Microsoft is adding a native Windows package manager to Windows 10 soon, but it’s limited to a command-line interface instead of an easy-to-use GUI. While many will be happy to just be able to install apps from the command line, Tweeten developer Mehedi Hassan has created winstall – a web application that uses Microsoft’s package manager to allow you to create application packages to bulk install all your favorite Windows applications.
It’s ideal for developers who regularly change PCs, enthusiasts who like to format Windows after every major update, or just anyone who wants to quickly set up a new machine. the installation site lets you choose from predefined packs or create and share your own list of apps. It could be a bundle of gaming apps including Steam, Discord, Twitch, Origin, Uplay, and many more, or a list of productivity apps like Zoom, Slack, and Microsoft Teams.
Winstall is similar to nineteen, but it includes a much wider selection of Windows apps thanks to the fact that it uses Microsoft’s own Windows Package Manager. Microsoft organizes and manages this list of applications from verified sources, and the package manager will eventually be integrated into Windows. For now, you need to sign up for access the preview version here to make it work.
Once Microsoft’s package manager is fully integrated into Windows, you won’t need to install anything on a PC for winstall to work, or even download an application. Winstall generates scripts that can be copied and pasted into the Windows Command Prompt, or you can download the bat or PowerShell script and run it on a new machine.
Ninite is one of our favorite Windows apps for quickly installing a bunch of needed apps, but Microsoft’s package manager just has a much larger selection of over 900 apps. Combined with winstall, it starts to get closer to the Windows Store I’ve always wanted with a wide selection of desktop apps and an easy way to bulk install them.