How to Change the Download Location of Windows 10 Store Apps

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Unlike regular downloading from web browser or installing regular programs, when we download a certain app from Windows Store, it just downloads the app, without asking where you want to install it. So, if you want to install an Universal app from Windows Store, just read this article.

change default windows store download location

Long story short, you cannot change download location of Windows Store apps ‘normally,’ because there’s no option for that in Windows Store, nether in Windows 10 at all. So you guessed it, you’ll have to perform a good old registry tweak to change the download location of Windows Store apps. Here’s what you need to do to change the default download location of Windows Store Apps:

  1. Go to Search, type regedit, and open Registry Editor
  2. Navigate to the following path:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx
  3. Right-click on Appx folder and choose Permissions
  4. Check Full Control to take the full ownership of this registry folder
  5. Now, right click on PackageRoot and choose Modify change default download location
  6. Now just choose the new path for download location and enter it to Value data:

Users report that this workaround doesn’t work in Windows 8.1, but I tested it in Windows 10, and I didn’t have any problems. Only thing I noticed is that after changing the default location, downloading takes a lot more time, so if you want to change the default download location, you’ll have to wait longer to download apps. However, if this registry tweak don’t work for you, you can check this TechNet’s alternative solution, which requires some work in Microsoft PowerShell.

If you decided to follow these steps, and change the default location of Windows Store apps, tell us your experience, did everything work fine, or you weren’t able to change the location or download apps?

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Avatar Edgar Nicov

Hello! Thank you for this information (problem)! We will send it to our authors.

Cheers.

Avatar Shia

Change the ownership of the folder to Administrators and your microsoft account and it’ll work (Probably

Avatar Thomas

Yes I have the same problem and I did start regedit as administrator

Avatar Daniel

Did you start regedit as an admin and take full control of the registry path?

Avatar Ozzy

it’s not working it says access denied when I try to take ownership of the folder.

Avatar Christian Olsson

same

Avatar minership

same

Avatar Sean McNeal

Same

Avatar JokerTango

You must check your username when taking ownership to make sure you did it right