You may not know it, but Windows 11 already includes a very handy tool that allows you to search for, download and install software on your device, without having to do it manually. Winget, that’s the name of this tool, at first glance it may seem too complicated to use. And for good reason, the utility does not have a graphical interface: you have to go through the Terminal and enter the command lines. Don’t worry, it’s accessible to everyone once you get to grips with its operation.
Thanks to this tool, you will be able to install the latest versions of your favorite software very quickly on your computer, without having to explore the web to manually download the installation file which you have to run individually afterwards. A perfect tool for that if you have just reinstalled a clean version of Windows. Here’s how to use it.
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1. Open Terminal
Right click on the menu to start Windows 11, then click Windows Powershell (Administrator) To open Terminal in administrator mode.
Then click Yes In the alert window that is displayed to verify that Windows Terminal is open.
2. Run Winget
To run Winget, just type the command wingate and press the key Enters from the keyboard.
The utility starts and displays a list of commands that can be used. The winget command always starts by entering the term wingatefollowed in order.
3. Search for an app
To download and install software on your computer, the Winget package manager will directly search the Microsoft repository. But before that, you need to find the program you are interested in.
To do this, type the command search wingate followed by the name of your application and hit the Enter key on your keyboard. If the name of the program consists of several words, enclose it in quotation marks.
You can also write directly search wingate And make sure to view the full list of apps that can be installed in this way.
The list of Winget search results is divided into several columns:
- name : The name that is commonly given to an application, but may not be unique
- ID: A unique identifier to accurately identify the application
- Release: Application version number
- source: The source of the program’s origin. There are two win32 apps and msstore for apps from Microsoft Store.
4. Software installation
Once you find the name of the app, type Install installation followed by the name of your program to begin downloading and installing it on your computer.
To install the LibreOffice office suite, for example, type Wingate install LibreOffice.
If the name of your program is one term, you can enter it as is, on the other hand, if it consists of several terms, you must put it in parentheses (it will be shown in blue afterwards).
To install the Gmail Desktop application on our device for example, enter the command wingate install gmail desktop.
5. Refine your results
Winget may find several packages that match your criteria. Since the name is not unique data, it is possible that there is a name in the title of many programs. Winget then displays a list of all items found that are relevant to your query. So you have to choose the right package to install it.
There are several solutions to this. You can tell Wingate to install your software by specifying its exact name (with the command -e), using its identifier, or specifying the source of its origin (by adding –source = SourceName).
Let’s take Firefox for example. Using the simple winget Firefox installer, two results are presented: Mozilla Firefox browser (msstore) and Mozilla Firefox (winget).
To install winget (win32) version, we will enter the command Wingate install Mozilla Firefox -e (Regarding the case of the noun).
In the same way, to install the Brave browser, two results are presented: one is compatible with Brave, and the other has nothing to do beforehand.
To install Brave we will use its ID, for this we enter the command WinGate install BraveSoftare.BraveBrowser.
Another example, to install VLC, the request to install winget vlc returns two results: VLC and VLC Media Player.
Here it is possible to specify the exact name of the program in the installation command, but you can also simply indicate its source, for example by typing winget VLC install –source = winget.
In the same way that Winget allows you to install a program by entering a command line, you can uninstall it using a command line.
To uninstall the program from your computer, use the command Wingate cancel followed by the name of the program and validate it by pressing the Enter key on your keyboard.
To uninstall LibreOffice for example, we use the command Wingate Uninstall LibreOffice.
Note that most of the processes launched with Winget are done in the background without the need to validate any window (or in rare cases).