In all version of Windows when you install any app you will see a installation location, mostly in C drive, where your application will be installed. You can change the installation location of software according to you.

But if you are using Windows 8 which comes with pre-installed Metro Apps and you can buy or download apps from Store too but the thing is that you will not get option to select the location where it will be installed.

If you are running out of space on your default directory then what to do? Well here is a trick which allows you change the installation location of your Windows 8 Metro Apps.

Disclaimer :- These commands must be used by advance users, mistake can stop working of Apps, So use this trick at your own risk.


First launch Command Prompt as Admin for this press Windows key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin), now we need to take ownership of Apps directory for this type following command :-

takeown /F “C:Program FilesWindowsApps” /A /R

Please note that we are assuming that you had installed Windows in C drive and going to change it to E drive, now we need to copy those folders to new location :-

robocopy “C:Program FilesWindowsApps” “E:WindowsApps” /E /COPYALL /DCOPY:DAT

Now remove original folder :-

rmdir /S “C:Program FilesWindowsApps”

Now at last we are going to create symbolic links between folders so that Windows 8 can easily access and use new location.

mklink /D “C:Program FilesWindowsApps” “E:WindowsApps”

That’s it, We are done with this trick


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