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How to Batch Install Apps on Windows 11

Streamlining Software Setup with Batch Installation in Windows 11

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On Windows, you can create batch files, and you may need to batch-install apps in Windows 11 to save the time required to tediously install apps individually. This will reduce clicks and errors, ensure consistency and simplified management, and keep track of installed apps and updates in one central location.

This method is a good choice when setting up a new PC, maintaining multiple devices, and considering software package deals. We will discuss how you can safely install apps in batches without installing bloatware and software conflicts.

What is Batch Installation?

When you batch install in Windows 11, the system installs multiple software programs simultaneously. Usually, installing software involves running a setup program for each application one by one. This process can consume time, especially if you intend to install many apps.

This is where a batch installer comes in, automating the installation process for numerous applications. It generally involves a single setup process where you choose the programs to install, and the installer handles the rest.

Things to Consider Before Installing Apps on Windows 11

Before engaging in a batch install on Windows 11, we recommend you consider the following:

  • Use only batch installers from reputable sources. Avoid using installers from unknown or unreliable websites to avoid malware, bloatware, and other security risks.
  • Read online reviews to clear up some doubts about the installer.
  • Batch installers usually prioritize automation and ease of use, limiting the level of customization.
  • Ensure the installer allows you to select specific programs you intend to install within the package.
  • To avoid compatibility issues, verify that the software you plan to install in batches meets the minimum system requirements for your Windows 11 system.
  • Also, consider the installer’s resource consumption capacity to avoid usage of unnecessary storage space.

How to Batch Install Apps in Windows 11

1. Batch Install Apps Using Winget

Regarding batch-installing apps in Windows 11, Winget plays a critical role. It makes it possible to efficiently manage your software through commands in a centralized environment, simplifying the setting up or maintaining multiple programs on your system. Here is how to use it:

  1. Press the Windows key, type the word command in the search field, and press the ctrl + shift + Enter keys simultaneously to open the Command Prompt as an admin.
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  2. Then, confirm the operation by clicking Yes on the UAC prompt.
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  3. Once the prompt opens, enter the command below to find the ID for each app you want to install and press Enter
    winget search APP-NAME
    Ensure you replace APP-NAME with the correct app name and add quotation marks if the name contains spaces.
  4. Repeat Step 3 until you have the IDs for each app you want to install.
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  5. Then, enter the command below to batch install apps in Windows 11 and hit Enter:
     winget install --id=APP-ID -e && winget install --id=APP-ID -e
    Ensure you replace APP-ID with the correct app ID.
  6. The example below installs PowerToys and VisualStudio Code: 
    winget install --id=XPDM1ZW6815MQM -e && winget install --id=7zip.7zip -e
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  7. Once completed, Windows Package Manager will batch install the selected apps from available repositories, including Microsoft Store.

2. Batch Install Apps Using Winstall

Winstall is a free web-based utility that helps to batch install apps in Windows 11 using Windows Package Manager (Winget). The Winget built-in command-line tool allows installing, updating, and uninstalling applications. To easily use this tool, use the following steps:

  1. Open Winstall on your web browser and click Apps on the top of the screen.
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  2. Then, find the app using search box, click the Plus (+) button to add the desired apps to the list.
  3. After selecting all the apps, click Generate script on the bottom of the screen.
  4. When the next screen opens, click the Download .bat button to save the installer on your PC.
  5. Then, open and right-click the downloaded Winstall file and click Run as administrator.
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  6. Once completed, the system will run a winget command to batch install the apps on your Windows 11 PC.

3. Batch Install Apps Using Dev Home

Dev Home in Windows 11 performs batch installation of apps with the aid of WInget. It provides the required user-friendly front-end for Winget, allowing you to select and install multiple apps simultaneously. This app facilitates batch installation, particularly for those less familiar with command-line tools.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Press the Windows + S keys simultaneously to launch Windows Search, enter Dev Home in the search field and Open the relevant app.
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  2. Then, click  Machine Configuration and click the Install applications in the Quick steps section.
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  3. Search for the app using the search field, click the Plus (+) button on the right of the intended item to add the app to the list.
  4. Repeat Steps 4 for all the apps you want to install.
  5. After selecting all the apps, click Next.
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  6. Then, tick the checkbox for I agree and want to continue to accept the terms.
  7. Finally, click Set up and follow the onscreen instructions.
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4. Batch Install Apps Using Ninite

Ninite enables batch installation in Windows 11. It streamlines the process by providing a user-friendly interface, creating custom installers, handling silent installations, and providing optional update management. These features make Ninite a practical tool to save time and effort while setting up numerous programs on your Windows 11 PC.

Here is how to use it:

  1. Open the Ninite site on your web browser.
  2. Then, tick the checkboxes for the apps you want to install.
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  3. After that, scroll down and click the Get Your Ninite button to download the batch installer.
  4. Then, locate a desired folder and save the installer.
  5. Afterward, double-click to batch install the apps.
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  6. Once completed, Ninite will batch install the latest version of each app.

In conclusion, before you batch install apps on your Windows 11 PC, understand the benefits, potential drawbacks, and important considerations to leverage this method, save time, and guarantee a smooth software installation experience.

Always prioritize reputable sources, customize your installation as much as possible, and consider creating a System Restore point before you proceed. Note that batch installers may not offer the same customization level options as individual installations. We also recommend using reputable installers to avoid bloatware and software conflicts.

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