • The default apps save location for new apps of users will automatically be changed back to the previous save location before being disabled.
  • Users will be able to change the new apps save location for their account.
  • Apps installed and saved to any other available locations can now be opened again.

What happens when changing new Windows apps save location is disabled:
  • Users will no longer be able to change the new apps save location for their account.
  • The default apps save location for new apps will automatically be changed back to the default "This PC (C)" system drive location.
  • Any apps installed and saved to any location other than "This PC (C)" will be offline and cannot be opened.

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CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Enable or Disable Changing New Windows Apps Save Location using Group Policy
  • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Changing New Windows Apps Save Location using a REG file



EXAMPLE: Change New Apps Save Location Enabled and Disabled
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Apps Save Location - Enable or Disable Changing in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Apps Save Location - Enable or Disable Changing in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Changing New Windows Apps Save Location using Group Policy

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Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two below.


1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\App Package Deployment

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3. In the right pane of App Package Deployment in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Disable installing Windows apps on non-system volumes policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Changing New Windows Apps Save Location

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Changing New Windows Apps Save Location

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor.

8. Restart the computer to apply.






Apps Save Location - Enable or Disable Changing in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Apps Save Location - Enable or Disable Changing in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Changing New Windows Apps Save Location using a REG file

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The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Appx

RestrictAppToSystemVolume DWORD

0 or delete = Enable
1 = Disable


1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Changing New Windows Apps Save Location

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Change_App_Save_Location.reg

download


 3. To Disable Changing New Windows Apps Save Location

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Change_App_Save_Location.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, OK (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Restart the computer to apply.

8. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



That's it,
Shawn