Ms Store Apps Now Can Be Installed With Windows 10 Package Manager

The new version of Windows 10 WinGet Package Manager released by Microsoft, now can add experimental features along with abilities to install applications from Microsoft store.

The WinGet Package manager was actually released by the company back in May 2020 during MS Build developer’s coference, using which the users can install applications on their machine using CMD (Command Line).

Means, using this application released, the users can enable various experimental features by latering the WinGet settings, for which they need to run ‘winget settings’ command. Once the command runs, it shows a message to open a JSON file using any of your preferred text editor.

If you are willing to enable the features, just copy and paste the following code into your settings:

{
// For documentation on these settings, see: https://aka.ms/winget-settings
// "source": {
// "autoUpdateIntervalInMinutes": 5
// },
"visual": {
"progressBar": "rainbow"
},

"experimentalFeatures": {
"experimentalCmd": true,
"experimentalArg": true,
"experimentalMSStore": true
}
}

After you added the “experimentalMSStore” option and the configuration file is saved, WinGet will install or add a new repository called “msstore” that will use “winget source list” command.

In the new “msstore” repository, there are a number of applications in different genre like programming, networking, etc which can be installed directly from the Microsoft Store.

And if you need to install any of such apps on your machine, just run “winget install” command.

While adding applications from Msstore repository, the application will also be shown directly in the Microsoft Store, where updates are offered in usual conditions.

However, while speaking about uninstalling the apps, Microsoft has added no ability yet to de-install or upgrade programs which are installed on machine using WinGet, which is essentially needed for the package manager to be considered as a useful option in production environment.

According to officials from Microsoft, they are actually focussing on those two commands currently, along with import/export feature which can allow users to export a list of packages, and import them into a new system.

Microsoft also added PowerShell Autocomplete

In addition to newly added features as discussed above, the Microsoft also adds PowerShell Autocomplete option.

In case if you have used the configuration file as mentioned in this article above, you might have enabled WinGet, but you also need to create a PowerShell profile in order to use the features correctly.

Click the link here to know how to create the profile

Once you are done with creation of profile on your machine, you can test the configured settings through a keyboard sequence provided below:

winget[space][tab][space]pow[tab][space]-v[space][tab][tab][tab]

Means, if you are a Windows Insider, then you can try playing with aforementioned features now , else you can install the feature directly through visiting Github’s official page.