The easiest ways to install and update all your Windows apps
With the Windows 11 update, Microsoft’s Windows Store experience is finally gaining momentum. But not all apps are available on the Microsoft Store Preview. If you’re setting up a new Windows PC or want to create a workflow that will update all your apps with a single click (not just Microsoft Store apps), there are some great third-party options to consider.
You can use a one-click installer or a command line-based utility, whichever you prefer.
Install and update apps with a one-click Ninite installer
Ninite is a popular application installer for Windows. It’s been around for ages, trusted by several companies, and it offers a one-click executable that will install and update any selection of apps.
Go to the Nini’s website, choose the apps you want to install and download the installer. It will download and install selected apps, and just that – no add-ons, no toolbars, no shortcuts, nothing. At any later date, you can run the same installer again to update the installed apps.
Install many other applications using Windows Package Manager
Microsoft brought a Linux-style package manager to Windows – and not everyone knows about it. It’s a command-line utility that lets you browse, install, and update over 3,000 apps, all with a single command and without the clutter.
Before starting this process, you need to make sure that your Windows computer has the Application Installer installed (if you are using the latest version of Windows, you already have it). Then launch the command prompt and enter “fin.” You will see a list of all available commands and what you can do with them.
For example, to install an application like Notepad++, type the following command to search:
winget search notepad++
This will give you a list of all matching apps. When you see the app you want to install, look at the PowerShell ID. This is what you will need to install the app. Here is the command :
winget install Notepad++.Notepad++
Once you press the Enter key, Windows downloads and installs the application. Give permission to the installer and you are good to go. Want to uninstall an app? Use the following command:
winget uninstall Notepad++.Notepad++
The Windows Package Manager also makes it easy to update apps. Use this single command to update all apps together:
winget upgrade — all
Get a Ninite-like GUI tool for Windows Package Manager
Now the Windows Package Manager is easy to use, but not everyone is comfortable with the command line. Don’t worry, you can also have your Windows apps and easy install. Just use Winstallera free Ninite-like GUI tool that lets you choose from over 3,000 apps to install.
Just like Ninite, visit the site, search for an app, or choose the app from the list (or one of the selected bundles) and scroll down to the Get Bundle section. Here choose PowerShell or Batch option and click on “Copy to clipboard” to copy the entire installation command.
Then open the PowerShell app on your PC, paste the command and press the Walk in key. The apps will start the installation process. If an app requires permission, you will be prompted by Windows.
Keep Apps Updated Using RuckZuck
Interested in a utility that will automatically scan and update all your installed apps? Take a look at RuckZuck. It is a simple app that helps you update installed apps. It has a repository of over 300 popular apps, including driver apps for graphics cards.
Open the app, choose the update apps option, and you’ll be presented with a list of available app updates. From here you can choose to install all app updates or you can select individual apps. RuckZack will take care of the rest.