How to Install, Run Windows 10 Modern Apps on External Drive

How to Install, Run Windows 10 Modern Apps on External Drive

Windows 8/8.1 lacked control over Modern apps. You couldn’t move them between partitions. But in Windows 10, you can install and run them from an external drive. This saves storage space if you’re low on it. Here’s how you can do it.

Install and Run Windows 10 Modern Apps from External Drive

Here in this guide, I’ve used a Flash drive as my external drive. You can use a portable HDD or even a DVD if you want. Start by going into settings. Press Windows Key + I to quickly open Windows 10 settings. In the settings menu, click on System settings. Next, in System settings select Storage. You can also directly search for Storage in the search option available in the top-right corner. Microsoft has done a great job in organizing the settings. Next, in storage settings scroll down to Save Locations. Here you’ll get the option to set where you want to save/install the modern apps. Along with it, you also can change the save location for your pictures and videos too.

How to Install, Run Windows 10 Modern Apps on External Drive

Under “New Apps will save to:” select your external drive. Make sure to connect your external drive before reaching this step. Here, you can choose your external drive as the installation location for Modern Apps.

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How to Install, Run Windows 10 Modern Apps on External Drive

Select the external drive detected. Click the “Apply” button to save the settings. From now on, all apps will be installed on that specific external drive. Remember that the external drive must be connected to run the installed apps. Opening the app without the external drive will result in an error. When you insert your external drive, the app will open. Next, we’ll discuss moving already installed apps to an external drive.

Move Already Installed Apps to External Drive

Go to Settings > System > Apps and Features. Here, manage your installed apps and uninstall them. Along with the Uninstall button, you also have the Move button. Select an app to see options.

How to Install, Run Windows 10 Modern Apps on External Drive

Note: You can only move third-party Windows 10 Modern apps. No inbuilt Microsoft apps or Universal apps can be modified.

Click on move and select your external drive.

How to Install, Run Windows 10 Modern Apps on External Drive

After selecting your drive, the app will start moving. You should find the following folders in your external drive.

Note: Do not change the folder location or create a root folder for these folders. Also, you’ll need the necessary permissions to access some folders.

Manage Apps

How to Install, Run Windows 10 Modern Apps on External Drive

You can manage installed apps on your external drive by accessing the “Apps and Features” settings. From there, you can select the external drive to view and remove installed apps. If you’re running out of storage space, consider removing Temporary Files from your Hard drive to create more space.

Conclusion

If you’re short on PC space, installing apps on an external drive is the best solution. If you liked this guide, check out our other in-depth Windows 10 guides. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.

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