[Fixed] Apps and Features Move Greyed Out on Windows 10

When you use Windows 10 built-in features to move applications, you will find App and features move greyed out. This is because these apps are fixedly installed on the drive by Windows and cannot be moved. But there is a way to solve it.


By Dervish / Updated on March 12, 2024

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Apps and features move greyed out

Since my C drive space is not enough, I tried to move some of the programs that came with Windows 10 from the C drive to another drive to free up space. But when I go to “Settings > Apps > Apps and features” and select a Windows application, I can see the “Move” option, but it is grayed out. I want to know why the “Move” button is grayed out? Is there any other way to solve this problem? Thanks in advance!

Why the “Move” greyed out and how to solve it?

There is a “Move” option, but it is greyed out. This is because some applications on Windows 10 are fixedly installed on the C drive and cannot be moved. And you also need to note that Apps and features can only move programs downloaded from the Microsoft Store, and cannot move programs downloaded from other addresses. Just as the user says, the C drive is not enough and wants to release the space of the C drive, but there are many restrictions on using the built-in functions of Windows, so what should I do?

Fortunately, you can use a third-party utility to move files. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is a powerful disk management software that can move any files installed on Windows, including programs and games. And the moved files can be run directly in the new path without worrying about data loss. App Mover feature of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can help you solve the problem of can’t move Windows apps.

In addition to App Mover, Allocate Free Space from one partition to another and Merge Partition can also solve the problem of insufficient C drive. Please download the demo version to see how to move a game or program to another drive without reinstalling.

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How to solve "Apps and features move greyed out"

Now, I will show you how to use AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to transfer files between drives with NTFS, exFAT, and FAT32 file systems. You can follow the steps below.

 Step 1. Install and launch PA Professional, select the “App Mover” under "Free Up".

Click App Mover

Step 2. In this window, select the disk and partition where the program to be moved is located, and then click Next.

Step 3. In this step, you can start to select the program you want to move, please check the box in front of the program name, you can select single or multiple selections. Then you should select a new target path. Please note that you must select a drive with enough space to store the transferred files.

Step 4. Read the prompts, decide whether you want to transfer the program, and then click OK.

Step 5. After the “Move” is completed, click “Finish” to return to the PA main interface.

If you want to restore the moved programs to the original path, the operation is also very easy.

Step 1. In the main interface, click “All Tools” and “App Mover”.

Step 2. ClickManage/Restore Apps”, the applications you have moved before will be listed, choose one or multiple apps you want to restore and clickRestore”.

Step 3. You will see a pop-up message to confirm forcibly closing running applications when restoring starts. Click OKto begin the process.

Step 4. You have restored the moved applications to their original location.

Final words

From what has been discussed above, this article explains in detail why Apps and features move greyed out, and the specific steps to use AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to solve this problem. You can see that AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is not only versatile but also very easy to operate. If you are troubled by move programs, then AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is worth a try. By the way, to use these advanced features in Windows Server, please upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.

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.