Change Default Install Location of Windows 8 Store Apps

We had, some time back, identified the location of the folder, where the Windows 8 Metro Apps get installed. The next question which logically comes to one’s mind is whether there is any way a user can change the default install location of Windows Store apps.  Fortunately, there is a way to do this too. You might want to change the location, if you find yourself running out of disk space on your system drive. Sure, you can consider moving the default location of the user profile folders or the default Program Files folder to another drive – but if you want, you can also change the default installation folder for Windows Store apps.

Change location of Windows Store Apps default installation folder

To change the location of Windows 8 Store Apps default installation folder, you will have to tweak the Windows Registry. To do so, press Win+R to bring up the Run dialog box. Type ‘regedit’ and hit Enter. A posting on TechNet tells you that the settings are present in the following key, so navigate to it:


Next right-click Appx and choose ‘Permissions’ from the context menu.


The Permissions for Appx box will open. You will now have to take full control and ownership of the registry key. You can see here how to take full control of Windows Registry keys or you could simply use RegOwnIt.

Once you have taken ownership, you can edit the PackageRoot registry key by right-clicking on it and selecting Modify. Enter the new path of the folder where you want the Windows Apps to be installed. It could be say, D:\WindowsApps.


Do note that you will not be able to update the apps installed prior to changing the default location, since these apps will still have their data in the original location. To avoid possible updating errors, it is recommended that you uninstall the apps, change the installation location and then reinstall the Windows Store apps.

You can also try to change Windows Store apps default installation location in Windows 8 using a PowerShell script. More on that at TechNet.

UPDATE: Looks like Microsoft does not want us to change the install locations 🙂 and has hence changed the settings. It appears that this does not work on Windows 8.1, but you may try using the PowerShell script mentioned above and see if it helps.

Go here to find out how you can change default Program Files installation directory location in Windows 8.

Windows 10 make things easy. You can easily move Windows 10 Apps to another Drive and change its Install location.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. 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.


  1. Rajendra Dixit

    Great article! One quick question – Is there a way for me to share same windows store application on same PC with multiple users by installing it just once? Let’s assume that it’s a free application. This saves me disk space and avoids un necessary duplication

  2. No.

    You are forgetting the Registry keys which the app may be installing. 🙂

  3. Rajendra Dixit

    Thanks Anand for quick response. In previous versions of windows while installing (conventional) applications, there was choice whether to install it for the logged in user or for all users. Is there something similar possible on Windows 8 while installing apps from Windows store?

  4. I don’t think there is such an option.

  5. Sonali

    Hi Anand,
    I also want to install the application once which can be used via different logins.
    I was thinking to change the install location so that the same App content (xml file) is accessible for App administrator to edit and App user to view.
    Is this a feasible solution?
    Can I automate registry changing task through Powershell in my metro App Powershell (.ps1) file?

  6. ECannady

    This worked for 8.0, so thank you! Now when I try it for 8.1 it doesn’t work. Is there another workaround?

  7. Hmm… thanks for pointing this out …. I will have a look and revert if I find something. 🙂

  8. Dominique

    Please email me when you find something. – I have been working on this thing for 3 days and can’t figure it out. I’m going back to windows 8 since I only have 120gb SSD for my windows and another hard drive for my apps / programs but in 8.1 I cant change the app directory =(

  9. jason

    Hi – did you find out how to do this in 8.1? It looks like the registry tree structure is different in 8.1. I can find Apps…

  10. jason

    … I meant that I can’t find Appx in 8.1…

  11. achint

    hi Mr Anand , I hv tried all the available methods to change the default location in windows 8.1 but still coming with the error on downloading. is there any other ways for 8.1

  12. Mike

    Is there a way to do this with Windows 8.1?

  13. macbrew

    Yes I have the same problem.
    Specifically have a separate partition for programs.
    Quickly finding with Windows 8.1 that they limit your control of everything as much as possible. Fine if you’re running a tablet, but if you’re on a PC and want some flexibility for whatever reason, the option just doesn’t seem to be there!

  14. Richard Lindberg

    The registry values did not change between 8 and 8.1. The location of the folder is here: C:Program FilesWindowsApps. It isn’t called Appx anymore. I was able to change the location and installed an app and it went to the new location. Hope this helps.

  15. Sudesh Wickramasinghe

    can we save windows store downloaded setup files??
    ex: windows 8.1 update setup file, etc.

  16. No, but you can update them offline. Will write a post today later about it.

  17. viresh

    hey..can v download d apps fr windows store in our pc..den transfer dem to ova lumia phone and play dem??

  18. Devansh Diwanji

    Does it still work after getting windows updates ? doesn’t work for me.

  19. I do not know. I hardly use windows anymore. I’m migrating to Linux now.

  20. chiffmonkey

    This is some serious Linux level farting around just to change a damn download location on a supposedly “user friendly” device! I’ve got 3 different micro sd cards I dump apps to and this is ridiculous if I have to do this every time I want to switch which one I’m installing to!
    Far easier would be if someone just knows where you can find the apps outside the store. Specifically in this case Project Spark.

  21. Jiri

    Hi, I have tested use of Windows PowerShell script (on Windows 8.1) from Microsoft, here is link:

    Use these script, before use this script is very important set permission for WindowsApps folder and register tree HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAppx for Administrators security groups.

    After I have applied these script, new installed application are located in new folder C:Windows8Apps

  22. Wali

    I am trying to download and install an app that i downloaded from my browser but i still keep on receiving a message that “this app cannot be installed in your pc”. Please what do i do??

  23. Wali

    Thank you but am talking of installing an application that i downloaded through the browser and not from the store

  24. Luke Cypert

    Brilliant! I’ve been looking for this since day 1!

  25. prathiba

    how to share same windows store application on same pc with multiple users?

  26. Drek

    You can change your default Windows “app” folders in Windows 10 by following these instructions, and you don’t need to uninstall/reinstall all your apps. What I did was changed the locations for both the “PackageRoot” and “PackageRepository” folders, then took ownership of those folders and moved their contents to the new locations. Some folders will not transfer however because they are open in the repository service, so you will have to log in in safe mode to finish the job of transferring those files.

    Once you do that and restart your computer however everything should work as it did before. At least I have had no issues so far. But I will add this caveat. If you aren’t comfortable fooling with the registry and with advanced permissions in Windows, you probably shouldn’t consider attempting this.

  27. Drek

    There you go, I always have to do things the hard way… 🙂

  28. Drek

    It should also be noted that that only allows you to change the location of each app, one at a time. The registry edit allows you to change the default location for all apps. However, I am experiencing some issues that may or may not be related to moving the default app location. I’ll post back if I figure it out.

  29. Raistlin

    sooooo…. I am running Windows 10 and my also has both “Move” and “New apps will be saved to” is both greyed out.
    Any fix to this or how do I get it to work?

  30. Tore Bordal

    Didn’t work for me. I changed the PackageRoot data to D:WindowsApps. Now when I try to install an app on Store, it just says “Try again, error 0x80070005”

  31. can you help me
    i did a system restore due to store closing automatically
    after restore the store was ffixed but when i press windows key and open start the icons of calender mail alarms and clock 1 note etc are gone
    can anyone help

  32. Mina Adel

    I’ve done all the steps , but I keep getting an error saying “Cannot edit PackageRoot:Error writing the value’s new contents” . any help?

  33. Marco Morgado

    Hi, does it work Fine on 8.1 ?It works on another path as D: ?

  34. g.l. dashora

    I cant can’t run windows default apps and apps installed earlier pl guide

  35. Silithas

    Access denied by microsoft security.

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