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Bulk Install Windows Apps with Winstall for Windows Package Manager

By on May 24, 2020 0

When it comes to installing multiple Windows apps, there is no easy solution. You’ll need to find, click install, then keep repeating until you’ve installed all the apps. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced Windows Package Manager. Simply put, a Director in charge of packaging automates the installation process and saves a lot of time. However, there is no user interface available, and that is where Winstaller enters the scene. It is one of the first apps to use package manager to help consumers bulk install apps and software on Windows 10.

Winstall is a GUI for Windows package manager

If you don’t already have the Windows Package Manager, you can install it by downloading and installing the latest .appxbundle file from here.

Bulk install Windows apps with Winstall

Winstall is a website that can create script based on application selection. When you run this script on a Windows 10 PC, it installs all the apps you selected from the website. Although it lists some of the popular apps on the homepage, you can search for an app. That said, it can only reveal apps available with the official repository for Windows Package Manager applications. The app displays the app name, developer name, and app version.

Once you have selected the applications, click on the generate script button. It will then offer you two options. Download the BAT file or copy the script to the clipboard. If you choose later, you can run the script on Command Prompt or PowerShell (Admin). If you download the BAT file, run it with administrator privileges.

Currently, there are almost 240+ apps available on the list, which you can see in the “All Appssection. To make sure it is the same application, you can visit the website or directly download the file by clicking the Download Application or Download EXE button. If you don’t see the application or if the data seems outdated, click the Clear cache button.

It kind of reminds me of a Windows Phone app – Reinstall – which allowed anyone to bulk install apps by getting the list of apps I have in the Store. Something like this would be handy for Windows users, but since it relies heavily on the official Windows package manager, chances are slim.

Winstall is an open source applicationand if you want to contribute, you can always do so through the GitHub.

Read: How to update installed programs at once using WINGET.

Bulk install Windows apps with Winstall