Running out of space on Windows 10? Learn how to move Windows apps and desktop programs without breaking anything.
If you have a lot of apps and programs installed on Windows 10, you may want to move them to another drive to free up space. You may also need to change your default installation location. Fortunately, all of these things are possible.
Windows has a built-in utility that lets you move modern apps to a location of your choice. Although this method does not work for traditional desktop programs, it is still possible to move these programs to another drive.
We'll show you how to move an app or program to another drive.
How to move apps and programs to another drive in Windows 10
The process you need to do depends on what you want to move to another drive – whether it's a native Windows 10 app or a third-party program.
First, we'll outline the process for Microsoft Store apps, then we'll look at traditional desktop programs.
Here's how to move Windows 10 apps to another drive
This method only works for apps that you installed from the Microsoft Store.
Press Windows key + I. Open settings.
click Apps. You should be on that Apps & functions Page. Here is a list of all the apps and programs installed on your system.
Scroll to the app you want to move and click on it.
Select the new drive from the drop-down list.
click Move again.
You can repeat this process if you want to move the app back or to a different drive.
If the Move The button is grayed out. This means that it is a Windows 10 app that cannot be moved. When you see one To change Instead, the button is a traditional desktop program and you need to follow the method outlined below.
How to move desktop programs to another drive
Microsoft does not recommend moving the file location of the installed programs as it can cause problems such as: B. if the program does not run or data is lost. A safer, if less efficient, method is to uninstall the program and then reinstall it on the desired drive.
If you want to continue, create a Windows 10 restore point to roll back your changes if something goes wrong.
We recommend using a program called the Steam Mover. This was originally designed to move Steam games between drives but actually works with any program.
Regardless of where the installed program is or where you want to move it, every drive you want to use with this program must be in NTFS format. How to check this:
Press Windows key + E. to open this PC.
- Right click a drive and click properties.
See the File system to see if it's NTFS.
With that confirmed, you can now use Steam Mover to move your programs from one drive to another:
Open Steam Mover.
Next to Steam's Apps Common Folder, press the Three-period button to select the folder path on the drive that contains the programs you want to move (e.g. your program files on the C drive).
Next to Alternative folder, press the Three-period button to select the drive and folder path you want to move the program to.
Select the program you want to move from the list. You can select multiple programs by pressing and holding Ctrl as you click.
When you're ready, click right arrow to start below. The command prompt opens and processes the move.
When you're done, you'll see the new folder path next to the program in the Junction Pillar.
How to change the default installation path of apps and programs in Windows 10
If you just want to change the default installation location on Windows 10, it's easy to do. If you're on Windows 8 or earlier, you'll need a third-party program.
How to change the default installation path on Windows 10
Press the Windows Key + I. Open settings.
click system and then select warehouse from the left menu.
Under the Further memory settings Heading, click Change where new content is saved.
Use the option to change the default drive for new apps New apps are saved in Drop-down list.
You will find that this page also allows you to change the default location of documents, music, and pictures.
How to change the default installation path on Windows 8 and earlier
Microsoft does not recommend changing the default installation path for programs. This can cause problems with existing programs and some Windows functions. It is best to perform this process on a clean system. If that doesn't work, create a restore point so that you can roll back if necessary.
Most programs allow you to change the installation path during installation. It may be a minor inconvenience to do this every time, but it doesn't require a system change.
If you want to continue, use a program called Install Dir Changer. Download it from SourceForge and run the program:
click Activate editing and then click Yes when the User Account Control window appears.
You can specify a different path for 64-bit applications and 32-bit applications. Click to set the default installation path for each path Three-period button to navigate to a folder path.
When you've chosen your new path, click Apply changes. Now any new programs you install will revert to these folder locations by default.
Free up some space on your drive
Now that you know how to move your apps and programs, and change their default installation location, you can free up space on your drives. However, remember to take every precaution when using third-party programs.
If you want to save even more space, you should delete old Windows files and folders. In addition to moving your programs to another drive, you've moved your programs to a perfectly organized drive.
Delete these Windows files and folders to free up space
Do you need to clear space on your Windows computer? Here are the Windows files and folders that can be safely deleted to free up space.
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