Windows 10 Tip: Use a Package Manager


If you clean up Windows 10 install for at least a month like me, you’re probably annoyed by the time it takes to install and configure all the apps you use in Windows. There is, however, a slightly “faster” method of installing all the applications you use in Windows 10. And that uses a package manager.

I did a clean install of Windows 10 last week and found that using a package manager can really speed up the process. I was using Chocolatey which seems to be the best package manager for Windows and has been around for a few years now so there are a lot of packages / apps out there.

Getting started with Chocolatey is pretty straightforward, all you need to do is open an administrative PowerShell and change the execution policy. To do this, just type Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned and press Enter. After that you need to run the command which actually installs Chocolatey on your machine – just copy and paste iwr -UseBasicParsing | iex in PowerShell and press Enter. Chocolatey will then be installed, but it may take a few minutes for it to be ready.

Once the initial installation is complete, you can now use the choco installation command to install almost any app you want. For example, if you want to install Skype, just type choco install skype on CMD or PowerShell and Chocolatey will start installing the classic Skype app on your PC. There are over 4,500 packages on Chocolatey, and you can find all the packages here.

Needless to say, package managers are primarily intended for advanced users who are familiar with these functions. Chocolatey is a pretty neat package manager that works well on Windows 10, so go ahead and give it a try!


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