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change the Windows 8.1 apps installation folder.

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Dear all,

Any way to change the Windows 8.1 apps installation path?
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did you try that before? we need to reinstall all apps or error message keep coming !
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Are you saying you runined a productive system using my hint? No, I did not try it, but I suppose anyone should be smart enough to use a test system, first, sorry.
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no, I simple don't try it at all as it is going to change the registry! very dangerous !

some kind of link like that can be wrong!

Windows 8 is really fail in tihs way ! they assume we only use one hard disk ! notebook is ok but PC is . ..... !

Do you have office 2013 at home and will it only install on C:\ ?  I have all my big applicatoin store in D:\
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Modifying the registry is a standard task for an administrator. You need to know what you are doing, as always in life. That is the way to go.
Office 2013 is no modern app but a classic app. It will offer a custom setup, I am sure.
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"Modifying the registry is a standard task for an administrator. You need to know what you are doing, as always in life. That is the way to go."

I don't think so. Here no one will do this except there are no choice.

modify the register just like some kind of hacker making something change to your PC as once your rebooted, anything wrong will just kill you PC.

What we can say is just backup first nad make some change and keep checking after the  change.

if this is a offical application, let the application do it for you as they tested many many time already !

"Office 2013 is no modern app but a classic app. It will offer a custom setup, I am sure. "

Then I might like to buy one later .
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> modify the register just like some kind of hacker making something change to your PC
Not at all. There are thousands of Microsoft support recommendations that include registry modifications. Often there simply is no other way foreseen.
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"Often there simply is no other way foreseen."

this is the only explaination that make us can ONLY do this.
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I read that but it seems that even I reinstall the apps, the UPDATE all can't apply!

I changed back the folder and the updates of apps still doesn't works, any suggest?

how to change the registry owner back to Trustinstaller?
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After two month you continue - that makes participants like me re-read all the text.
I don't know. You would need to describe exactly what steps you did and what exactly happened. So far it is not clear.

About the owner: download and use subinacl:
subinacl.exe /keyreg HKEY_CURRENT_USER\test /setowner=S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464

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will result in "test : trustedinstaller is the new owner"
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before I do the change, the owner of the registry is trustinstaller. and the link show me to change the owner of the registry:

1)http://www.askvg.com/guide-how-to-take-ownership-permission-of-a-registry-key-in-windows/
2)http://www.askvg.com/how-to-change-metro-apps-default-installation-location-in-windows-8/

after done that it doesn't work as described and I change back the folder, and all existing apps working fine now, new apps installation is working fine but NOT the apps update.

so I suspect I need to change back the owner of the registry to trustinstaller as the last steps to rollback.

that's what I am asking.
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this command: subinacl.exe  

is a command-line tool that enables administrators to obtain security information about files, registry keys, and services, and transfer this information from user to user, from local or global group to group, and from domain to domain

"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\test "

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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx

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"/setowner=S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464

this is the trustinstaller?

so the command is :

subinacl.exe /keyreg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx  /setowner=S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464

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this one :

http://www.microsoft.com/en-hk/download/details.aspx?id=23510

for windows 8? I don't see one for windows 8.
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Yes, works on win8 and your command is correct.
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so I think windows 8.1 can do it without any problem?

basically did you try the command before?

the link you show me seems only for the new build PC without any apps.
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"The command"? What, the subinacl one? Yes, I did successfully.
The link I showed you (my first comment) changes the directory, so that every newly installed app will go there. Not for moving existing ones.
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"The link I showed you (my first comment) changes the directory, so that every newly installed app will go there. Not for moving existing ones. "

but this one for a brand new PC don't have any apps installed, but once you follow that, it will make some existing apps not runnable.

take a look on the other link I send you, we have to do one more step to change the reference poitn.

yes, the subinacl.exe.

Thansk anyway.
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I read that link - it is for moving existing apps, so it seems you should do both, moving existing ones and Setting the path for the future app installations to the new one - do you agree? (man, this gets exhausting... ;)
"we have to do one more step to change the reference poitn." - what? I don't understand what you mean, please rephrase that.
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I read that link - it is for moving existing apps, so it seems you should do both, moving existing ones and Setting the path for the future app installations to the new one - do you agree? (man, this gets exhausting... ;)

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yeah,, that's what I understand too !

"we have to do one more step to change the reference poitn." - what? I don't understand what you mean, please rephrase that. 

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that link shows a command to make one more step to change the apps's new path refernece, you read that, right?
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I means this:

mklink /D “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps” “D:\WindowsApps”

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Yeah. mklink will tell the OS that C:\Program Files\WindowsApps is now d:\windowsapps. What about it, does it still not work?
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understand, close close and close, right?

thansk.
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Close if it works as expected. Otherwise let's talk about what still doesn't work :)
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it is closed already !
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