How to move installed Windows 10 apps to another drive


Move apps in Windows 10

If you have been using Windows for a long time, then you probably would have confronted the challenge where you had to uninstall software from your system in order to gain some storage space. Some of you probably would have tried to move apps to another location as well. Sadly, moving apps around has never been that simple. Well, the good news is now Windows 10 natively supports app migration, gives you the power to migrate apps downloaded from Microsoft Windows app store to another location in a couple of steps without having to work through the entire uninstall and reinstall steps. However, sadly, at this time, you can only able to move apps downloaded from Windows app store. Having said that, at least, you would able to move apps without the help of any third party apps – it’s better than nothing, don’t you think?

If you use plenty of Modern apps, they can take up a considerable amount of storage space. This may not be a problem if your storage drive has a lot of space available, but if your primary storage partition running out of space, you may want to consider moving those bulky installed apps to another partition or to the external storage devices you prefer. By default, apps downloaded from the Windows app store are automatically installed on C Drive. With this feature, you can also modify default install location for new Windows 10 apps, so that new apps you install will be installed directly to the new location you choose.

Steps to move apps installed from Windows Apps store

First of all, go to settings and click on System settings button. On the System settings Window, click on ‘Apps & features‘ option, which retrieves the list of installed applications on the system, includes both apps in Windows store and the ones you have installed from other sources.

Windows 10 System Settings

Remember that this may take a moment depending on your system’s performance and the number of apps installed on your system. It’s not possible to move apps that come installed on Windows 10, but you can move around the ones you have installed from the Windows app store.

Once the apps details have listed, try to locate the apps you are interested in – you may use given filters to find the ones you are looking for. When you find the app, simply click on it, and you’ll see two buttons – Move and Uninstall.

Windows 10 Apps & Features

Now click on the Move button and choose the destination drive. Depending on the app size, it will take some time to finish the process. If the Move button doesn’t turn up, it means that particular app can’t be moved to another location.

When you move programs to another drive, the operating system creates two additional directories in that drive, called WpSystem and WindowsApps, contains settings, cache and other vital data that is created by the apps. So it’s better not to mess with it.

Drawbacks of moving apps back and forth

Well, there isn’t much to complain about. Moving application to another drive might take time depending on size and performance of your system. And there is a chance some apps may forget data like files you have accessed recently, most used files, etc.


Of course, it’s good to have this feature in Windows 10 and it’s definitely a welcome addition though it would have been better if it is natively supported the migration of every installed windows application you have on the system, which includes windows store apps and other third-party desktop applications.

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