How to choose where to install an application in Windows 10

How to choose where to install an application in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 15042, you can choose where to install applications. This guide will show you how to choose where apps can be installed for all users in Windows 10.

Note:

  • You must be logged in as an admin in order to be able to choose where to install apps.
  • If you’re using Windows 10 on an ARM device, the device will only be able to install apps from the Microsoft Store.

Choose where you can install apps in Settings

1. Open Settings and click the Apps icon .

2. Click on Apps & features on the left, choose Anywhere (default); Anywhere, but let me know if there’s a comparable app in the Microsoft Store ; Anywhere, but warn me before installing an app that’s not from the Microsoft Store or The Microsoft Store only , depending on what you want from the Choose where to get apps drop-down menu on the right.

The Choose where to get apps setting will not be available if you are currently logged in as a regular user. This setting is only available to admin.

3. When done, you can close Settings if desired.

Choose where you can install apps in Settings

Choose where to install the application through the policy in the Local Group Policy Editor

Local Group Policy Editor is only available in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.

2. Navigate to the location below in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor.

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender SmartScreen > Explorer
Navigate to the correct location in the Local Group Policy Editor

3. In the right panel of Explorer in the Local Group Policy Editor, double-click the Configure App Install Control policy to edit it.

4. Do step 5 (default) or step 6 (specify) below, depending on what you want to do.

5. If you do not specify where you can install the application, select Not Configured or Disabled , click OK and go to step 7 below. Not Configured is the default setting.

6. To specify where the application can be installed, check Enabled , select one of the settings below, click OK, and go to step 7 below.

  • Turn off app recommendations
  • Show me app recommendations (default)
  • Warn me before installing apps from outside the Store
  • Allow apps from the Store only
Check Enabled and choose one of the settings below

7. Close Local Group Policy Editor .

See more:

  • How to enable / disable Fullscreen Optimizations for apps and games in Windows 10