HandyWinget - a WinGet GUI

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I've been playing with WinGet, a new Win10 CLI app that allows you to install numerous (over 4k manifests, or about 1.5k packages, at current count) apps directly on your computer with little fuss, to build up a base of apps that I can install that are 1) not necessarily covered by other such installers (like NaNite), and 2) that I could save for later use when clean installing windows again.

Here is some more information about Winget:



After using my PowerShell fu to export a list of items, then using my Excel fu to import the list so that the actual package names were easy to grab (without grabbing everything else that I don't need in my script), I came across this little item in the middle of the exported list:


provides a GUI for installing apps through WinGet.
  • Very fast and flexible
  • Search between packages with Suggestion box
  • Customizable user interface
  • View Package Details
  • Group Packages by Publisher
  • Completely redesigned
  • Uninstall Installed Packages
  • Install Multiple Packages
  • Export PowerShell Script
  • Install Packages via Terminal or Other Options
  • No need for winget cli
  • No need for Windows 10
  • Windows 7 Supported
  • Support Internal Downloader and Winget-cli
  • Ability to download with Internet Download Manager (IDM)
  • Ability to cache data and no need to download all information
  • Ability to install different versions
  • Ability to recognize Installed Packages (Internal Method and WingetCli Method Supported)
  • Powered by .NET 5
  • Create Package
  • Light/Dark Theme

This thing is exactly what I was looking for, without having to build my own script from scratch.

HandyWinGet 01.png

It allows you to install only selected projects, refresh the list, Show only packages that you've already installed, Export the PowerShell Script to install the current set of applications, Even open a Terminal window and adjust your theme (which is a Light / Dark selection *plus* the ability to select any color as the 'accent color' used by the app.

While this may not seem like a big deal, and while yes, you can download these packages individually and install them, using WinGet will get the latest version of most apps (and next to latest for a few that I manually verified). The app also allows you to create your own packages, and there are a few options that you can use to tweak the app (including disabling installed package check for a much speedier listing).

I'm going to play with this a bit more, and another app that is also listed in WinGet, AppGet, and see how well they stack up against the established app managers and each other.

My goal is to find a way to manage my own set of packages that I run from binaries extracted from .ZIP packages, versus actual installation, as a secondary function, aside from installing and updating installed apps, because there are a lot of apps that I use every now and again but I don't want to have installed, so I use .ZIP binaries. Until then, though, this will save a lot of time installing / updating things like VC++ runtimes....
 
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how is this different than the old Vista Sidebar gadget?
 

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I don't recall a Vista Sidebar for apps, but I barely used Vista, other than testing it on my P4 system.

A small number of GitHub apps are included, and I don't think Microsoft owned GitHub back then, so there is that ;P
 

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