Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of this new operating system by Microsoft.
This tutorial will show you how to change location where new apps will install from Store in Windows 10.
In previous versions of Windows you can only save and install apps and programs in one of the hard drive attached to the PC. In Windows 10, you can now install new Windows apps from Store to SD cards, USB drives or USB flash drives by default.
Windows will create an encrypted WindowsApps folder in the new external drive you have selected as default location and all apps will be installed in that folder. This folder cannot be accessed outside of your account.
How to Change Location Where New Apps Will Install:
- Open the Settings app, and click on the System option.
- From the options on the left hand side, click on Storage.
- On the right side panel under Save locations, select the drive you want New apps will save to.
Points to consider while using this feature:
- You can only use one location at a time to save apps to.
- You cannot save apps to network drives.
- Only new apps will be installed in the currently selected location. Existing apps do not get moved to the new location.
- If you disconnect the drive where the Windows apps is installed to, that app will no longer work until the drive is connected again.
- If you disconnect the drive which is selected as default install location, then any new app installed will be on the Windows drive until the drive is connected again.