How to Change Installation Location for App Store Apps in Windows 8

By default in Windows 8, the apps that you download from App Store are installed in the C:\ drive on your PC. If you’re an app junkie and keep on downloading the latest and greatest apps, you’ll eventually fill-up the entire drive and there’ll be no space for new apps. At such times, you may need to change the location of where the apps are installed. Windows 8 doesn’t provide any kind of options to change this, however, a third-party workaround will let you do that. Here’s how:

I. Before You Begin:

1. Close all the Modern Apps that are running on your PC.

II. Changing Installation Location for App Store Apps in Windows 8:

1. Open the Run Dialog box by pressing Windows Logo+R keys together.

2. Type in CMD and hit ENTER.

3. Now change the current working directory to system32 by issuing the following command:

cd C:\Windows\system32\

4. Next, type in following command into the CMD:

takeown /F “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps” /A /R

5. You now need to copy the current Windows Apps folder to the new location where the apps will be installed. The following command will copy the apps folder to F:\ drive on your PC.

robocopy “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps” “F:\WindowsApps” /E /COPYALL /DCOPY:DAT

6. Now delete the source apps folder by entering following command:

rmdir /S “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps”

7. You may now want to connect the new location, just issue the following command to do so:

mklink /D “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps” “F:\WindowsApps”

8. Once it’s done, reboot your PC.

9. You’re all done!

Brilliant! You’ve successfully changed the installation location for App Store apps. From now on, the apps will be installed to the new location you chose in the steps above instead of the default location.

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