How to Move Apps in Windows Server 2022 without Boot Issues

Don’t know how to move apps in Windows Server 2022? This tutorial will show you how to move installed programs to another drive in Windows Server 2022 with powerful third-party software.


By Dervish / Updated on May 12, 2023

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What you should know about Windows Server 2022

Microsoft officially released the latest server Operating System Windows Server 2022 on November 5, 2021, including Standard Edition, Data Center Edition and Data Center Azure Edition. Unlike previous Windows Servers, Windows Server 2022 brings new innovations on advanced multi-layered security, unique hybrid capabilities with Azure, and flexible application platform. This is an important milestone for the Windows Server community and the wider ecosystem.

Why move apps to Windows Server 2022?

In general, people want to move installed programs to another drive in Windows Server 2022 for the following reasons:

If the user does not change the download path, Windows will save the program in the C drive by default, which will cause the space of the C drive to become smaller and smaller, thus affecting the performance of the computer.
Some downloaded applications may be installed in the wrong location, and the user wants to move the software to the right place.
Users may want to move apps to SSD for faster performance.

Whatever your reason for transferring the program to a new hard drive in Server 2022, you might use the method of copy-paste, but it's not recommended.

Can’t move apps in Windows Server 2022 via copy and paste

Copy and paste is only suitable for some simple files, such as pictures, videos, audios, documents, etc., and its limitations are very obvious. Because copy-paste only copies the files on the surface, not the other data used to find and access those files.

For example, if you want to copy the installed program from C drive to D, the copied program will not start normally, because the application installation is bound to the registry, copy cannot copy the registry and path.

Step by step: Move apps in Server 2022 easily and safely

We already know that we can’t use copy and paste to transfer programs to new hard drive in Server 2022, so how to move installed programs to another drive in Windows Server 2022 safely? I recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Server to you, it is a very professional program transfer tool that is able to move installed programs to other disks without boot problems. It has the following highlights:

Compatibility: It is designed for Windows Server users, support Windows Server 2022, Server 2019, Server 2016, Server 2012(R2), Server 2008(R2).
Flexibility: You can Create Portable Version to solve various disk partition problems flexibly and quickly.
Simplicity: Each step is clearly guided, so you can use it with no pressure even if you don’t have a computer background.
Security: Every function has been tested repeatedly and will not cause any harm to your hard drive.
Versatile: In addition to transfer apps, you can also transfer Windows Server 2022 to new disk, extend Server 2022 system disk, create Windows Server 2022 bootable USB, etc.

Download Demo server 2022/2019/2016/2012/2008/2003
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Note: Please download the Server Demo version to see how to move apps in Windows Server 2022 with AOMEI partition Assistant Server(Demo version can only preview the results, cannot submit the operation).

Step 1. Download and install AOMEI partition Assistant Server. After opening, you can see many useful functions on the main interface, click “Free up” on in the top toolbar, and choose “App Mover”.

Click App Mover

Step 2. Select the disk and drive where the apps you want to move are located and click “Next”. You can even click Manage/Restore Apps to restore the moved software to its original location.

Step 3. In this window, please tick the programs you want to move, and then select the new path. Finally, click “Move”.

Step 4. Read the prompts carefully, then click “OK”.

Step 5. Wait for the transfer to complete, then click “Finish”. Finally, don't forget to click “Apply” in the upper left corner to submit the operation.

This is the whole process of move apps in Windows Server 2022. After the app is transferred, you can open the program in the new path without startup problems.

Further: Transfer Windows Server 2022 to the new disk

After migrating apps to the new path, if you want to migrate Windows Server 2022 to another disk, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server can also do it for you. Right-click the target disk in the main windows, and select “Clone Disk” and follow the instructions to complete the operation.

Sum up

From what has been discussed above, you can easily move installed apps to another disk with AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. If your Windows Server has a lot of fragmented files, you can also improve the running speed by defragmenting. More functions are waiting for you to unlock.

If you need to use these functions in Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista, please switch to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

Dervish · Staff Editor
Dervish is an English editor of AOMEI Technology; He is delicated to offering users easy and effecitve solutions for issuses related to disks and partitoins. In his spare time, he enjoy wathcning films, playing footable, traveling and so on.