How to Install & Move Windows 10 Apps to an External Storage or Different Partition

If you are an old-time Windows user, I am sure you must have faced the situation where you had to uninstall apps from your Windows Installation drive because you were running out of space. There was no easy way to move the installation from one partition to another, one storage to another storage drive or even moving it to USB / external drives. In this guide, we will learn Install & Move Windows 10 Apps to External Storage/Partition.

Find which drive has storage space

  • Type Storage in the Start Menu. It will pop up Storage (System Settings) right on the top.  Y
  • You can also see Manage Storage Spaces and Default Save locations.
  • Once you click and it opens, you will get to see list of drives with used and free space details.

System Settings Storage Windows 10 PC

How to Install & Move Windows 10 Apps to a different partition

  • Navigate to Settings > Apps and Feature.
  • Wait for the application list to get ready.
  • Here you get a search box to find app quickly, sort by name and drive selection.
  • Now select an app you want to move, and you get two options, Move & Uninstall.
  • Select Move and then choose drive, and your app with data will be moved to the new drive.

How to Move Apps in Windows 10

Install Future Apps to External Drive / Different Partitions

Change default app installation drive

  • Navigate to Settings > System > Storage
  • Scroll to the end to find the link —Change where new content is saved. Click on it.
  • Here you can choose to change the future app installtion partition.
  • Under the label, New Apps will save to, change it to some other drive which has storage.

Here you can also choose to change default document, music, photos, movies, and maps.


When trying out all these features, I noticed a few things which are bugs. When moving apps to an external drive or USB drives, an error throws up. It would say moving apps failed. However, when you close and re-open the storage app, you get to see the app to be installed in that drive.

Also, I noticed that when an app is moved back and forth, it creates two folders in that drive “WindowsApps” and “WpSystem.” Make sure not to fiddle with them. So as of now, I would suggest staying away from moving apps to external drives. Rest of the things work.

Ashish Mohta
A die-hard fan of Windows, PC Gaming, and Xbox. He is a seasoned content writer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He is a specialist in writing about Windows, software reviews, troubleshooting Windows, and automation.


  1. New apps will save to option is greyed out in my device (Toshiba Encore 8). I have a 64gb micro sd card plugged in

  2. Same its Greyed out for me as well and I have terabytes of storage everywhere. I don’t know if they disabled this feature. But this is bloody pissing me off, because this MAC LIKE way of thinking on windows is a nuisance and I’m getting sick of it. I use windows for a reason, but I’m starting to thinking I’m gonna get my A$$ back to windows 8.1. So far in windows 10, this seems to be moving in the direction of removing the control from the user and this will not be tolerated. I’m annoyed…

  3. N7Paladin – same with me. ‘C’ drive is almost full and Gigabytes of space on my other drive but Windows 10 won’t allow me to install there….mad


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.