How to Delete WindowsApps Folder on Windows 11 Safely

Many users wonder if it is safe to delete WindowsApps folder on Windows 11. Some of them found it impossible to delete the WindowsApps folder. Why does this happen? How to successfully delete this folder? Read this article to find out.


by Yuka Updated on November 2, 2022

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Is It Safe to Delete WindowsApps Folder?

WindowsApps folder is a new folder introduced with Windows 8 to save Windows Store apps. Some users ask: Can I delete WindowsApps folder? There are roughly two different situations:

  • If the WindowsApps folder is located in C drive (the system drive), you’d better not delete it. If you do need to delete the WindowsApps folder contained in the C drive, you must make sure that the applications it contains are no longer useful. Otherwise, problems may arise after the removal is complete.
  • If the WindowsApps folder is contained on a drive other than the system drive, you can delete it at any time.

Deleting WindowsApps Folder on Windows 11 Safely

When some users deleted the WindowsApps folder on Windows 11, they experienced startup issues. Below is an example:

“I rename or delete the WindowsApps folder to perform a system restore. But I couldn't get the permission to rename or delete the folder so I deleted the files in the folder instead. Then I tried to boot and try the restore point again but now I get a black screen at boot, with the cursor with the spinning circle as if the PC were doing some thinking.”

Therefore, to help you successfully delete the WindowsApps folder without causing startup problems, you'd better backup your system and important files in advance. Keep reading to learn how to delete WindowsApps folder.

Part 1. Backup Your System to Prevent Any Startup Issues

AOMEI Backupper Standard is free backup software for all Windows PCs. You can use it to back up your system, disks, or files with a few clicks. It automatically selects the system partition and the boot partition so you never miss an important part of starting your computer.

In addition, you can use it to create a bootable media in advance. This tool can help you successfully boot your computer when you encounter serious problems such as system crash, and allows you to perform a system image restore created by AOMEI Backupper.

Next, I'll show you how to use this freeware to create a system image backup of Windows 11 before deleting WindowsApps folder.

  1. Click the download button below to install it on your computer. Launch this software and navigate to Backup -> System Backup.
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System Backup

✍ Tip: You can also choose Disk Backup to back up the entire disk on your computer. Or click Fie Backup to select individual files or folders to back up.

  1. Modify the Task Name to distinguish this system backup from other backup tasks. This program will select the system and partition by default as the source. Then choose a destination to store this system backup. You can backup to USB, external drive, network share, NAS, etc.

Select Destination

  1. Click Start Backup to begin system backup in Windows 11.

Start Backup

✍ Tips: There are three options in the lower left corner for you to customize the backup task.
✬ Options: You are allowed to compress the system backup image file, split large system image file into smaller ones, enable email notification to get alert after the system backup is finished, etc.
✬ Schedule Backup: You can set it to get the latest changes since the full system backup and protect your system continuously. You can specify the intervals to backup system automatically on a regular basis, such as Daily, Weekly or Monthly. (Event triggers and USB plug in are premium features in advanced editions)
✬ Backup Scheme: It enables you to choose backup method from full/incremental/differential backup.

Part 2. Change the Owner of WindowsApps Folder and Delete

To delete the WindowsApps folder from a non-system drive on Windows 11, you must first remove the apps, restore the storage default settings, and then change some folder permissions to delete the folder successfully..

#1. Uninstalling Apps

  1. Press Windows + I to open Settings and click on Apps -> Apps & features.

Apps & Features

  1. Under the "Apps & features" section, use the Filter by menu, and select the drive containing the "WindowsApps" folder.

Filter By

  1. Select the app and click the Uninstall button.


#2. Restoring default saved content settings

To restore the default settings to store new apps, use these steps:

  1. Change to the System -> Storage tab in Settings.


  1. Then click on Advanced storage settings -> Where new content is saved to change the location to save new apps.

Advanced Storage Settings

#3. Deleting WindowsApps folder on Windows 11

To delete the WindowsApps folder on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer with Windows + E and navigate to the drive containing the WindowsApps folder.
  2. Right-click the WindowsApps folder and select the Properties option.

WindowsApps Folder Properties

  1. Then switch to the Security tab and click the Advanced button.


  1. Click the Change option to the right of Owner.


  1. Specify your account name (or the full email address associated with the account). And then click the Check Names button and OK.

Check Names

  1. Check the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects option. Then click Apply and OK button. Click the OK button again when the popup prompts you.

Replace Owner on Subcontainers and Objects

  1. Then click the Advanced button from the Security tab. Click the Change permissions button.

Change Permissions

  1. Click the Add button.


  1. Click the Select a principal option.

Select a Principal

  1. Specify your account name (or the full email address associated with the account). Then Click the OK button.
  2. Under the Basic permissions section, check the Full control option.

Full Control

  1. Then click OK and Apply button to save these changes. Click OK to close Properties window.
  2. Then right-click the WindowsApps folder and select the Delete option.

Delete WindowsApps Folder Windows 11

✍ Tip: If you get a message trying to delete the folder, try one or two times again until the folder is deleted.

Final Words

After reading this article, you may know how to delete WindowsApps folder on Windows 11. But for your computer security, it is recommended to back up your Windows 11 system in advance. When something bad happens to your computer during the deletion process, you can use this system image backup to restore your computer to an earlier working state.

Yuka · Editor
Yuka, our dedicated editor at AOMEI Technology, is committed to bringing you valuable insights and guidance in data protection. Her mission is to empower everyone with her knowledge in computer backup and recovery, disk cloning, file synchronization, and more. Yuka's goal is to do her best to make complex tech tasks simple and ensure that your digital world remains safe and secure.