Pick the right drive with these fixes for the Xbox App for Windows.
The Xbox app lets you purchase and install games on any of your system drives. Usually, this process works well, but sometimes, the Xbox app won't let you install games in any location other than the default directory. This can be problematic, especially when you want to install a big-size game, but the default directory doesn't have enough space.
Such situations usually arise due to corruption in the Xbox app or misconfigured registry settings. Fortunately, it's very easy to troubleshoot this problem. Here are some fixes to try when you can't choose a drive to install games on the Xbox app.
You might fail to change the installation drive in the Xbox app due to a temporary system glitch or bug. Luckily, you can quickly eliminate such bugs and glitches by restarting your computer.
To restart, press the Alt + F4 hotkeys to open the Shut Down Windows prompt, click the drop-down icon, choose Restart from the context menu, and then click OK. After restart, launch the Xbox app and check if you can choose a different drive to install games. If not, then it's time to dive into the advanced troubleshooting methods.
There are two places from where you can change the installation drive on the Xbox app. One is while installing the game, whereas the other is the Xbox settings menu.
If the first method is not working, you can use the second method to change the installation drive in the Xbox app. So, here's how to edit the Xbox app settings to change its default download location.
If editing the Xbox app settings wasn't helpful, you can edit the system settings and check if it makes a difference. Here's what you need to do:
That's it! Restart your computer and check if the problem continues.
There are certain Xbox services that must be running for you to use the Xbox app properly. If any of these services fail to start properly, you might face the problem at hand.
To fix that, restart each service manually. Here's how to do that:
The Gaming Services app allows you to seamlessly download apps and games from the Microsoft Store and the Xbox app. But if the app gets corrupt, you might face various issues, including the one in question.
The solution, in this case, is to reinstall the Gaming Services app on your computer. You can do that by following the below instructions:
Editing the registry can be dangerous, as one wrong edit can make your system unstable. To ensure that your data is secure even if something goes wrong, back up the registry.
Now, open the elevated PowerShell window (see how to open Windows PowerShell as an administrator), type the following command, and press Enter.
After uninstalling the Gaming Services app, restart your computer. Then, open the Microsoft Store, search for and download the Gaming Services app again.
It's very common for the Xbox app to get corrupt and throw various issues. The best way to remove corruption from the UWP apps like the Xbox app is to use the Windows repair feature.
Check out how to repair apps and programs on Windows for information on how to do this.
If repairing the Xbox app doesn't remove the corruption, consider updating the app. Downloading the latest update of the Xbox app will not only remove the corruption but also introduce new features.
To update the Xbox app, follow the below steps:
The Microsoft Store will now automatically download updates for installed apps, including the Xbox app.
While you're at installing updates, we'd also recommend downloading any available Windows updates. To do so, launch the Settings app, choose Windows Update from the left sidebar, and then click the Check for Updates button to install any available update on your computer. Following this, you will be able to choose a drive to install games on the Xbox app.
The Xbox app is a great place to download your favorite games. However, the app might fail to change the installation location of games. Fortunately, you can quickly eliminate this issue by following the above fixes.
Meanwhile, you might be interested to know how to increase downloading speed of the Xbox app.
Aman is a Windows specialist and loves writing about the Windows ecosystem on MakeUseOf. He has a Bachelor’s in Information Technology and is now a full-time freelance writer with expertise in Windows, iOS, and browsers.