Be the user you’ve always wanted with PowerToys for Windows
PowerToys is a collection of system utilities by Microsoft for power users to optimize their workflows on Windows for greater productivity. It was first released for Windows 95 and is quite popular with users.
Now Microsoft is bringing PowerToys back to Windows 10 as an open-source application. You can check the source code on GitHub.
Right now PowerToys for Windows 10 is still in the preview stage and has seven different utilities available. Some of these are ‘PowerToys Run’ Mac OS such as application launchers, ‘PowerRename’ bulk file naming tools and ‘FancyZones Window layout tools.
In this article, we will look at installing PowerToys on Windows 10. Before we begin, note that you need Windows 10 1803 (build 17134) or later to run PowerToys.
Install PowerToys via Winget
Winget is a new package manager for Windows 10 that makes installing applications super easy with one command. If you did not install winget, see our guide on how to install the winget package manager.
PowerToys is available in the winget repository, so to install it open Command Prompt or PowerShell and run:
winget install powertoys
Winget install powertoys
Winget will automatically download and install PowerToys. But you might get a UAC prompt asking for permission to make changes, press the ‘Yes’ button to continue the installation in that case.
Download and install PowerToys Manually
If you are not someone who likes commands and of course you don’t know anything about using wingets, you might want to go to the PowerToys GitHub release page and download the latest version available manually from there.
Look for the ‘Latest release’ label to find the latest version of PowerToys on Github, then click PowerToysSetup – *. Msi under the asset section of the special release to download and save the installer on your computer.
After the download is complete, open the folder where you saved the file and double click on PowerToy Setup – *. Msi file to run the installer.
Follow the instructions on the screen in the PowerToys settings dialog and complete the installation.
Once installed, run PowerToys from the Start menu. It must be available in the ‘Recently added’ section at the top of the Start screen. If not, look for ‘PowerToys’ in the Start menu and you will find it.
PowerToys will run as a background application when you start it. If your PC does not meet all the requirements, PowerToys will ask for your permission to install the desktop runtime package (in case it didn’t during installation).
The PowerToys settings window can be accessed through the system tray in the Windows 10 taskbar.
PowerToys is actively being worked on by Microsoft and many independent contributors. Microsoft plans to add more features and utilities in future releases. The first stable release of PowerToys speculated to be released in September 2020.