How to Move Installed Programs to Another Drive in Windows 11

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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Manually Ways 

1. Transfer Programs from C Drive to D Drive using Windows Settings...Full steps

2. Transfer Programs from C Drive to D Drive using Command Prompt...Full steps

EaseUS Todo PCTrans Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans, choose "App Migration", and click "Start" on the main screen...Full steps

Are you receiving a low disk space warning for only one internal disk on your Windows 11? 

This is not a big problem. You simply need to move some programs to another drive on your Windows 11, and your PC will no longer disturb you with low performance or space messages. 

Usually, it's recommended to at least leave 15% to 20% free space on your one drive, especially on C drive. That's because C drive is where most of your Windows 11 updates are stored, so it should have sufficient space for further updates and system settings. 

Fortunately, if you have an empty space left on your other disk drives like a D drive, you can easily transfer some programs from C drive to D drive in Windows 11. This way, you can smoothly run your Windows 11 without uninstalling any program. 

Plus, folks, it's not hard to move installed programs to another drive in Windows 11. You can use both manual steps and software to quickly transfer programs from C drive to D drive or any other drive. 

So, let's check out how to move installed programs from one drive to another efficiently on your new Windows 11 computer. 

How to Transfer Programs from C Drive to D Drive Manually

If you are a tech-savvy person, you can move installed programs from one drive to another using three ways, such as:

1. Transfer Programs from C Drive to D Drive using Windows Settings 

You can seamlessly move programs to another drive using Apps & Features, and Apps & Games features in Windows Settings. However, this method only shifts partial C drive installed applications to D drive. If that's alright with you, follow these steps:

Transfer with Apps & Features 

Move programs using apps and features

  • Right-click on the Windows icon and select Apps & Features or go to Settings > Apps > Apps & Features. 
  • Select the application you want to transfer, click on the Move button, and select the drive where you wish to transfer the program like D: drive. 
  • Now, just wait for the move to complete. 

Transfer with Apps & Games 

Transfer via apps and games

  • Open the search bar and type Storage to open it. 
  • Next, click on This PC (C:) to open the Storage usage of your C drive and then, click open Apps & Games. 
  • Scroll down to the Apps & Features, select the desired program and click on the Move button. Also, select the destination for your program like D: drive. 
  • Let's wait for a few minutes to complete the transfer and restart your PC once. 

2. Transfer Programs from C Drive to D Drive using Command Prompt 

Can you handle Windows commands? If yes, you can use the Registry command to move installed programs from C drive to D drive. However, if things don't work as per your plan, small changes in Registry settings can crash your whole system. So, only follow these steps if you are super confident:

Transfer via Registry Editor

  • Set up a folder named Program Files in the C: drive. 
  • Press Windows + R, type CMD in the run search box to copy and paste the Program Folder to a new location. 
  • Enter the following command line— 

Robocopy" C:\ Program Files" " D:\ Program Files" / mir

Robocopy" C:\ Program Files" "D:\ Program Files" / mir

  • Next, open the search box again and find the folder path using prompt in Windows 10/11–

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Wow6432Node \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion"

How to Move Installed Program to Another Drive Using Software 

Transferring applications from C: drive to D: drive manually isn't very hard. But if the Move option is greyed out next to the program or you aren't comfortable with the command line, the software is the best option to transfer programs between drives. 

Plus, when you have an easy-to-use application transfer tool like EaseUS Todo PCTrans available, there's no need to go through all the manual trouble. You can free download this software on your Windows 11, and within three steps, you can migrate the program to another drive. 

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Easy steps to transfer installed programs from C: drive to D: drive using EaseUS Todo PCTrans are:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans, choose "App Migration", and click "Start" on the main screen.

select app migration

Step 2. EaseUS Todo PCTrans will automatically scan and display all the supported programs. 

  • Find the programs you want to change the location and select them.
  • Also, click the triangle icon to select the destination to migrate the programs to.
select the program and destination

Step 3. Click "Transfer" to start changing the program installation location.

click transfer to start changing program location

Note: Just restart your computer after the transfer process is complete to save all the changes. 

Bottom Line 

It's not at all complicated to transfer programs between your drives. You can use Windows Settings, Registry Settings, and even an easy Copy and Paste method to do it. Importantly, you have free and powerful EaseUS Todo PCTrans software when you don't want to go through all the manual transferring hassle. 

So, folks, if your C drive is overburdened, just get EaseUS Todo PCTrans to reduce its burden and boost your Windows 11 performance. 

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Updated by Roxanne

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Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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How to Move Installed Programs to Another Drive in Windows 11

Try smart Windows 11 data transfer tool to move all data in 1 click.

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