How to Install Windows Terminal Without the Store

If you do not want to install Windows Terminal from the Microsoft Store, or are unable to do so, you can manually download it from the Microsoft GitHub repository's Releases page.

For PowerShell:

    Download the "Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_<versionNumber>.msixbundle" file from the Assets section.

    To install, double-click the .msixbundle file. If that doesn't work, use this PowerShell command:

    Add-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_<versionNumber>.msixbundle

    Note: If you install Terminal manually, you might need to install the VC++ v14 Desktop Framework Package if you encounter missing framework package errors.

    Also note, Terminal won't auto-update, so remember to regularly install the latest release to get fixes and improvements.

For Windows Package Manager CLI (winget):

    Install the latest Terminal release with this command:

    winget install --id Microsoft.WindowsTerminal -e

    Note: Some versions can't be installed via winget due to dependencies. Use an alternative method for stable release 1.17+ or preview release 1.18+.

For Chocolatey (unofficial):

    Chocolatey users can install the latest Terminal release with:

    choco install microsoft-windows-terminal

    To upgrade, use:

    choco upgrade microsoft-windows-terminal

    If you face issues, follow the Chocolatey triage process on the Windows Terminal package page.

For Scoop (unofficial):

    Scoop users can install the latest Terminal release by adding the extras bucket and running:

    scoop bucket add extras
    scoop install windows-terminal

    To update, use:

    scoop update windows-terminal

This is not an AI-generated article but is demonstrated by a human on a Windows PC running Windows 11.

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