Apps Move App to another Drive in Windows 11


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In Windows 11, you can move an installed app from the Microsoft Store to another drive. This can be handy if you do not have much free space on the Windows drive, or just prefer to move apps to a different drive location.

The default location for installed apps from the Microsoft Store is on the Windows "Local Disk (C)" drive in the %ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps (apps) and %LocalAppData%\Packages (user app data) folders.

You can select to move an app to any internal or external NTFS drive, including SD cards and USB drives.

This tutorial will show you how to move an installed app from the Microsoft Store to another drive for your account in Windows 11.


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

When an installed app from the Microsoft Store is moved to another drive location, Windows 11 will create a WindowsApps and WpSystem folder for the app's package in the root of the drive like below.

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Here's How:

1 Open Settings (Win+I). (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Apps on the left side, and click/tap on Apps & features or Installed apps on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on the 3 dots button for the app (ex: "Scan") you want to move, and click/tap on Move. (see screenshot below)

Not all apps will support being moved to another drive.


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4 Select an available drive in the drop menu you want to move the app to, and click/tap on Move. (see screenshot below)

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5 If prompted to Delete other apps?, click/tap on Yes or No for what you want to do. (see screenshot below)

If you click/tap on No, this drive will not be moved.


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6 The app will now get moved to the selected drive. (see screenshot below)

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7 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Some applications can be extracted (7-zip) and used as "portable" applications.
 

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This folder has a hidden attribute and cannot be seen.

Yeah, you would have to change the owner to administrators, and change permissions to allow administrators full access to be able to open that folder.
 

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