Windows 10 makes it easier than ever to control where your downloaded apps and software is installed. There is now no reason to worry about moving all of your apps to another internal drive, or even to a removable USB flash drive, in the event that you need to create space on your main hard drive. With just a few clicks of your mouse, you can move apps around to whichever storage area suits you best.
Change Where Apps are Installed
Not every user realises that apps can be installed in the hard drive of your choice, not just the one pre-selected by the WIndows 10 OS. Knowing this is useful for general Windows 10 maintenance.
By default, apps you install will be saved to the main partition of the hard drive (usually the C drive). You can, however, choose to save them to any other connected drive, both internal drives and even removable external hard drives (including USB flash drives)
In the newer versions of Windows 10, this is a reasonably easy things to do. Open the main Settings and click on “System”. Here you will see a whole list of useful sections, but the one you need to open is the Storage section. This will show a visual representation of your storage drives as a whole
Click on “Change where new content is saved” and a new list will open. Here you can see exactly where apps, documents, music, photos, videos and more are saved by default (unless this has been changed previously). Each of the listed items will have a drop-down menu below it
Click the drop-down menu below “Apps”, and choose the new drive or partition you want apps to be saved to. This only changes where apps (from the Store) installed after this moment are installed. Previously installed apps will still be saved on to the drive that was set when they were added.
Move Your Installed Apps
If you have a lot of apps installed, moving them to a different drive can be one of the easiest ways to free up space on your main storage volume. Be aware that not all apps can be moved.
You can move already installed apps, if you like. There’s no limit to the number of different drives you can store apps on. This allows you to make the most of the storage space you have available. To do this, head to Settings > Apps > Apps & features. Click an app and click the “Move” button.
You will then be shown where the app is currently installed, and will be asked to choose another drive for the app to be saved on to. Drives are listed in a drop-down menu, with their drive letter shown to make picking the right one easier. Click “Move” again when you are happy with your choice.
You may see a Modify button instead of the Move button. This means the app is a traditional desktop app, and you can’t move it. If you see a Move button, but it is greyed out, this is a Microsoft system app, and also cannot be moved. You can only move apps installed from the Windows Store.
If you move or install apps to an external drive, the apps will cease to work if the drive is unplugged. This is why you cannot move Microsoft system apps to a different drive. Apps that you need to be always available should be left in the main system hard drive partition.
Removing Apps and Software
There are two different ways to remove apps and other software from your Windows 10 computer, but both options may not be available in every instance, so it is useful to understand each.
Remove in Settings
In Window 10, the easiest way to remove apps or other software is in Settings. Open settings and select ”Apps”. Select the program, and then select Uninstall. Follow the instructions on the screen. Be aware that some apps built into Windows can’t be uninstalled
Remove in Control Panel
On the Start menu, enter Control Panel in the search box and select Control Panel from the results. Select Programs > Programs and Features, and then select the program. To fix the program, select ”Repair” or, if that’s not available, ”Change”. To remove the program, select “Uninstall”.