Learn how to use the new Windows Package Manager to download and update your software.

Microsoft's Windows Package Manager, also known as wing, Eliminates the need to navigate the Microsoft Store app every time you want to download an app.

In its full version, Windows Package Manager v1.0 is a command line utility that instructs Windows to find and install an app.

Winget makes it easy to automate app management by allowing you to install, update, configure, and uninstall apps. Before we get into how you can use Winget for these tasks, however, let's make sure that you have properly installed Windows Package Manager.

How to install Winget

There is more than one way to install the stable version of Windows 10 Package Manager. Microsoft will soon begin shipping Winget via an automatic update on devices with Windows 10, version 1809 or higher.

In the meantime, let's see how you can install Winget manually.

  1. Using the Microsoft Store: Search for App Installer in the Microsoft Store to install Winget.
  2. Use the release file from GitHub: Download the latest version file from Microsoft Windows Package Manager GitHub. Double-click the .appxbundle file and follow the instructions in the installation wizard.

Related: How to Check Which Version of Windows 10 You Have

How to use Winget

You can get the latest list of available commands from Winget by running them from Command Prompt or PowerShell. Alternatively, you can download and use Windows Terminal.

Art wing on the command line and press Enter. This should show a list of all Winget commands. Let's look at a few winget commands and see what they do for us.

1. Search for apps

Winget can find apps that you want to install by referring to the information in the metadata fields, such as: B. Name and Tags. To search for an app, you need to use the search command. For example, if you want to install Firefox, use the following command:

Winget Search Firefox

2. Get package information

If you'd like to check additional information, like the version of the app or its description, you can check the Winget Show "Id" Command. Here you need to get the ID using. look up Winget search and then lead the Winget show Command. For example, if we want more information about Firefox, we run the following command:

Winget show mozilla.firefox

3. Install and update apps

You can install apps with Winget or check to see if there are any upgrades available for your currently installed packages. You can use the following commands to install or upgrade:

install winget firefox
Winget upgrade for Firefox

If you want to update all installed packages, you can use the following command:

Wingt upgrade – all

You can even run your package installation in the background with the following command:

Install wings Firefox –silent

4. Uninstall apps

When you've decided to clean your PC and want a list of installed apps, you can use the following commands to get the list or uninstall an app:

Winget list
winget uninstall Firefox

You can now say goodbye to the Microsoft Store (almost)

It can happen that the app you are looking for does not exist in the Windows Package Manager. However, you can ask Microsoft to add this package so that others can find it. You can use the Windows Package Manager Manifest Creator – i. H. winget create – download from GitHub. You need to find the installer link and post it to Microsoft for review.

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Arjun Ruparelia
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Arjun is a trained accountant and loves researching technology. He likes to use technology to make everyday tasks easier and often a lot more fun.

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