Where are Windows 8 Metro Apps installed & how to access the folder

Metro apps can be accessed from and started by clicking on the Tiles on the Windows 8 Start Screen. But where are they installed or located? The ‘Metro’ Applications in Windows 8 are installed in the WindowsApps folder located in the C:\Program Files folder. It is a Hidden folder, so in order to see it, you will have to first open Folder Options and check the Show hidden files, folders and drives option.

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Now you will be able to see the WindowsApps folder in the C:\Program Files folder.

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How to access or open the WindowsApps folder

If you try to click on it to open it, you will not be allowed to, but you will instead see the following road-block.

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Clicking on Continue will open the following warning box, saying that you have been denied permission to access this folder.

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To gain access to the WindowsApps folder, click on the Security tab link. The following Properties box will open.

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To be able to view the contents of the folder you must have at least Read permissions. Click on the Advanced button to open the Advanced Security Settings for the protected folder.

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Clicking on Continue will open a box which will list down the permission entries for the folder. You will now have to give yourself permission, and you can do so by changing the Owner from TrustedInstaller to your name. Do note that, as an example, I have given myself complete blanket permissions, but you may give yourself limited permission as are required, by editing the permissions entries from its settings.

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You may click on the desired entry and click View to see the individual permission entries, and make changes there too. You will have to change the Principal / Owner first, however.

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To do so, click on Change in the earlier step and enter the object name and click on Check Names too, as this will check if you have entered the name correctly, and correct it, if you haven’t.

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I repeat, as an example, I have given myself complete blanket permissions, but you may give yourself limited permission as are required, by editing the permissions entries from its settings, as shown in the Permissions Entries box above.

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The permission will be changed and will see a dialog box.

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You will have to close the explorer window and re-open it.

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You will now be able to click open on the WindowsApps folder and see its contents.

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Any hacker or malware that gains access to this folder, could potentially modify the apps source code maliciously. So it might be a good idea to change the permissions back to their defaults, after you have completed your work.

If you wish to only see the list of all the apps along with their shortcuts, you can copy-paste the following in explorer address bar and hit Enter to open the following Applications folder:

explorer.exe shell:::{4234d49b-0245-4df3-B780-3893943456e1}

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Using this way you can change the permissions of any folder in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Go here to find out how to change the location of Windows Store Apps default installation folder.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • M. W. Virk

    if u use it as a admin then u don’t need permission.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Try it and let me know if you can! :)

  • BayuMurti

    can I copy-paste that WindowsApp folder to another PC running Windows 8? I’ve no time for downloading all my apps, slow internet connection too
    thanks very much :)

  • Kristy

    I’m getting an error.

    It says “An error occurred while applying security information to: (and it lists every app on my system one at time) Failed to enumerate objects in the container. Access is Denied.

  • Aakash

    Is there any way to download windows 8 apps without the store and directly from IE..???

  • Agosto Nuñez

    For some reason I have 2 of every Microsoft app.
    ¿how do I solve this? I can’t delete them, and I don’t want to uninstall them.

  • Agosto Nuñez

    Microsoft must make this, that’s the only reason I’d ever chose Google Play over the Windows (Phone) Store.

  • Nxt

    How Can I Take Back “TurstedInstaller” Owner Again??

  • superduperuser

    I think in the ‘enter the object name’ window above, you add
    NT ServiceTrustedInstaller
    then click on ‘check names’ and ok.

    The problem is that even with permissions now set to ‘trusted installer’ and chosen limited accessibility, the folder is still readable and deletable unlike it’s original state before. I’ve probably forgotten to do something.

  • JJ

    Please how do I go back to the default settings? How do I get to the WindowsApps Properties?

  • Henrik Ginnerup

    Or you can just run Explorer.exe as an administrator:
    Open the task manager
    Find “Windows Explorer”
    End task
    File(Upper left) Run New Task
    Open “explorer.exe” – Make sure to enable “Create this task with administrative priveleges.”
    Have Fun
    (This removes most restrictions of what you can acces; However, you won’t be able to run apps.)

  • Allyson

    Hey, I did the same as you, and I still have access. Did you figure out a way to limit access back to trusted installer ONLY? Thx.

  • rahul

    WHAT IT MEANT BY OBJECT NAME!
    HOW CAN I FIND IT!!! :o

  • Irfan

    Thank you Anand, this was very informative.

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    You are welcome Irfan! :)

  • Mark Smith

    Same happened to me

  • Mark Smith

    Doesn’t work for me.
    What object name? Is there a specific one?
    Maybe I didn’t understand well?
    Anyway, it didn’t work for me.

  • SteelCity1981

    this all changed in windows 8.1 there is no WindowsApps folder anymore in the Programs File. in order to find your apps now it’s in C: User Users Name AppData Local Microsoft Windows Application Shortcut

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