Solved: Apps and Features Move Grayed Out Windows 10💡

When you use Windows 10's built-in features to move programs or apps, you will find that apps and features move greyed out sometimes. This is because these apps are fixedly installed on the disk by Windows and cannot be moved. This article can help fix this issue.

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When you use Apps and Features to move programs or apps on Windows 10, sometimes, you will notice the move option greyed out. Then why does the Apps and Features move option gray out? This is because these apps/programs/software are fixedly installed on the drive by Windows 10/11 and cannot be moved. In fact, Apps and Features have other limits in moving applications, such as:

  • Can only move programs downloaded from the Microsoft Store.
  • Can only move one application once.
  • Doesn't support moving apps among PCs.

Don't worry. Windows built-in "Move" feature does have some limits, but luckily, you can fix these limits in this article from EaseUS.

How to Fix Apps and Features Move Grayed Out

Apps and Features can only move programs downloaded from the Microsoft Store and cannot move programs downloaded from other addresses. Luckily, you can turn to a reliable third-party software - EaseUS Todo PCTrans.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is a powerful disk optimization software that can move any files installed on Windows, including programs and games. The moved applications and games can be run directly under the new path without reinstallation. This will retain all your game saves and preferences.

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Here are the steps to solve the "Move" option grayed out:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans and select transfer mode

On the main screen of EaseUS Todo PCTrans, go to "App Migration" section and click "Start" to continue.

select transfer mode

Step 2. Select apps and another drive to transfer

1. Select the source partition and tick applications, programs and software (marked as "Yes") that you'd like to migrate.

2. Click triangle icon to select another drive or disk as your target device and click "Transfer" to start the migration.

Select apps to migrate

Step 3. Finish the migration process

When the transferring process finishes, click "OK" to complete.

You can restart your PC to keep all the changes, and you should be able to run your migrated apps on the other drive again.

finish app migration

Using this method, you can move multiple applications or games to another drive with one click. When Windows Apps and Features doesn't work, this tool can help you solve the problem very well.

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In addition, EaseUS Todo PCTrasns can also help you move apps from your old computer to your new computer without reinstalling.

Here is how:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both PCs

Download EaseUS Todo PCTrans and you will be in the PC to PC interface.

Step 2. Choose transfer direction - Old or New Computer

"This is New PC" - Transfer all data from remote old computer to current new computer.

"This is Old PC" - Transfer all data from current old device to a new computer.

choose transfer direction

Step 3. Connect two computers

1. Select your target PC to connect via its IP address or device name and click "Connect".

2. Enter the login password of your target PC and click "OK" to confirm.

If you didn't see the target PC in the listed devices, you can also click "Add PC" to manually connect the target PC by inputting its IP address or device name.

connect two PCs

Step 4. Select apps, programs, and software and transfer to the target computer

1. You can select and choose what you want to transfer from the current computer to the target PC.

2. After selecting desired applications and programs, click "Transfer" to start the transferring process.

select apps to transfer from PC to PC

You see. EaseUSTodo PCTrans is a powerful app transfer software that allows you to transfer multiple apps at once and transfer apps between PCs and drives. Don't miss this tool if you want to transfer apps, games, large files, and folders to another drive or PC. You can learn more about its features from the links  below:

Why Is Move Greyed Out in Apps and Features on Windows 10

Many users will migrate applications or games from the C drive to the D drive or other drives due to insufficient disk space. But sometimes, they will find that the "Move" option is grayed out or there is no move option at all. So why?

If you see a grayed-out Move button, you've selected a Microsoft-provided app with Windows 10. You can't move these apps. You can only move apps installed from the App Store, such as games.

Also, if you see an "Edit" button instead of a Move button, you've chosen a traditional 3rd party desktop app. You can't move it from here.

If you encounter the above situation, you can follow the solutions mentioned in this article to remove this error. If this article was helpful to you, please share it to let more people know.



This article explains in detail why the Move button is grayed out in apps and features, as well as the specific steps to solve this problem using EaseUS Todo PCTrans. This tool is not only fully functional but also very simple to operate and very friendly to beginners. It's a good choice if you're stuck with the migration process.

Here are some other links that you may like to know. Click them to get more details if you are facing similar issues:

Move Option Not Available FAQs

The migration program function in "Apps and Features" that comes with Windows 10 may not work, be grayed out, or even be unavailable. More related questions are listed below; I hope they will be helpful to you.

1. Why is modification greyed out in apps and features?

The reason why the modify button gets grayed out is that it has no other features and plugins that can be installed or removed in the current program. If you have issues with the program, try uninstalling and then reinstalling it.

2. Why can't I move an app to another drive?

Some applications may be unable to save to a different disk and must be on the operating system disk. Microsoft apps might look like this. You may need to uninstall the App and reinstall it. Don't forget to set the first other drive as the location for newly installed applications. You need to go into Settings > System > Storage > Change where new content is saved and change the drive letter.

3. How do you move an app on Windows 10?

Windows 10 allows users to move installed applications within "Apps and Features." You just need to hold down Windows + I to enter Settings, access Apps and Features, right-click the software you want to move and select "move."

However, sometimes, you will find that the Move option is unavailable. In this case, you must turn to third-party software for help, such as EaseUS Todo PCTrans.

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Updated by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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