Microsoft releases first stable version of Windows 10 package manager

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Microsoft has released the first stable version of the Winget Windows 10 native package manager that helps you manage apps right from the command line.

Just like other package managers available on other platforms, Winget lets you automate app management by letting you install, configure, upgrade, and remove Windows apps.

Microsoft first announced the first preview release of its Windows 10 Package Manager during Microsoft Build 2020 and has since developed it as an open source project on GitHub.

Today, during Microsoft Build 2021, the company announced Windows Package Manager 1.0, the first stable release of the Package Manager after a year of development.

Windows Package Manager
Windows Package Manager Help Message (BleepingComputer)

How to install Winget now

Microsoft offers several ways to install the stable version of Windows 10 Package Manager.

Windows 10 insiders and those who have already signed up for the Windows Package Manager Insider group may already have it installed automatically on their systems.

Customers using final versions of Windows 10 can get it by installing the app installer from the Microsoft Store.

You can also get it by downloading and installing the latest appxbundle from the official GitHub releases page of Winget or simply by directly installing the latest available version.

Windows Package Manager 1.0 will soon ship as an automatic update through the Microsoft Store on all devices running Windows 10, version 1809 or later.

Microsoft also shared information on how IT professionals can manage and deploy Windows Package Manager in their organizations’ environments using Group Policy.

Windows 10 Package Manager Features

To get the current list of commands available to Windows Package Manager users, you need to run it on the command line using the command prompt, PowerShell prompt, or the new Windows terminal.

Winget also allows you to find packages (or applications) available for installation using the information available in metadata fields such as its name, nickname or tags) with the winget search order.

Finding Windows Package Manager
Finding Windows Package Manager (BleepingComputer)

To install an application on your computer, you must use winget install , and winget upgrade to check for upgrades of already installed packages. To upgrade all installed packages at once, you can use winget upgrade --all.

You can get a list of all the apps installed on your Windows 10 computer using winget list, and winget uninstall to remove a specific application from your system.

Windows Package Manager List
Windows Package Manager List (BleepingComputer)

Additional information on using the native Winget Windows 10 package manager can be found on the Microsoft documentation site.


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