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Windows 8 – Sideloading application example (Wordfeud)

13 Aug

Context

One of the negative aspects of working with new technologies is that sometimes you miss some stuff that what available with older versions.

As an example, the Pinball FX2 game/app was in the store of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, but was not available in the Windows 8 Release Preview. Another example is Wordfeud which was available in the store of the Windows 8 Release Preview, but is not (yet) in the store of the Windows 8 RTM.

[EDIT]

Apparently you can also:

  1. Go to the Windows store
  2. Toggle the AppBar by right clicking, pressing windows key + Z or swiping down from the top of the screen.
  3. Select “Your Apps” 
  4. Choose from the dropdown box: “Apps not installed on this PC”
  5. Select the apps you want to install and press the “Install” button.

[EDIT]

During my time with Wordfeud in the Windows 8 Release Preview I did however see that the developer provided the files to sideload the application. Sideloading means that you can install apps directly without going through the Windows store. More information about sideloading can be found here.

For sideloading Wordfeud, perform the following actions

  1. Run Windows Powershell as administrator
  2. Enable powershell script execution using: set-executionpolicy remotesigned
  3. Download the latest Wordfeud build from http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13365029/WordfeudMetro/index.html
  4. Extract the files to a folder by example : C:\WordfeudMetro_1.0.0.9_AnyCPU_Debug
  5. From within Windows Powershell go to the folder using: cd C:\WordfeudMetro_1.0.0.9_AnyCPU_Debug
  6. Execute the Powershell script by typing: .\Add-AppDevPackage.ps1

For removing the sideloaded Wordfeud, perform the following actions

  1. Run Windows Powershell as administrator
  2. From within Windows Powershell remove the application using: Get-AppxPackage | where PublisherId -eq csykjp4qexh44 | Remove-AppxPackage
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in ICT, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8

 

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