Programmatically get the windows store app details in windows machine

checkingrandom 206 Reputation points
2023-09-14T06:07:10.27+00:00

Hi was trying to get the windows store app details using PackageManager, but it list many result.

I was exactly looking to get the store app details which are listed in Add or Remove Program.

How windows classifies these store apps are needed to be shown in Add or Remove Program List.

How can we achieve this using c++, whether c++/WinRT can make this job quicker or is there any other Native API available.

Thanks in Advance

It will be much useful is there are any documentation or sample code snippet.

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  1. Castorix31 81,636 Reputation points
    2023-09-14T13:45:19.36+00:00

    With this test, it filters Store apps (C++/Win32) =>

    (as Admin ("requireAdministrator (/level='requireAdministrator')" in Manifest), I get 74 apps...)

    	PackageManager packageManager;
    	if (IsUserAnAdmin()) // #include <Shlobj.h>
    	{
    		int nCpt = 1;
    		for (const auto& package : packageManager.FindPackages())
    		{
    			try
    			{
    				auto nSignatureKind = package.SignatureKind();
    				auto hstrFamiliyName = package.Id().FamilyName();
    				if (nSignatureKind == PackageSignatureKind::Store && !package.IsFramework())
    				{				
    					auto pwsDisplayName = package.DisplayName().c_str();							
    					auto pwsFamiliyName = hstrFamiliyName.c_str();
    					WCHAR wsText[255] = L"";
    					wsprintf(wsText, L"Package n°%d\n", nCpt);
    					OutputDebugString(wsText);
    					wsprintf(wsText, L"\tDisplay Name : %s\n", pwsDisplayName);
    					OutputDebugString(wsText);
    					wsprintf(wsText, L"\tFamily Name : %s\n", pwsFamiliyName);
    					OutputDebugString(wsText);
    					nCpt++;
    				}
    			}
    			// Uncheck break on hresult_error in Debugger...
    			catch (winrt::hresult_error const& ex)
    			{							
    				std::wstring wsError = std::to_wstring(ex.code().value);
    				auto pwsMessage = ex.message().c_str();
    				WCHAR wsText[255] = L"";
    				wsprintf(wsText, L"Error : %s (%s)\n", pwsMessage, wsError.c_str());
    				OutputDebugString(wsText);
    			}			
    		}
    	}
    
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