In addition to the ability to change the default installation location of apps in the storage, Windows 10 also supports moving installed apps to a different drive. This means, for example, that if an app was installed on the default “C” drive, it can be moved to “D” or “E” drive without reinstalling and losing data.
Users can move installed apps by going to the Settings -> Apps -> Apps and Features page, clicking on the app entry, and then click the Move button.
However, when you move an application, you may get the message “The editor of this application does not allow you to move it to another location”. Error code 0x80073d21 if needed”.
What causes the error “The editor of this application does not allow you to move it to another location”
The error occurs when you select another drive in the drop-down menu and click the “Move” button. The problem here is that not all editors allow you to change an existing folder.
Thus, even if the UI shows you can move it, you can’t move it. Nevertheless, there is a workaround, but it is a bit tedious and should only be used when you really need to move.
Here’s how to solve the “The editor of this app doesn’t allow you to move it to another location” problem
Change where new content is stored
- Go to Settings -> Apps -> Apps and Features.
- Click the application folder and select Delete. Note that deleting an app will delete the data stored on your PC.
- Now go to Settings -> System -> Storage.
- Click on the “Edit Content” section where the new content is stored.
- A drop-down menu will appear. Select the drive to which you want to move the application you just deleted.
- Launch the Microsoft Store application.
- Download and reinstall the remote app. It should be installed in the location of your choice.
- If you want to install apps in the default location of your choice in the future, go to Settings -> System -> Storage.
- Then click Change Storage Location and enter the default location.
Editing the registry
- In the search box, type Regedit. Click the first entry in the results.
- In the Registry field, enter the following key:
- Double-click CurrentVersion.
- Find ProgramFilesDir in the list.
- Double-click on one of the entries and check the entries. The C drive should be at the top of the list. You can then go on to change the default installation location.
- Click OK when you are finished editing.
- Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.
- Launch the Settings app by clicking Settings on the Start menu or by pressing Windows + I.
- Select your system.
- Go to the left side of the window and select Storage.
- Highlight Storage Places and select the drive where you want your new applications to be saved.
- Click Apply.
- Close the Settings application and restart the system.
- In the future, all newly installed apps from the Windows Store should be saved in the location you selected.