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    Move Apps to another Drive in Windows 10

    Move Apps to another Drive in Windows 10

    How to Move Apps to another Drive in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Apps & Features
    02 Sep 2022
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Move Apps to another Drive in Windows 10


    In Windows 10, users can move their installed Windows apps from the Microsoft 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.

    Move Apps to another Drive in Windows 10-windowsapps_wpsystem.jpg


    For a Windows 11 version of this tutorial, see:

    Move App to another Drive in Windows 11




    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.

    Move Apps to another Drive in Windows 10-move_apps_to_another_drive-1.jpg

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

    Move Apps to another Drive in Windows 10-move_apps_to_another_drive-2.jpg

    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)

    Move Apps to another Drive in Windows 10-move_apps_to_another_drive-3.jpg

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

    Move Apps to another Drive in Windows 10-move_apps_to_another_drive-4.jpg

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


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink






  1. Posts : 42,449
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #1

    Hi, prompted by a post I read where a user said he'd moved 'programs' to another drive so as to avoid problems when reinstalling Windows, and setting aside other possible meanings of 'programs', what significance does this have when clean installing Windows? I imagine the apps would have to be downloaded again anyway... so I struggle to see what the poster had in mind other than truly portable programs.

    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 68,198
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    dalchina said:
    Hi, prompted by a post I read where a user said he'd moved 'programs' to another drive so as to avoid problems when reinstalling Windows, and setting aside other possible meanings of 'programs', what significance does this have when clean installing Windows? I imagine the apps would have to be downloaded again anyway... so I struggle to see what the poster had in mind other than truly portable programs.

    Thanks.
    I haven't tested, but I would imagine that reinstalling Windows 10 would break any links to the moved apps.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 42,449
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #3

    Hi, is this reversible by any means? Put another way, how would a user get everything back on C: ?
    Thanks!
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 68,198
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    dalchina said:
    Hi, is this reversible by any means? Put another way, how would a user get everything back on C: ?
    Thanks!
    Hey mate,

    Normally, you should be able to just select to move them to C: to do so.
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 364
    Windows 10
       #5

    Hi Shawn,

    Do all apps and games support installation/moving to a different drive? I have a customer that says the dropdown for selecting other drive doesn't appear aka forces to C drive.
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  6. Posts : 68,198
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Sumit Dhiman said:
    Hi Shawn,

    Do all apps and games support installation/moving to a different drive? I have a customer that says the dropdown for selecting other drive doesn't appear aka forces to C drive.
    Hello Sumit,

    Not all apps and games support being moved to another location. Unfortunately, you don't know which one until you try to move it and either "Move" is grayed out or missing or no other option other than the C drive is available.
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 364
    Windows 10
       #7

    Brink said:
    Hello Sumit,

    Not all apps and games support being moved to another location. Unfortunately, you don't know which one until you try to move it and either "Move" is grayed out or missing or no other option other than the C drive is available.
    Thank you. OP would likely want the refund of the app/game

    Best wishes for the new year and quick thanks again for questions I ask on your articles occasionally
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  8. Posts : 68,198
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Sumit Dhiman said:
    Thank you. OP would likely want the refund of the app/game

    Best wishes for the new year and quick thanks again for questions I ask on your articles occasionally
    You're most welcome. It's always a pleasure.

    I hope you have a great new year as well.

    The OP might also check to see if the app/game itself may have an option to select where to install it if not a Microsoft Store app/game.
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