How to Change default location to Install Windows 8 Apps?

Many users out there must be fond of installing and using software on PC or Tabs. When you download and try installing it, you are asked for the location of installation. All earlier versions of Windows OS allow their user to select the location to install it on the system disk. Same goes with Windows 8 when the installations are furnished from the Internet, but doesn’t hold back the same feature when the Apps are downloaded from the new Windows 8 store. Windows 8 OS doesn’t allow you to change the install location of Windows 8 metro Apps. Here is the tutorial how you can achieve this.Change default location to Install Windows 8 Apps
Windows 8 accompanies many new features, Windows 8 App store is such added feature. But, when you download any metro Apps from the store, it gets installed in a location that is set by the OS and you are not allowed to change the install location. If the default location of installation is allotted limited space to your Windows 8 installation drive, if a situation comes where the space allotted is low, then you are limited to install any software.

Microsoft does not provide any direct option to change or move the default location for installation of metro apps from Windows store, but the tweak discussed here will allow you to do so.

The tweak here is simple and achieved by directory symbolic links (symlinks) to lay the files on one drive but can be accessed through other.

If you are quite good in dealing with commands then you can perform this tweak easily, as any wrong command may not allow the Apps to function properly.

To change or move the installation location for new metro apps to new one, you need to execute few commands.

To start the process, open the command prompt with admin privilege in Windows 8. Let’s assume that the current location of installing apps is C:\ drive and you want to change the location, say, to drive D:\.

Before executing the commands make sure none of your Apps are active or working in background.

Firstly, you need to gain ownership of WindowsApps directory in program files, the location where metro apps are installed. Type the command takeown /F “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps” /A /R in the command prompt opened in the previous step

Now you have to copy this folder into the new drive that is to the location where you want the Apps to be moved.
The command to copy is robocopy “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps” “D:\WindowsApps” /E /COPYALL /DCOPY:DAT
If any error occurs, repeat the same command. Upon completion of the process, you can delete the original WindowsApps folder using the command rmdir /S “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

Finally you need to create the symlink between the folders, so that Windows 8 OS can access the apps from newly created location mklink /D “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps” “D:\WindowsApps”

After successful completion of the process, you can try running the metro apps and you can see that it is been executed from the new location.

Following the tutorial here you can now easily change the install Location of Windows 8 Metro Apps.


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