When you download a game from the Internet using your Windows computer, it usually appears in the “Downloads” folder. However, this is not the case with games downloaded from the Microsoft Store. So it’s no surprise that many users are wondering where Windows stores games downloaded from the Microsoft Store.
If you want to know the answer, you’ve come to the right place. This article explains the exact location and explains why the folder is protected. In addition, the article will show you how to change the download location for your games.
Windows Store installation location for games
As mentioned, finding the games downloaded from the Microsoft Store can be harder than you thought. Of course, you can start the games differently, but if you want to find the actual folder they are placed in, you will run into problems.
Windows stores the games you downloaded from the Microsoft Store in a “secret” folder called WindowsApps. This is where this folder is located: C:Program FilesWindowsApps.
Windows made accessing this folder a bit more complicated than just clicking it. When you open Program Files, you probably won’t see this folder. Why? Since this folder contains valuable data and tinkering with it can damage your system if you are not careful enough. Microsoft has lowered the risk of accidental system failures by making it invisible.
However, many users want to access this folder when they want to move the game to another location or free up some space. Fortunately, there is an easy way to access it:
- Open program files.
- Select the “View” tab in the top left corner.
- Check the box next to “Hidden items” in the Show/Hide section.
- The folder should appear in Program Files. If you don’t see it, type “WindowsApps” in the search bar in the top right corner.
If you try to access the folder, you will probably see the message “You do not currently have permission to access this folder.” You can change this as follows:
- Right-click the WindowsApps folder and choose “Properties.”
- Open the “Security” tab.
- Choose ‘Advanced’.
- Enter your Microsoft account email address.
- Check the box next to ‘Replace owner on subcontainers and objects’ and apply the changes.
Now you can access and manage the WindowsApps folder. Keep in mind that this folder contains files from all the default applications installed on your computer. To avoid damage to your system, you must work with extreme caution in this folder.
How do I change the download location for my games?
By default, Windows saves your games to the C: drive. If you don’t want this, you can quickly change it by following the steps below:
1. Launch the Start menu and press the gear icon to go to Settings.
2. Go to “System”.
3. Select ‘Storage’.
4. Press “Change where new content is saved”.
5. Select the downward pointing arrow under “New apps are saved in” and choose the download location.
Here you can also customize the download location for documents, music, photos, videos, offline maps, etc.
Find the game
The Microsoft Store offers a wide variety of games that you can download with just a few clicks. However, the default download folder also contains valuable information that helps keep your computer running smoothly so that Windows protects it by restricting access. Fortunately, you can get around this limitation and manage the folder however you want. Always be careful when working with the folder as tampering with certain files can damage your system.
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