By Lucas / Last Updated March 4, 2022

About Downloads folder

The Downloads folder is the default storage location that is used to store the files or programs you download from a website or platform. That's why when you download programs, those you download will be automatically saved on the C drive. Therefore the free space on your C drive will decrease little by little, which may cause slow performance of your PC and your games may often get stuck. And based on the announcement of Microsoft, Windows 11 needs 64GB of free space on the system drive, this annoys many users who have old devices.

Some users will change the default store path while downloading. But what about those programs that have already been installed? Unloading and reinstalling? You can choose this time-consuming way, however, we also have other convenient ways to transfer installed programs to another drive quickly.

How to move installed programs to another drive in Windows 10

Many users may have encountered a difficult position where the installed program was moved but it couldn’t run successfully. And some methods are complex for laymen.

Therefore, in this part, we’ll introduce 3 pragmatic methods to quickly transfer your installed programs from one drive to another one. Please read the following details carefully

Method 1. Move programs to another drive via Settings

You can use Setting to transfer your programs to Windows. Many users may try this one at first. Please follow the steps to move your programs.

Step 1. Press “Win” and “I” at the same time to open Settings.

App and Features

Step 2. Click “Apps”, you can see all installed programs in the “Apps & features” list.

Step 3. Choose the program you wish to move, click “Move”, select another drive to place that program, and click “Move” to confirm.

Move app

Warning: This method is not suitable for all programs; if the "Move" button under the selected programs is grayed out, you may need to try the third method directly.

Method 2. Move programs to another drive via Registry

This method is offered by a user from Microsoft Community, we sort out it for you. The registry includes information that’s used by programs and Windows itself, thus it assists the OS to manage your computer. You can move your installed programs by editing the registry.

Step 1. Create a new folder named "Program Files (86)" in the C drive or another drive.

Create program files folder

Step 2. Copy "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" directories to the new folder.

Copy program files folder

Step 3. Insert “CMD” in the search bar, right-click it, select “Run as administrator”.

CMD administartor

Step 4. Insert the following commands and press “Enter”.

Robocopy" C:\ Program Files" " X:\ Program Files" / mir
Robocopy" C:\ Program Files(x86)" " X:\ Program Files(x86)" / mir

Tip: X” is the drive letter of the created file.

Step 5. Press “Win + R”, then type “Regedit.exe”.

Step 6. Find the folder path and change the C to another drive.

For Windows 10: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Wow6432Node \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion

For Windows 7/8/8.1: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion

Regitry editor move programs

Warning: If you misapply the registry, your system may crash.

Method 3. Move programs to another drive with a handy tool

As the two methods we mentioned above, both have the risk of failure or even damage. How can we transfer installed programs to another hard drive or partition safely and easily? The answer is YES! AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is the best answer to meet your needs. This powerful and convenient software has various functions to solve many kinds of problems of hard drives and partitions. One of those efficient features is “App Mover”. With this function, you can move your installed programs without any fear of unfamiliar operations. Let’s see how to transfer installed programs to another drive via this application.

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Step 1. Install and launch Partition assistant, click “All Tools” in the left menu, then select the “App Mover” feature.

App mover

Step 2. In the new window, you will see all partitions, the number and size of installed programs on every partition will also be displayed. Select one partition that you want to move applications from and click "Next".

Select partition

Step 3. Choose applications you want to move and select the target location, then click "Move".

Tick app

Step 4. In the pop-up window, you need to confirm forcibly closing running applications when moving starts. Click "OK" to begin the process.


Warning: To ensure the apps run properly during the moving, please don't move or delete files by yourself in the source and target directory. Just leave all to the software.

If you also want to know how to move installed programs to another drive in Windows 7/8/11 or an external hard drive, now you know the answer.

In this article, all three approaches are available. However, the operation of this software is simple for you to safely and quickly move your installed programs, and all programs you see in the list are moveable, so you don’t need to worry about boot failure.