Microsoft will soon add a native Windows Package Manager to Windows 10, but it’s limited to the command-line interface, not an easy-to-use GUI. While many people will be happy to install apps only from the command line, developer Mehedi Hassan has created Winstall, a web app that uses Microsoft Package Manager to create app packages to install all your favorite Windows apps in bulk.
Ideal for developers who change computers frequently, who like to format Windows after every major update, or anyone who wants to quickly set up a new work environment. Winstall lets you pick from prefabriuled packages, or create and share your own list of apps. This could be a game app package that includes Team, Discord, Twitch, Origin, Uplay, and more, or a list of productivity apps such as Zoom, Slack, and Microsoft Teams.
Winstall is similar to Ninite, but because it uses Microsoft’s own Windows Package Manager, it includes more Windows application options. Microsoft is planning and managing the app list from a proven source, and the package manager will eventually be built into Windows. Currently, you need to register here to access the preview to use it.
Once Microsoft’s Package Manager is fully built into Windows, you don’t need to install anything on your PC to make Winstall work, or even download apps. Winstall-generated scripts can be copied and pasted into windows command prompts, or you can download bat or PowerShell scripts and run them on a new machine.