Chocolatey is a package management system that helps you download and install software packages. Unlike the PowerShell Gallery, Chocolatey is not limited to PowerShell modules and scripts and can install a wide variety of software including tools like Notepad++, Acrobat Reader, or the Chrome browser.
Using Chocolatey is trivial if you are prepared to run it in an elevated shell with full Administrator privileges. While there are instructions on how to make Chocolatey work without full privileges, it is almost guaranteed you run into problems.
To use Chocolatey from PowerShell, download its install script and run it. This requires Administrator privileges:
# download installation code
$code = Invoke-WebRequest -Uri 'https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1' -UseBasicParsing
# invoke installation code
After this, you can use the new “choco” command from within PowerShell. Just make sure you run it in an elevated shell.
A list of installable packages (like Acrobat Reader or Google Chrome) can be found here:
To install a Chrome browser, for example, run this:
choco install googlechrome -y
Again, when you run “choco” from a non-elevated PowerShell, you get a warning message, and most of the software packages will not install correctly.
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