Windows Package Manager 1.2 now available with improved ARM64 support

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Windows Package Manager, also known as winget, is a utility you can use to manage software packages on Windows devices through the command prompt. For example, you can enter winget install PowerToys to download and install PowerToys on your machine or problem fin upgrade –all to update all your software packages. It’s a pretty useful tool, provided you’re familiar with Windows Terminal. Now, Windows Package Manager has reached version 1.2 with a bunch of upgrades in tow.

For starters, there’s better support for ARM64 devices like the Surface Pro X. Essentially, winget will now automatically download the best available firmware for your device, based on its architecture.

Another user experience improvement is that winget now stores a list of error code messages, so if an installer fails and returns a 10-digit error code, rather than forcing you to navigate the web to understand the meaning of the error code, winget can try to provide you with the details of the error itself. Developers can enable this by defining a link between their custom error codes and the generic codes understood by winget.

You can now also enable installation of local manifest files by running them in administrator mode. However, Microsoft noted that you should ideally do this in a Windows Sandbox environment first for added security.

Windows Package Manager 1.2 was released as update to App Installer in the Microsoft Store here. It requires Windows 10 (version 1809 or later) or Windows 11.

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