Alter the position for Default Installation of Windows 8 Store Apps

If you are a Windows 8 user then you might have already noticed that all the Metro Windows 8 Apps get installed in a default location. Many users out there may be wondering whether the default location can be changed or not as there may be a situation where you may run out of disk space on your system. Here is the tutorial how you can change the default install location of Windows 8 Store apps.

Default Installation of Windows 8 Store Apps

If there isn’t much space on your system drive, then you need to change the default install location of Windows 8 store Apps. You can now easily move the default location of the user profile folders or the default Program Files folder to another drive, to achieve this follow the tutorial below.

Change location of Windows Store Apps default installation folder

The process of changing the default installs folder for Windows 8 Store Apps deals with Windows Registry. So, it is important to set a restore point or back up in the system.

To open Windows registry, press Windows key+R to bring up the Run dialog box. Next, type regedit and hit Enter.

Now, navigate to the following location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx

Now, right-click on Appx and select Permissions from the right click context menu

appx permissions windows registry

You will get the Permissions for Appx box. To operate this you need to have full control and ownership of the registry key.

Once you have taken ownership of the registry key, edit the PackageRoot registry key. Right-clicking on it > select Modify.  In the space allocated for the value data, enter the new path of the folder where the Windows Apps is to be installed.

edit pakageroot appx reg

But by changing the default location of the Windows 8 installed Apps will disable the auto update of the apps, since these apps still have their data in the original location. You can avoid any kind of updating errors by uninstalling the apps before changing the installation location i.e. first uninstall the apps, change the installation location and then reinstall the Windows Store apps.

So, here is how you can change the default location for installing Windows 8 store Apps.


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