With the recent launch of WinGet, Microsoft has brought a Linux-style package manager to Windows 10, making life easier for system administrators and anyone looking to automate software installation.
But while the Windows Package Manager is undoubtedly useful, it is also a bit intimidating for many people. The command line-driven tool can seem very off-putting, so why not add a GUI to make it more accessible? We show you how to create software installation scripts without having to use the command line.
Although there are installable front-ends available for Windows Package Manager, Winstall is an online tool that does not require the installation of any software. It’s clean, light and easy to use. In our previous guide to using WinGet, we mentioned Winstall in passing, but we thought it deserved a closer look.
Visit the Winstall website and there are several ways you can go about it. The first is to search for the software that interests you, while the second is to simply browse the catalog. If you’re looking for individual apps, you can install them quickly, but by browsing the full list of available apps, Winstall makes it easy to create automated installation scripts that can be downloaded and used over and over again.
- Find an app that interests you, such as WhatsApp, and click the Download App button to do so
- You can also click in the search results area to select that particular app and add it to your list
- You can then search for another application, such as OpenOffice, and do the same
- The other way you can go is to click on the See everything button to see a complete list of available titles
- Take a look at the list and use the Download the app to download the installer, or click in the box for an application to select it
- As you select more and more apps you will see a countdown at the bottom of the screen
- When you have selected all the applications you want to include in your installation script, click the button Generate a script button in the bar at the bottom
You now have a few options for handling the script that has been generated.
- The first option is to click on the Copy to clipboard button so you can paste and use the script as you want
- The second option is to click on the Download.bat to download the script as a batch file which you can run by simply double-clicking on it.
- Third, if you prefer the idea of ââPowerShell, drag the View the PowerShell script to fall over
- You can then use either the Copy to clipboard button or Download.ps1 button