New Microsoft Universal applications Windows Platform use the .Appx or .AppxBundle file format. They are normally installed from the Windows Store, but Windows 10 lets you load Appx packages anywhere.
Like other software, you should not install .Appx or .AppxBundle packages from reliable sources.
What is a .Appx or .AppxBundle?
The new Windows 10 applications "Universal applications or" Universal Windows Platform are distributed in .Appx or .AppxBundle files. These are application packages that include the name, deion, and permissions of an application with the application binaries. Windows can install and uninstall these packages as standard, so developers don't have to write their own installers. Windows can manage everything consistently, allowing it to uninstall applications cleanly without any remaining registry entries.
If a developer creates an .Appx program, you don't download and install it directly. Instead, you visit the Windows Store, find the program you want to install, and download it from the Store. All Windows Store software is in .Appx or .AppxBundle format in the background.
In some cases, you will need tomaybe install an .Appx or .AppxBundle package from outside the store. For example, your workplace may provide an application you need in .Appx format, or you may be a developer who needs to test your own software before downloading it to the store.
First: activate lateral loading
You can only install .Appx or .AppxBundle software if lateral loading is activated on your Windows 10 device. Side loading is activated by default from November update , but side loading can be disabled by political account on some devices.
To check if side loading is enabled, go to Settings> Update & security> For developers. Make sure the setting here is set to "Sideload apps or" Developer mode. If it is set to "Windows Store Applications ", you will not be able to install .Appx or.AppxBundle from outside the Windows Store.
If this option is set to "Windows Store apps " and turn on side loading, Windows will warn that the apps you install could expose your device and data, or damage your PC. It is like installing normal Windows software: you should only install software from trusted sources.
How to installller an .Appx package using the graphical installer
On Windows 10 's Anniversary Update , Microsoft has added a new tool "App Installer "which allows you to graphically install .Appx or .AppxBundle applications. To install them, simply double-click on an .Appx or .AppxBundle package.
You'll see s '' view information about the .Appx package, including name, publisher,the version number and an icon provided by the developer. To install the package, click on the "Install " button.
How to install a Package .Appx with PowerShell
Windows 10 also includes PowerShell cmdlets that you can use to install an .Appx package. The cmdlet provides more functionality than the App Installer, such as the ability to point Windows to un dependency path that contains another package that the .Appx package needs.
To install an Appx package with PowerShell, first open a PowerShell window. You can search for “PowerShell in the Start menu and launch the PowerShell shortcut to open one. You do not need to launch it as an administrator, because the .Appx software has just been installed for the current user account.
To install an Appx package, run the following cmdlet, pointing it to the path to the .Appx file on your system:
Add-AppxPackage -Path "C: Path to File.Appx "
For more advanced usage options, see the Documentation Add-AppxPackage .
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If you 're developing your own software, the above cmdlet will not be ideal for you. It will only install properly signed applications, but you will not necessarily want to sign your application during development.
This is why there is another way to install the Appx software. This only works with applications left in "unpackaged" form. The Desktop App Converter also creates both a decompressed application, which you can install using the command below, and the final .Appx application package.
To do this, you will need to open a PowerShell window as an administrator. Then run the following command, pointing Windows to the file "AppxManifest.
Add-AppxPackage -Path C: Path to AppxManifest.
The application will be registered with the system in developer mode, efficiently install it.
To uninstall a package AppX, simply right click on the application in the Start menu and select "Uninstall ". You can also use the Remove-AppxPackage cmdlet in PowerShell.