By Michael / Last Updated March 15, 2022

Can I move Microsoft Office to another drive?

I purchased Office 2016 online several days ago and installed it on my computer. However, it wasn’t installed on my large spinning D drive where the previous Office 2007 had been. I don’t think the installation process asked where I wanted the programs to be installed, but I may have missed it. Can I move Microsoft Office to another drive? Appreciate for any help!

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Why move Microsoft Office to another drive?

Large files can take up numerous storage space on the C drive which leads to the C drive full issue and slows down your PC. Microsoft Office is 1 example. Its default install folder is in the C drive and many people want to move the program to another drive like D, E, and F to free up space.

Generally, it’s not easy to transfer Office to another hard drive or drive because you can’t simply copy the program to another location which causes boot files loss and prevents you from smoothly launching the program. Windows provides App & Features to move some programs which are installed by default to other drives.

However, Microsoft Office is not installed this way, and in this case, there is no move button. So, in this tutorial, I’ll use the most explicit words to explain 2 different ways to move Microsoft Office to another drive.

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How to move Microsoft Office to another drive manually?

As I mentioned above, to transfer Office to another drive, you can’t just copy it and paste it to another location. The first way to get it done is to use Registry Editor. By using it, you can change the install directory to install Office on another drive with ease.

1. Hit “Windows +R” to bring up the Run box and type “regedit” in it. Hit “ENTER”.

2. In the editor window, follow the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion.

3. Find ProgramFilesDir, and then, change value data to the new location.

How to move Office to another drive with a better alternative?

Registry Editor is a good tool to transfer Microsoft Office between 2 drives for it’s totally free and secure. However, it’s a little bit complex especially for those novices who are not proficient enough in computer. So, this time, I’ll introduce another easier software to help with the program transfer.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is powerful disk management software. By using it, within only a few clicks, you can move programs and Apps including Microsoft Office 2019, 2020, 365, OneDrive, and games from your current location to another drive (from an internal drive to an external drive, from the c drive to the d drive) without any data loss. You can tick multiple programs or Apps and transfer them simultaneously. Moreover, apart from this program moving feature, this software also allows for disk clone, partition clone, and OS migration.

How to move Microsoft Office from one drive to another? Try this impressive disk manager to make it effortless.

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Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional on your computer. After that, disks and partitions’ info will be displayed on your screen.

Step 2. Follow “All Tools” > “App Mover”.

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Step 3. In the App Mover window, select the C drive where Microsoft Office is and hit “Next”.

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Step 4. Tick Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and select another drive as the destination drive. Hit “Move”.

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Step 5. Hit “OK” to confirm the prompt and then, the program transfer will start.

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Step 6. After it’s one, click on “Finish”.

Now, navigate to the location where moved Microsoft Office is and check whether it runs smoothly. If it can’t be launched successfully, you can use the restore feature to send it back to its original location.

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Conclusion

For beginners, it’s not an easy job to transfer Microsoft Office from one drive to another. Usually, people try directly copying the program to another location. However, the result is not always satisfying for boot file missing. So, how to move Microsoft Office to another drive securely?

Luckily, in the post above, you can find the answers. 2 different ways are given to help make the transfer. The first way is for professional users in which changes should be made to Registry Editor; The second way, using AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, is much easier and more secure, which only takes several steps, with a restore button included.

If you want to use this software on a Server machine, you might as well try the Server edition.