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Winget, the new Windows 10 package manager, now allows you to install apps from the Microsoft Store: we explain how to use it

Winget (Windows Package Manager) is he new Windows 10 package manager that Microsoft announced in May 2020 as a new way to install all kinds of applications from the terminal very quickly and easily, in the purest style of managers like those found in Linux, APT or pacman.

Ironically, the winget repositories from the beginning already included more interesting software than much of the Microsoft Store catalog, but it is also much that of the Windows 10 app store that was left out, at least until now. With the latest version of winget, some 300 hand-picked apps from the Windows store have been added to the repositories.


Winget already has more than a thousand packages

From version 0.2.2521 already available on GitHub, it is possible enable the installation of applications from the Microsoft Store available in the repositories. The detail is that you will have to do it manually.

You can use winget on Windows 10 as long as you have system version 1709 or higher. You will need to install the package App Installer from the Microsoft Store if you don’t have it, and install Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller_8wekyb3d8bbwe.appxbundle
.

Winget Features
Winget Features

Using the “winget features” command tells you if the option to install apps from the Microsoft Store is enabled or not

Once winget is ready on your computer, you will have to edit the winget settings document with any text editor that has JSON support, worth even the notepad. You can use the command winget features to check that the experimental functions like “experimentalMSStore” are enabled or not.

To edit the settings you must write the command winget settings and in the document that appears you must add the following lines of code (see the image): {
"experimentalFeatures": {
"experimentalMSStore": true
}
}

Winget Settings
Winget Settings

Save and the document and once finished you will have added the first 300 apps from the Microsoft Store that have been included in the repositories, all of them are free. From now on you should see apps from the Microsoft Store when you use the command winget show to show all the apps available in the repositories, which also distinguishes where the packages come from:

Ms Store Apps Winget
Ms Store Apps Winget

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