UWP Drivers and related Apps

PhsMu

Member
So, there's this annoying new practice of relasing drivers in these UWP format, as if to make us unable to integrate them into images and forcing us to go to the M$ Store at least once so we can have the control panels in our OSs.

It would be great if NTLite had a way to integrate/automate those drivers and add the respective panels so that we can break M$'s Data-Theft scheme.
 

Clanger

Well-Known Member
That would be damn helpful if possible. I installed the latest Intel DCH driver then had to install the bloody Control Panel app which failed. There were a lot of complaints because that damn app fails regularly. :mad: XXXX Intel.
 

PhsMu

Member
Actually no, it can be installed on LTSC without the store. My recommendation is:

Install Win LTSC
Install Drivers Offline
Connect to Store, Download UWP (Useless Windows Poo?) Control Panels
Disconnect from Internet
Install Software
Activate Windows with KMS
Plug all the leaks

Which is how I managed to do it with my machine.
 

Clanger

Well-Known Member
I will not put LTSC online, ever. I have an older Dell non DCH driver with control panel that works well enough. Useless Windows Poo, thats funny :D
 

PhsMu

Member
My machine needs DCH drivers for some stuff I cannot avoid, and those need UWP drivers:

Dell Power Manager
Alienware Command Center
Intel Control Center
Intel Thunderbolt Application
Realtek Audio Manager
Killer Control Center
Nvidia Control Center (It needs to be UWP driver so that Alienware CC can see it)

And I use 'Dell Mobile Connect Application' as well (it is useful)
 

PhsMu

Member
OK, so I found out I can unpack appxbundles and appx files with M$ SDK, and heard that supposedly allows me to install them via these commands:

takeown /f "%ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps" /r /d y
icacls "%ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps" /grant "Everyone":F
xcopy %~dp0WindowsApps "%ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps\" /e /i /h /y /k /o /x
powershell Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register '%ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps\Appname\AppxManifest.xml'

Time to try formatting the PC again... *Sighs*
 

Clanger

Well-Known Member
Thanks bud, i will "might" give that a go at some point. Will see if the older dell driver(non dch) with control panel behaves itself first.
 
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PhsMu

Member
Ok, updating on that, yes that method works, for nearly anything. I got a failure on Dell Mobile Connect because it needs a driver installed beforehand. One issue is that it was copying every app indiscriminately which is just poor form when dealing with more than one machine. The correct CMD should be:

Code:
takeown /f "%ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps" /r /d y
icacls "%ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps" /grant "Everyone":F

xcopy %~dp0WindowsApps\AppName "%ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps\" /e /i /h /y /k /o /x
powershell Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register '%ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps\AppName\AppxManifest.xml'
instead if you have apps in that folder you don't want installed for everyone (Like in my case where some PCs are Nvidia others are Radeon). Appname should be replaced by the application folder name (* are allowed and I very much recommend something like *intel* instead of writing the longass name they put so that your install batch doesn't break when you update the UWP app.
 

Clanger

Well-Known Member
Thanks for that PhsMu, its gonna be at least january before i think about doing any pc related stuff and i dont know what i will be doing.
 
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