Windows 10 is probably the best version of Windows operating system to date. Not just because it’s the latest version of Windows, but because the number of features and improvements it ships with.
For the first time, Microsoft has designed and developed a version of Windows operating system based on user feedback. Many of the features that should have been present in previous Windows versions are finally available in Windows 10.
For instance, in previous Windows versions, it was impossible to choose the default installation drive of apps without the help of third-party tools and workarounds.
In Windows 10, there is an in-built provision to change the default install location of apps downloaded from the official Store. Additionally, if you’re running out of free space on the system drive, Windows 10 allows you move installed apps to another drive from the default drive to gain some disk space.
Why move installed apps to a different drive
The feature to move installed apps to another drive might not be useful for users who have hundreds of GBs of free space on their system drive. And the good thing is you neither need to re-install the app or nor open Command Prompt as administrator to accomplish the job.
The feature comes in handy when the drive where you have installed running out of free space. By moving installed apps to a different drive you can quickly free up GBs of space on your system drive.
The only downside of this feature is that it doesn’t let you move traditional desktop programs like TeamViewer or Microsoft Office. To move these desktop programs, you will need to go for third-party software.
Move apps to another drive in Windows 10
To move installed apps to a different drive, follow the given below directions.
Step 1: Open Settings app by either clicking Settings icon on the Start menu or using Windows + I keyboard shortcut.
Step 2: In the Settings app, click System (Display, notifications, apps, power).
Step 3: On the left-pane of Settings app, click Apps & features to view all installed apps and their installation size.
Step 4: Click on the app entry that you would like to move to a different drive to see Move and Uninstall options. Click Move button and then select a drive of your choice to move the app.
As mentioned before, when you click on a traditional desktop program or an app that came preinstalled with Windows 10, Windows 10 offers only Uninstall option and you can’t move desktop applications using this method. To move desktop programs, please follow our how to move programs from one drive to another guide. Good luck!