Windows Package Manager updated to version 1.3 – here’s how to (win) get it

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What do you want to know

  • The Windows Package Manager has been updated to version 1.3.
  • The update adds support for portable packages, which are apps that don’t require an installer.
  • The Windows Package Manager displays the architecture of a system to help determine why a program might not work as expected.
  • The update also provides options to view installation notes, documentation, and logs.

Microsoft has just released an update for Windows Package Manager. The update brings the tool to version 1.3 and includes several new options that make it easier to manage applications on systems. Windows Package Manager 1.3 also supports portable packages, which are applications that do not require an installer.

Windows Package Manager, also known as winget, is a command-line tool that can be used to install, uninstall, and manage apps on Windows 11 and Windows 10. It was first released in May 2021 after a year of preview testing. It has since received several updates, although it has been a few months since version 1.2 was released.

The changelog for windows package manager version 1.3 is quite extensive. Here are the highlights:

  • Support portable/standalone app installation #182
  • Add a notes/info field to manifests. #607
  • Add optional URL to expected return codes #1889
  • Manifest field for user manual/documentation #1984
  • Add alternate version number field to manifest to correlate with entries in
  • More reliable add/remove programs #980
  • Setting to always use detailed logs #1940
  • winget –info should display system architecture #1925
  • An even better progress bar #2055

You can read more about the latest update in a dev blog post (opens in a new tab) by Demitrius Nelon, Microsoft Program Manager working on Windows Package Manager.

Portable packages, also called portable applications, are programs that do not require an installer. These types of application packages can now be managed by Windows Package Manager. They will appear as installed apps and can also be uninstalled through the utility.

Microsoft.NuGet has been added to the Windows Package Manager Community Repository already. Submissions for other portable packages will start accepting in about a week.

The Windows Package Manager is available via GitHub.

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