How to Change Location where New Apps will Install and Save to in Windows 10
InformationIn 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 change the location of where new Windows apps from the Store will install and save data to for your account in Windows 10.
NoteWindows 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.
If you disconnect the drive you selected to install Windows apps to, then any app installed to that drive will no longer work until the drive is connected again.
If you disconnect the drive you selected to install Windows apps to, then Windows will install new apps to This PC until the drive is connected again. Any apps installed to "This PC" during this time will remain on "This PC", and will not be moved to the other location.
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.
WarningYou will need to make sure that the new storage location has been formatted using NTFS before changing the save location to it.
1. Open the Settings app, and click/tap on the System icon.
2. Click/tap on Storage on the left side. On the right side under Save locations, select the drive you want New apps will save to. (see screenshot below)
NoteThe default location is This PC for the Windows C: drive in the %LocalAppData%\Packages folder.
If the storage locations are empty, then check to make sure that the Storage Service service is enabled and set to Start (running) and manual.
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3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.
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The other Save locations (Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos) make it easier to move the User files to a new location.
When I tried it, a new folder with my Profile name (Slartybart) was created on the partition I selected and a corresponding folder (Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos) was placed under that folder. I think the contents were automatically moved, but need to confirm that (it was a while ago and my memory is getting worse )
This beats selecting the folder property page, selecting the location tab, typing in the new location and answering the "Do you want to move the contents" question.
The default save location in Libraries is updated to the new location as well.
It would be nice if you could specify a fully qualified location instead of only being offed a partition, but that's a techie talkin'
Say I wanted G:\Users\Slartybart... instead of G:\Slartybart...