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    Where are the Win 8 Style Start Screen apps on my PC

    Did you ever wonder?

    The Windows 8 apps are actually a hidden file within C:/Program Files, then click on the "View" tab in the ribbon and check "Hidden Items", then at the bottom of the program list you will see "Windows Apps" w/faded folder. Double click on that, you'll be presented with a "permissions windows" click "continue". You will then be presented with "Access denied" window which you will have to click on "Change" and enter your name in the box and click on "Check Names". Your name will be corrected to the one you need to gain access. Click "Apply" and let it do it's thing. When completed just "OK" out of the 2 windows and you will be able to view all apps installed from the Windows Store.

    There is a video on YouTube that shows how to get there:

    How to view Win 8 Style app folders

    Note: Not sure, but Take Ownership may work as well. Edit: Take Ownership does work (Right Click Windows Apps folder and choose Take Ownership), but since each file has to have Take Ownership applied, even when automatic, this takes more time than the above process, depending on how many apps you have downloaded and installed from the App Store. If you do not have Take Ownership in your right click context menu, How to Geek has an easy way to add it.
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    Another item that adds to the right click context menu gives even more control is GrantAdminFullControl. This actually gives the most complete level of Administrator Control.
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    Thanks Ted

    Take Ownership works, it just takes a few moments to go through all of the files, folders and subfolders.
    My windowsApps folder takes up just over 2GB. Ouch.
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    Why? (would you? (do this?))

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    In the Win 8 Forums, there have been people asking where to find the folders containing the Win 8 Style apps. Just as with the legacy Desktop style apps, people have a need to view these folders. I have no idea why, but this is how to see these folders.
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    Probably to get an idea of what's in there and how much.
    another way is from here...
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