With the Windows 11 update, Microsoft’s Windows Store experiment is finally gaining some steam. However, not all apps are available in Microsoft Store Preview. If you’re setting up a new Windows PC or want to create a workflow that updates all your apps with a single click (not just Microsoft Store apps), there are some compelling third-party options to consider.
You can use a single-click installation tool or a command-line-based tool, depending on what you dorelating tofer.
Install and update apps with a single-click Ninite installer
Ninite is a popular app installer for Windows. It has been around for ages, it is trusted by several companies and it offers a one-click executable file that will install and update any selection of apps.
Go to Ninite website, select 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 time, you can restart the same installer to update the installed apps.
Install many more apps using Windows Package Manager
Microsoft brought Linux-style package management to Windows – and not everyone knows about it. It is a command line tool that lets you browse, install and update more than 3,000 apps – all with a single command and without a tumor.
Before starting this process, make sure that your Windows computer has App Installer installed (if you are using the latest version of Windows, you already have it). Then launch the command prompt and enter “wing“You will see a list of all available commands and what you can do with them.
To install an app like Notepad ++, enter the following command to perform a 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 need to actually install the app. Here is the command:
winget install Notepad++.Notepad++
When you press the Enter key, Windows will download and install the app. Give the installer permission and you are well on your way. Do you want to uninstall an app? Use the following command:
winget uninstall Notepad++.Notepad++
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 Windows Package Manager is easy to use, but not everyone is comfortable with the command line. Don’t worry, you can have your Windows apps and also easy installation. Just use Winstalla free Ninite-like GUI tool that lets you choose from more than 3,000 apps to install.
Like Ninite, visit the site, search for an app, or select the app from the list (or one of the cured packages) and scroll down to the Download Package section. Select the PowerShell or Batch option here and click “Copy to clipboard”To copy the entire installation command.
Then open PowerShell app on your PC, paste the command and press Enter key. Apps 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 automatically scans and updates all your installed apps? Look at RuckZuck. It is a simple app that helps you update installed apps. It has a stock of more than 300 popular apps, including driver cards for graphics cards.
Open the app, select update apps option and you will 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 takes care of the rest.