When users install the applications/games/software on any Windows system, by default it will be installed into the C: drive. Since this occupies a lot of space unnecessarily which slows down the system performance, users change the default location for installing the new apps.
Several Windows users have experienced an error message while trying to change the default location (default drive) for saving the newly installed apps after they have upgraded their Windows operating system to Windows 11 or reinstalled Windows 11.
The error message that is thrown on the screen is as below.
Delete apps? This drive has apps from another device. To use this drive, the other apps must first be deleted. Do you want to continue?
When users click Yes for continuing, it throws an error message “The operation did not complete successfully. Try again in a bit along with the error code 0x8007005.”
This is actually causing a serious issue since they are not able to install any applications on another drive. On analyzing deeply on this issue, we have compiled a better solution for resolving this matter so that users can change the default location for saving the installed new apps.
How to Fix Delete other apps This drive has apps from another device Error
In order to fix this issue, you need to move the WindowsApps folder from the drive other than C: drive to another folder in the same drive. Follow the steps explained below on how this can be done.
Step 1: Press the Windows and E keys together on the keyboard to open File Explorer on your system.
Step 2: On the left side panel of File Explorer, double-click on This PC for expanding it as shown below.
Step 3: Then select your desired drive like D:, E:, etc. other than C: drive as shown below.
Step 4: Now you need to create a new folder in this drive by clicking New on the main menu bar at the top.
Step 5: Select Folder from the menu bar list as shown in the below screenshot.
Step 6: Rename the newly created folder to whatever you like such as windowsappsbackup, etc.
Step 7: Right-click on the WindowsApps folder present in the drive and click Cut icon on top of the context menu as shown below.
Step 8: Now right-click on the newly created folder and click Paste icon which transfers the WindowsApps folder to this folder.
Step 9: After moving the WindowsApps folder to the newly created folder, check if you are able to change the default location for saving the newly installed apps.
Step 10: If the issue still persists, you need to rename the the folder named WpSystem present in the selected drive to WpSystem.old by right-clicking on the WpSystem folder and clicking Rename icon from the context menu as shown below.
Step 11: After making this change, you can see that the folder name has been changed to WpSystem.old.
Step 12: Now you can close the folder. The problem should be resolved
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