Surface: Install apps on the SD card

As we already mentioned in the first part of the test on the Surface tablet, Windows RT seems to be quite open in terms of modifying the system (except of course to put our own programs).

Thus it is possible to perform the same manipulation as in our article “Change Windows 8 application directory”.

As for the modification under Windows 8, this one is not validated by Microsoftso you may have to restore your system or simply do the reverse to restore the “initial” WindowsApps folder.

Step One: Copy Data

Via Windows Explorer (key Windows + E) / (Windows key, Search, “explorer”).

It’s necessary To copy the directory ” C:\Program Files\WindowsApps to the location you want to use.

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Step Two: Regedit, Edit Windows Registry

You have to access the Windows registry, (key Windowsthen type directly regeditthen confirm with the key Entrance), then go to the key “ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Appx“.

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Once in the location, right-click on ” Appx“. In the context menu ” Permission allows you to change the rights:

change apps directory regedit

change apps directory regedit

change apps directory regedit

It is necessary that replace the owner current by is your account (ex “Alex”), is the account Administrator.

change apps directory regedit

You have to change your rights by switching them to ” Total control ” instead of ” Reading » .

It only remains to modify the key ” PackageRoot by the new directory (example: D:\Program Files\WindowsApps).

You can return the rights to Reading instead of Total control (optional).

Last step: restart Windows

To test, we installed a new application, then checked that it appeared in the new directory:

There is no reason that the manipulation works for disk “c” and not on the SD card (the test was carried out on another folder of disk “C” having no SD card available during the test).