How to Use Windows Package Manager to Update Installed Programs All at Once

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Microsoft released the first final version of Windows Package Manager a few moments ago. The program adds new options to Windows for installing, uninstalling and managing programs installed on the system. You can check the review linked above to learn more about the basic features of Package Manager for Windows.

In this guide, we will take a close look at the upgrade functionality it supports. Unlike most Windows package managers, the upgrade is not limited to programs installed using the package manager, but to all programs installed on the device, as long as they are in the repository of the programs it uses.

In other words: you can use the Windows Package Manager to update installed Windows programs all at once, with a single command.

Here’s how it works:

The first thing you need to do is download the latest version of Windows Package Manager from the official GitHub repository and install it on the system. It is only available for Windows 10 devices.

Once installed, open an elevated PowerShell prompt, for example by using the Windows-X shortcut and selecting Windows PowerShell (admin) from the “secret” menu that opens.

Run the winget upgrade command to get a list of programs for which updates are available. Recognition depends on the repository used. The default community repository has over 1500 different programs at the time of writing.

Each program is listed with its name, ID, version installed and available. The available version must be newer than the installed version.

Upgrade all outdated programs on Windows 10 with Winget

update all installed windows programs with winget

Although you can upgrade individual programs using the name of the winget upgrade program, for example WizTree winget upgradeyou can also use the fin upgrade –allĀ command to upgrade all outdated programs at once.

The default option shows installers for each program, but you can override this by adding the -h parameter for silent upgrade installations. However, not all programs display windows or options during installation.

Each program is downloaded from the linked path, usually the official repository, and then installed on the device.

Once done, run the upgrade winget command again to check if all upgrades of outdated programs have been installed on the device. Windows 10 users who want more control can perform upgrades individually instead.

Closing words

The Windows Package Manager is a good option when it comes to upgrading outdated programs. Like any other program of this type, it is limited to the programs that are in its database. While it’s possible to create a custom repository and maintain a list of programs that use it, it’s probably too much work for individuals.

Now you: how do you keep your programs up to date?

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How to Use Windows Package Manager to Update Installed Programs All at Once

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How to Use Windows Package Manager to Update Installed Programs All at Once

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Learn how to use the Microsoft Windows Package Manager program to upgrade all installed programs that have updates simultaneously on Windows 10 devices.

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Martin Brinkman

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