Windows 8 installs all the apps in “WindowsApps” folder because its path is stored in Registry. If you change the installation path in Registry, you’ll be able to install metro apps in your desired location.
So if you want to change default installation location of apps in Windows 8, follow these simple steps:
PS: Please read the NOTE given at the end before following the steps!
- Press “WIN+R” key combination to launch RUN dialog box then type regedit and press Enter. It’ll openRegistry Editor.
- Now go to following key:
- In right-side pane, you’ll see a String PackageRoot containing “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps” as its value.
- 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.
- 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 D:\WindowsApps or any other location.
- 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.
NOTE: There is a drawback using this method. While changing the default install location, there is one little issue. The apps installed before changing the default location will have their data in the original location and updating these apps will produce an error. In order to avoid the error, you can uninstall and re-install all current Windows Store apps to relocate them to the new default location.
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