How to Move already installed Windows 8 Apps into Another Drive

One of the most common things which I did using my PC, in old days, was making more space in my C Drive. Those days we had always less space allocated for the OS. So when we need to install something which was of considerable size, choosing a different drive was the only option.

This reminds me of the popular Stream Move Program which can move Big games from main drive to any other drive you want without any issue. I hope this still works though I haven’t tested It recently.

Windows 8 is different and you get options to choose a directory here. Everything is predefined and you aren’t supposed to mess with it.  Even then few users at XDA have come with a trick which works most of the time if not all the time(looking at the responses in the comments).

This is done by moving the base directory of Windows 8 App installation to another folder but keeping the link alive. This way you don’t crash any of the existing Tiles.

Follow the steps as below:

  • First launch command prompt with admin privilege. (Type CMD, right click and choose Run As Administrator) Help
  • Type takeown /F “C:Program FilesWindowsApps” /A /R (Take Ownership of the Directory)
  • Copy All files:  robocopy “C:Program FilesWindowsApps” D:WindowsApps” /E /COPYALL /DCOPY:DAT
  • Delete Original Directory : rmdir /S “C:Program FilesWindowsApps”
  • Create the symlink: mklink /D “C:Program FilesWindowsApps” “D:WindowsApps”

Symlink means Symbolic Link which acts as call forwarder when somebody requests the original location which we moved to new destination. This way any request to launch app from Tiles, or even when installing the apps don’t fail.

After looking at the thread, it seems many users rant into permission issue and here is one fix from one of the user whoch fixed it on his surface.

C:windowssystem32>icacls “c:program fileswindowsapps” /grant Administrator:(D,WDAC)

Then re-run the the rmdir command. This should fix the native apps like weather, mail etc from crashing.

If you tried this, let us know how it worked for you.