Windows Package Manager 1.2 now live with improved ARM64 support

Windows Package Manager, also known as winget, is a utility that you can use to manage software packages on Windows devices via the Command Prompt. For example, you can type in winget install PowerToys to download and install PowerToys on your machine or issue winget upgrade --all to update all your software packages. It's quite a useful tool, provided that you are familiar with Windows Terminal. Now, Windows Package Manager has reached version 1.2 with a bunch of improvements in tow.

Winget running in Windows Command Prompt

For starters, there is better support for ARM64 devices such as the Surface Pro X. Essentially, winget will now automatically download the best available software package for your device, based on its architecture.

Another improvement in user experience is that winget now stores a list of error code messages, so if an installer fails and throws a 10-digit error code, rather than forcing you to browse the web to figure out the meaning of the error code, winget can try to provide the error details to you itself. Developers can enable this by defining a link between their custom error codes and the generic ones understood by winget.

You can now also enable installation of local manifest files by running them in administrator mode. However, Microsoft has noted that you should ideally do this in a Windows Sandbox environment first for added security.

Windows Package Manager 1.2 has been released as an update to App Installer in the Microsoft Store here. It requires Windows 10 (version 1809 or later) or Windows 11.

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