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Install and get started with Files

Install Files

Files is a community-driven project that depends on your support to grow and improve. Please consider purchasing Files through the Microsoft Store or supporting us on GitHub if you use the classic installer.

You can also use the preview version alongside the stable release to get early access to new features and improvements.

Install via PowerShell

  1. Open PowerShell as administrator.
  2. Run this command Add-AppxPackage -AppInstallerFile

Install via Chocolatey

The Chocolatey installation is maintained by a third party but it’s another option.

Keep Files up to date

Files will automatically check for updates whenever the app is opened and an indicator will be displayed on the toolbar if an update is available. You can also manually check for updates from the Microsoft Store or by downloading the sideload installer.

Steps required for the “classic installer” version after 3/21/2024

Starting 3/21/2024, users of the sideload version (aka classic installer) will need to reinstall Files in order to continue receiving automatic updates. This is a one time requirement due to changes in the code signing certificate.

  1. Export your settings by going to Settings > Advanced > Export.
  2. Uninstall Files and restart Windows
  3. Reinstall Files.
  4. Import your settings from Settings > Advanced > Import.


Cannot open app package

If you see a “Cannot open app package” message when you try to open Files, it means that your device needs an update for the AppInstaller component. You can update it from the Microsoft Store app on your device, or by downloading and running this installer.


If you encounter any problems or errors while updating Files, you can try the following solutions:

  1. Make sure you have a stable internet connection and enough disk space for the update.
  2. Restart your computer and try to update Files again.

Windows cannot install package because a different package with the same name is already installed

If you get this error code, you’ll need to uninstall and reinstall Files. You can also export/import the settings file to keep your existing settings.