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How to Move Apps to another Drive in Windows 10


In Windows 10, users can move their installed Windows apps from the Store to another drive.

The default location is This PC on the Windows C: drive in the %ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps (apps) and %LocalAppData%\Packages (user app data) folders.

Users can select to move apps to any internal or external drive, including SD cards, USB drives, and USB flash drives. You cannot use mapped network drives.

This tutorial will show you how to move a Microsoft Store app to another drive for your account in Windows 10.

If you disconnect the drive you selected to move Windows apps to, then any app moved to that drive will no longer work until the drive is connected again.

When an installed Windows Store app is moved to the selected drive location, Windows 10 will create a WindowsApps and WpSystem folder in the root of the drive like below. 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.

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Here's How:

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

2. Click/tap on Apps & features on the left side, click/tap on a Store app (ex: Drawboard PDF) you want to move to another drive, and click/tap on Move. (see screenshot below)

Not all apps can be moved.

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3. Select a drive (ex: "E") to move this app to, and click/tap on Move. (see screenshot below)

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4. If this drive has apps from another device on it, then you will be prompted Yes or No to continue since the other apps must first be deleted to be able to move this app to this drive. (see screenshot below)

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5. This app will now be moved to the drive. (see screenshot below)

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6. When finished moving any other apps, you can close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn