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Windows 10: Handy trick to shortcut setting up your new PC

Setting up a new PC can be incredibly tedious and not just because of all the settings you have to tweak but also all the apps you want to install. Fortunately, this tiresome process could be going away. We’ve found a site you can use to bulk install over a thousand apps on a Windows machine in just a few clicks.

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Tools of the past tried to bundle popular apps to install them quickly as a group. But they never managed to support all the apps you’d want to install, so they were always a half measure. Today, there’s a tool that uses Windows Package Manager to let you install whatever you’d like in only a few steps.

The ultimate bulk install tool for Windows PCs

Rather simply named winstall, does exactly what its name implies: lets you pick apps to install together quickly and efficiently. This application is built on top of the Windows Package Manager, which is being added natively to Windows 10 soon.

The Package Manager will be a command-line interface, so a program like winstall is not going to go out of fashion. In fact, once the Windows Package Manager arrives, winstall won’t require any installation whatsoever to use.

Installation won’t be necessary, in part, due to how winstall works. The program generates a Windows Package Manager script which corresponds to over a thousand apps Microsoft supports. Once Package Manager is installed as part of Windows, simply running the script will allow you to download and install the apps of your choosing.

It’s important to understand that winstall isn’t providing you a direct download of anything: It’s all done, on the backend, through Microsoft’s Package Manager.

Winstall offers a wide selection of pre-made packs you can use. These packs run the gamut from Work From Home to Entertainment to School to Developers and much more. Packs come with programs related to their name. For example, in the Gaming pack, you’ll find apps like Steam, Discord, Twitch and more.

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How to use winstall

Using winstall is simple, but you’ll have to install the Windows Package Manager first:

  • Join Microsoft’s Windows Package Manager Insiders Program so you can download and install the Windows Package Manager app.
  • Then go to the winstall site and choose whatever apps you’d like to install.
  • Clicking the Generate script button at the bottom-right corner of the screen will bring you to a page where you’ll find your generated script.
    • Copy and paste your script into Command Prompt or PowerShell to start installing your apps.
  • If you’d like to create a pack of apps to save for future use, you’ll need to select at least five apps and make sure you log in to winstall with your Twitter account first.
    • Once signed in and the minimum number of applications have been selected, click the Create Pack button next to the Generate script button.
    • From here, you customize your pack visually before finalizing it.

And with that, you’re ready to start downloading and installing tons of apps without the hassles. If by some chance an app you’re looking for isn’t supported by winstall, new apps are being added regularly, so be sure to check back.

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