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MKLINK WindowsApps

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    MKLINK WindowsApps


    Trying to move C:\Program Files\WindowsApps to other drive (MicroSD)

    Have processed the commands:
    takeown /F "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" /A /R
    robocopy "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" "E:\WindowsApps" /E /COPYALL /DCOPYAT
    rmdir /S "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps"
    mklink /D "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" "E:\WindowsApps"

    Everything completed without errors.

    However can not start any Apps. Initial screen flashes then nothing.

    Have tried with
    mklink /J "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" "E:\WindowsApps"

    No change


    What do I do wrong?

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  2. #2


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
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    I am sorry but should not fool around with those Windows folders. I am not sure what you are trying to accomplish ? the whole folder size is only ~725MB. Too small to be concerned.
    Having said that, you should have use: icacls instead of using takeown. With icacls, you can save the original Ownership/Permissions so you can restore them. I guess when you made copies of the files under WindowsApps folder, the ownership has been changed to you and might cause the problem.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks your reply.

    Regardless of the size of the folders this process should work.

    See: How to move installed Windows 8 apps to another drive - gHacks Tech News

    As this folder gets increasingly large after installing a few games from the Windows Store it will make a lot of sense to try to move it. Mine is actually now 3 GB and as my initial SSD size is only 32 GB I will soon have space problem.

    I will try icacls and see what happens.
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  4. #4


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    32GB is way, way too small for you to do anything and pretty soon, I am sure you will run into problem again.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Yes, thank you so much for your help!

    I guess I have to go somewhere else to get real help.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    Code:
    takeown /F "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" /A /R
     robocopy "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" "E:\WindowsApps" /E /COPYALL /DCOPYAT
     rmdir /S "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps"
     mklink /D "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps" "E:\WindowsApps" 
    
     Everything completed without errors.
    Done the same thing and have the same problem.

    My laptop has a SDCard of 64 GB but I would still have this problem solved.

    Anybody there who can help?

    Comments that we will have space problems in the future is uncalled for.


    Just try to tackle the problem if somebody can.
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