How To Move Windows Store Games From One PC To Another

If you want to copy a game you downloaded from the Windows Store from one PC to another, you’re going to have to download the game all over again. It will take time and bandwidth. Simply copying files between PCs doesn’t seem to work either as games can’t be installed like that and will fail to run. There is however a pretty simple work around to this that lets you copy Windows Store games between two PCs. Here’s what you need to do.

We should mention here that this post is not meant to encourage game piracy. It cannot and should not be used to obtain illegal copies of a game.

Access the PC that you have a Windows Store game installed on. The game resides in a dedicated folder of its own located at “C:Program FilesWindowsApps”. This is a hidden folder. You will need to enable viewing hidden files and you must have administrative rights to access the contents of this folder. This is the only tricky part to the process.

Look for the folder the game’s files reside in. It should look something like this;

C:Program FilesWindowsAppsNameOfTheGame

Copy the folder to the PC you want to move the game to. Copy it to your desktop or to a drive that isn’t the OS drive.

Next, open the Windows Store and look for the game. Click the download button and allow the download to begin. Pause it shortly after it starts and close the Windows Store app.

Go to “C:Program FilesWindowsApps” where the Windows Store app will have created a dedicated folder for the app. Delete it. Copy the folder you brought over from your other PC to “C:Program FilesWindowsApps”.

Open the Windows Store app again and resume the download. The game will begin to install. To make sure it is installing, check Task Manager. It should indicate high, even 100% disk usage during installation.

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Lily Herman
Lily Herman is a New York-based writer and editor. In recent months, her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Glamour, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, TIME, Newsweek, Fast Company, and Mashable. You can check out her website, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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