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By default it appears Windows 8 installs app from the MS App Store to the C drive, is it possible and if so how to install them to a different drive?


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marked as duplicate by Karan, Paul, 8088, TFM, Dennis Mar 3 '13 at 8:26

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It is possible. Its just not supported and can cause all sorts of problems including a situation where the applications will just simply crash. How you would actually do this has been asked before. I just couldn't find the question after only 5 minutes of looking. – Ramhound Mar 1 '13 at 19:16
Since I knew this question has been asked before with an answer on ow to actually do this, I just wasn't able to find it, I went ahead and found this guide instead:…. I refuse to post it as an answer because I don't agree with hacks like this. – Ramhound Mar 1 '13 at 19:23
Thanks for looking and the link, I will look into it to see what is involved. – Wayne In Yak Mar 1 '13 at 20:36
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Try this:

How to Change Metro Apps Default Installation Location in Windows 8?

  1. Press "WIN+R" key combination to launch RUN dialog box then type regedit and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

  2. Now go to following key:


  3. In right-side pane, you'll see a String PackageRoot containing "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" as its value.

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  1. You just need to change its value to your desired drive or folder. But Windows will not allow you to modify its value because you don't have required permissions.

To change the value, you'll need to take ownership of "Appx" key.

  1. After taking ownership and assigning full control to your user account, double-click on PackageRoot and change its value to your custom location such as E:\WindowsApps or any other location.

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That's it. Close Registry Editor and restart your system and now whenever you'll install a new app from Store, it'll be installed in the new location instead of default installation location.

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Thanks, will try this weekend and report back if it works or not. Marking accepted till then – Wayne In Yak Mar 1 '13 at 22:19

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