Discovering Package Managers on Windows (Part 1)

by Feb 12, 2021

In the Linux world, package managers are an established way to download and install software. On Windows, package managers are still new for many.

If you are a Windows system administrator and would like to download and install standard software packages for all users, then “Chocolatey” would be a premier choice. This package manager works best with full Administrator privileges and installs software using their default installation packages.

Note: To be able to run scripts and download code, as a prerequisite you may have to run these lines:

[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol -bor
Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process -Force

To install Chocolatey, run the following line in PowerShell:

Invoke-RestMethod -UseBasicParsing -Uri '' | Invoke-Expression

After the installation succeeded, there is a new command called choco that you now can use to download and install software.

For example, if you’d like to install PowerShell 7 for all users, run this:

choco install powershell-core

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