You need to move installed Windows applications from one drive to another, especially when you are running out of space. While Windows offers this feature, it is not available for all the applications. Windows has left it on developers to turn it on, keeping in mind the performance. However, if you have SSD or are confident about the performance, then the software— Application Mover —can help you move applications.
Relocate installed programs using Application Mover
Moving applications is not as easy as copy-paste. A lot needs to change, especially in the registry, shortcuts, and start menu entries. If you are looking for a free program to get this done, then Application Mover is worth trying. It has been designed to move programs from one path to a different path on the same hard disk or to another hard disk on that same.
First, make sure to run the mover program with admin permission, and allow when prompted with UAC window. When it is open, you will have the following options.
- Select an existing program folder location
- Select the final destination where you wish to shift the program
- It would be best to make a couple of choices, including updating the current registry path, updating shortcuts, and installing log files.
You can choose to append to log file, log changes made to file, and so on. It also scans all windows shortcuts in the Start Menu and adjusts path references to the new location. You would be asked to confirm all the changes if you selected the Confirm Changes option. A list of items will be displayed where the old location and new location will be displayed. It includes EXE, DLL, and any other file. If there is any registry change, it will be displayed too.
While it is best to make sure the application is closed when you move it, the pending changes are done after the reboot.
Once moved, you should see the application in the recently installed program. Launch it, and check if everything works as expected.
Do remember to create a system restore point first.