PowerToys has been, and remains, a GitHub project. That means the Microsoft Store doesn’t upgrade it automatically. One my minor annoyances with this excellent grab-bag of tools has been the need to visit the GitHub repository, to grab its latest and greatest iteration from the Releases page. This invariably comes in the form of an .msi file, which means it’s an installer package file that knows how to install itself using Windows 10’s built-in Windows Installer. Honestly, there’s not really that much to it. But it’s just another one of those manual multi-step processes that you must remember to do, and how to do them, so you can get them done. Capisce?
Click the blue “Check for updates” button, and PowerToys takes you to the releases page shown in the lead-in graphic.
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Update Check Makes PowerToys Easier
When you click the button, it opens the PowerToys releases page in your default browser. From there all you have to do is download and run the .msi file and you’re updated. This saves several steps along the way, and speeds up the process.
Now, if they’ll start working on a way to automate downloading and running the .msi we can call it auto-update. Wouldn’t that be nice?
The development team is asking for input on how automated it should be. Here’s what they say in the v.0.17.0 release notes:
Auto-updating: We just added in the code for doing updating, so the first chance to experience this will be when 0.18 is released. We’re also seeing how aggressive everyone wants with this so right now, you’ll have to click “Install” for it to kick off the installer. This is something we’d love feedback on.
If you, like me, believe more automation is better, please share your feedback with them. That belongs in the Issues branch on GitHub. For my own part, I’d just as soon have an “Update” button that checks for updates, downloads and installs them if they’re available, and sends an info message to that effect. If you click “Update” and there’s nothing to update a simple “No new updates available message” will do quite nicely.
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Author: Ed Tittel
Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.