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Move An Installed App To A Different Drive In Windows 10

The Windows Store, by default installs apps to your C drive on Windows 10. If you have a small drive, or you would like to keep as much space free in your C drive as possible, you might not want apps installed there. If the app in question is a Metro app installed from the Windows Store, you can easily move it to a different drive without having to go through the whole uninstall and reinstall process with a built-in Windows feature. Here’s how.

Open the Settings app. As of Build 10130, the settings can be accessed from the much improved Start Menu. Go to Settings>System and click the App & features tab. Wait for the list of installed apps to populate. Once the list has loaded, click on a Metro app and you will see two buttons; Move and Uninstall.

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Click the Move button and a pop-up window will appear telling you which drive the app is currently installed in. From the drop-down on the pop-up, select the drive you want to move the app to. It works just as well for a drive partition as it does for an external hard drive. Once you’ve selected the drive, click Move and the app will be relocated.

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Relocation might take time and if you moved an app that deals with files, it may forget which files you recently opened, or the last folder/directory you accessed. Other than that, there are no other side-effects of moving apps from one drive to another. The feature makes a very strong case to install apps from the Windows store since it gives you the option to move them around easily.

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