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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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}

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 read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • 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

    HOW CAN I FIND IT!!! 😮

  • 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

  • The Truth

    You know who’s going to access this folder: its going to be users trying to access youtube and instead typing youutube.com and allowing Conduit or any other PURELY malware company to hijack their browsers

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/tairikuokami Michal Ostriho?

    Thanks for the tip, I have deleted the whole folder, good riddance. :)

  • http://iandrohacker.blogspot.com/ iAndroHackerDK

    Do you know how to get permission to edit/modify the file?

  • fyrye

    You have to delete yourself from having Full Control from the Security options. Leave Administrators intact.

  • Vaidas Vaide

    how to reset trusted installer as an owner?

  • Vinay

    On “Properties” go to “Security” tab, there select “Administrator”. After that click “Edit” then check the Deny box and hit Apply. Voila! Now access is denied…..

  • Shadow

    I uninstalled all of my apps, gained permission to the install folder, changed the root directory in regedit, and reinsalled them on my hard drive. This is because I have an SSD and there is very little space. Unfortunately it didn’t work, it gave me an error which after some research I assumed was because of path errors but I’m not entirely certain because I didn’t completely understand the error. I uninstalled again and changed the directory for the apps back to the original, installed them again. I wasn’t given in an error upon installation but when I try to open an app it immediately crashes. I backed up the metro app folder and copied back the old folder but to no avail. It still doesn’t work. Can anyone help me?

  • dave

    use mklink to make windows thing it’s in the ssd drive

  • Shadow

    Will this fix it, because even though I restored all the registry settings, none of my apps worked.

  • Saad Kamal

    can you tell me where i can find the db file for viber application?

  • Kelly

    I changed the owner to myself, but now when I am trying to change it back to TrustedInstaller, I keep getting an error message saying “The Following object is not from a domain listed in the Select Location dialog box, and is therefore not valid: NTServiceTrustedInstaller. Any suggestions?

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  • Manoj Yadwad

    Thank U Anandji. It worked. But how to copy the app to other computers and place their link in ‘all apps’

  • Laszlo Lebrun

    I would love to be able to use the excellent News app from Windows8.1 instead of the much worse News app from Windows10. Has anyone an idea how to do the trick?

  • A.S.

    Help!! At the end, you say “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.” Yes, I want, how do I do that? :(

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

    Reverse the change you made. Or else see: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/effective-permissions-tool-windows

  • http://www.pjtnt11.com Patrick Stephen

    How do you reset the permissions to default?

  • jerryoravec

    Man please I downgraded from win. 10 back to 8.1 and most of my apps stopped functioning. I uninstalled them and when tried to download em back app store says thei are already installed. I’m trying to delete the complete files of these apps because some of them can not be uninstaled. the question is: What is object name? what should I type in?

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

    okaay I’m finally in, now I need to delete the app Dungeon Hunter5 cause it says the app is broken an I can not uninstal it and can not download it or repair it but I can delete the content as well. What shall I do?

  • jerryoravec

    Thank you, but I want to completely uninstal downloaded app which is broken cause I want to have it downloaded back

  • Joe

    Just type in the name of your pc
    for example: if your pc was called Bob-PC
    you type in the box: Bob-PCBob

  • light767

    How can I restore the original permission access after doing this?

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