winget package manager

Windows now have its own Linux-like package manager and it is really good.

If you are comfortable with a Linux-based machine you probably know what a package manager is and you probably do miss it when using a Windows machine. 

For those who don’t know what a package manager is, well it is usually a command-line program that automates the process of downloading, installing, configuring, upgrading, or removing applications from your OS. 

Most Linux distros have a package manager built-in and it makes the process of installing apps super easy. 

On Windows, you had the option to install some third-party package managers like Chocolatey, but Microsoft has its own Windows Package Manager. 

Although this does not come out of the box with Windows, but is ready to be used. 

How to install the Windows Package Manager.

If you run a Windows Insider build you probably already have the Winget client installed. For those who don’t you can get the winget client with App Installer from Microsoft Store. Details about the process can be found in the documentation provided by Microsoft

How to find and install apps using the Windows Package Manager.

To use the WPM you need to remember a few super important commands that include 

winget search app_name
winget install app_name
winget upgrade app_name
winget uninstall app_name

These are pretty obvious and won’t take long to get used to. 

The winget search command searches the app you input in the Microsoft Community Repository and shows you related results. 

You can then type in the winget install app_name command to install the required app.

The winget upgrade command is used to upgrade to the latest version of a specific package while winget upgrade—all can be used to upgrade all the packages.

The winget uninstall app_name as the command suggests it uninstalls the specific app. 

Summary

This is just the beginning of what the windows package manager could do. We also expect Microsoft to bring a GUI for the tool which is currently command-line only and to also ship it out of the box with the upcoming Windows 11 operating system.

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How to use the iOS Files app with External storage devices, File Servers, and Cloud Storage Services.

If you own an iPad or iPhone, you probably already have Apple’s Files app installed. The files app on iOS and iPad not only is useful while managing files on your iPhone or on your iCloud storage but can also be used to access files of various other storage devices, file servers and cloud services. 

Connecting to a Computer or File Server

  1. Tap on the three-dot symbol at the top of the Browse screen. 
  1. Tap on Connect to Server. 
  1. Now enter your local hostname or network address, and then tap Connect
  1. Now you can select whether you want to connect as a guest or as a Registered user. To connect as a guest the server must allow guest connections, if you are registered you can use your username and password to connect to the server. 
  1. Tap next, now you will be connected to the file server and can access the Server from the Browse screen under the Shared section. 

To disconnect from the server, click on the Eject/Disconnect icon next to the server’s name.  

Using a cloud storage service from the files app

  1. To use a specific cloud storage service, firstly download the respective app from the App Store. 
  1. Now open your cloud provider’s app and complete the sign in and setup process following the on-screen instructions. 
  1. Open the Files app and go to the Browse screen, you can find your Cloud Storage under the Locations section. 

(If you can’t find your service under Locations, click on the three-dot icon on the top of the screen and tap Edit, now from the list of all available storage locations find your required location and tap on it to enable it.) 

Connecting to an external storage device.

  1. To connect to an external storage device such as USB Drive, SD card, external SSD/HDD, you will need necessary cables and adapters. 
  2. For USB drives, the device must have a single partition that is formatted in a supported file format such as FAT, FAT32, exFAT, or APFS. 
  3. You will find your device in the Locations section of the Browse screen in the files app. 

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