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Install Winget in the System Context and applications via Winget remotely

Rising Star III
Rising Star III


Recently I came across this great post by Rudy (Microsoft MVP) on how to make use of Winget in the System Context (which isn't the default option by now). 

It got pretty clear instantly that his scripts shall be usable with JumpCloud Commands as well. 

In his article, Section 2.2 provides the PS-code to be used to install Winget and section 3 explains how to get apps installed. 

Install Winget


$dc = New-Object net.webclient
$dc.UseDefaultCredentials = $true
$dc.Headers.Add("user-agent", "Inter Explorer")
$dc.Headers.Add("X-FORMS_BASED_AUTH_ACCEPTED", "f")

#temp folder
$InstallerFolder = $(Join-Path $env:ProgramData CustomScripts)
if (!(Test-Path $InstallerFolder))
New-Item -Path $InstallerFolder -ItemType Directory -Force -Confirm:$false
	#Check Winget Install
	Write-Host "Checking if Winget is installed" -ForegroundColor Yellow
	$TestWinget = Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Where-Object {$_.DisplayName -eq "Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller"}
	If ([Version]$TestWinGet. Version -gt "2022.506.16.0") 
		Write-Host "WinGet is Installed" -ForegroundColor Green
		#Download WinGet MSIXBundle
		Write-Host "Not installed. Downloading WinGet..." 
		$WinGetURL = ""
		$dc.DownloadFile($WinGetURL, "$InstallerFolder\Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle")
		#Install WinGet MSIXBundle 
		Try 	{
			Write-Host "Installing MSIXBundle for App Installer..." 
			Add-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackagePath "$InstallerFolder\Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle" -SkipLicense 
			Write-Host "Installed MSIXBundle for App Installer" -ForegroundColor Green
		Catch {
			Write-Host "Failed to install MSIXBundle for App Installer..." -ForegroundColor Red
		#Remove WinGet MSIXBundle 
		#Remove-Item -Path "$InstallerFolder\Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle" -Force -ErrorAction Continue


Install Chrome (as an example) with --scope machine:


$ResolveWingetPath = Resolve-Path "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller_*_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe"
    if ($ResolveWingetPath){
           $WingetPath = $ResolveWingetPath[-1].Path

Set-Location $wingetpath
.\winget.exe install --exact --id Google.Chrome --silent --accept-package-agreements --accept-source-agreements --scope machine


Note: I gave both scripts a timeout of 600 seconds


Novitiate III

This is great. I have a similar post and approach to using winget in JumpCloud commands but I didn't know you could install winget via powershell. That is very handy, thanks for sharing! 

Novitiate I

Why do you use this header:

$dc.Headers.Add("user-agent", "Inter Explorer")
$dc.Headers.Add("X-FORMS_BASED_AUTH_ACCEPTED", "f")

Why there is 

"Inter Explorer"

Not just 'Internet Explorer'?
Why you do not use just:

(New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile($WinGetURL, "$InstallerFolder\Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle")

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