In case you’re facing issues while downloading apps or games from the Microsoft Store, then here’s how you can install Windows 10 Appx app using PowerShell. Although, a big list of software’s is available for the Windows OS, which can be easily sideloaded via traditional installation method. But installing the Universal Windows Platform Applications is not as easy as the traditional method. Here you can check the step by step guide by which you can install Microsoft Store Apps Manually on Windows 10.
Instead of .EXE extension, apps and games on the Microsoft Store assign .Appx and .AppxBundle format distributed under Universal Windows Platform Applications. Few years back, Windows 10 get an update that allows developers and normal users (with developer mode) to sideload the Universal apps manually. You can sideload famous games like Candy Crush Soda, Modern Combat 5, ROBLOX, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, and more from the below-listed method.
Now let’s dive right in to the steps.
First: Enable Developer Mode
If you want to install Windows 10 apps manually, then at first you need to enable sideloading from the developer mode. Before diving to the steps, make sure that your PC or laptop is running on the latest version of Windows 10. If yes, then you can effortlessly install .AppxBundle on your PC.
To enable Developer Mode, head over to the Settings > Update & Security > For Developers, then enable Developer Mode. This option allows you to install both official signed or unsigned .Appx and .AppxBundle on your Windows 10 laptop.
Last year, Microsoft rolled out a big Windows 10 update, which bring graphical installer for Universal Windows app. Now you can install the .AppxBundle on your system using graphical installer and Windows PowerShell.
The graphical installer is basically same as the traditional installer, Yes, you can simply double-click on the .AppxBundle and then tap the install button to install the UWP app on your Windows 10 desktop. But if you want to sideload untrusted or unsigned app then, you can use the PowerShell method. Here are the steps.
Install Windows 10 .AppxBundle with PowerShell
Windows PowerShell is amazing tool and it allows you to install the UWP apps manually easily on the Windows 10. PowerShell method has more features, in comparison to the graphical installer. Download the application package you want to sideload on your Windows PC.
- At first, you need to open PowerShell on your PC, you can search it from the start menu.
- Now type the below command, to install the .Appx package with PowerShell.
Add-AppxPackage -Path "C:\Path\File.Appx"
- Now hit the enter button on your keyboard to execute the afore-mentioned command.
- That’s it.
Tip: You can also directly open the folder where you’ve stored the .Appx package and then press Shift button to PowerShell menu inside the folder and sideload the package directly inside the folder. (Not only the package files, but you can also sideload unpackaged files using unpackaged command.)
This method is pretty useful for you, if you’re developer and testing your own Universal app on Windows 10. Although, you can install the app bundles with graphical installer as well, but there are some times when we need more access, then PowerShell is the best way to sideload apps manually.
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