Keeping your PC apps up-to-date with Winget and WingetUI

WingetUI (soon to be UniGetUI) — the simple way to keep your applications up-to-date

Installing multiple applications on your Windows PC or laptop can be a tedious exercise, for example after a Windows reinstall or on a new machine. First you need to search the web for the application website, nagivate to the download page, download the installer, run the installer, wait for the application to install, repeat.

Thankfully, there are easier ways to do it now using package managers such as Microsoft Winget, Chocolatey and Scoop.

I’ve been using Winget for a while now with good results. And recently I’ve added WingetUI to the mix to automate keeping my applications updated.

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Windows Defender got stuck!

Screenshot of Microsoft Defender
All is quiet on the Windows front

For the last few weeks, I’ve been getting a daily email from Microsoft Defender telling me about a threat it had found on my desktop PC.

Only, I’d already deleted the offending files manually, but Defender got stuck—thinking they were still there, but unable to find them to remove them.

Here’s how I eventually fixed it.

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No Windows Security after upgrading to Windows 11

My laptop desktop under Windows 11

This weekend I upgraded my Acer Nitro 5 laptop from Windows 10 Home to Windows 11 Home.

It mostly went well.

Microsoft Security was missing!

A strange consequence of the upgrade in fact was that most of my Modern Windows Apps were missing and needed to be reinstalled from the Microsoft Store: 3D Viewer, Clock, Maps, Microsoft OneNote for Windows 10, Microsoft To Do, Paint 3D and Windows Security.

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Espanso text expander

Editing the default phrases file for espanso in Sublime Text 4.

If you are not already using a text expander application then I highly recommend that you start. It will save you hundreds, if not thousands, of keystrokes every month.

As the name suggests, a text expander application is a utility that runs in the background and looks out for you typing predefined phrases which it then replaces with usually a longer text version.

For example, when I type --@e, my text expander replaces this with my full email address: gareth@garethjmsaunders.co.uk, saving me 25 keystrokes.

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