Enable the App-V in-box client

Applies to:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11

The App-V client is the component that runs virtualized applications on user devices. Once you enable the client, users can interact with icons and file names to start virtualized applications. The client can also get virtual application content from the management server.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1607, the App-V client is installed automatically. However, you'll still need to enable the client yourself to allow user devices to access and run virtual applications. You can set up the client with the Group Policy editor or with Windows PowerShell.

Here's how to enable the App-V client with Group Policy:

  1. Open the device’s Group Policy Editor.
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > App-V.
  3. Run Enables App-V Client, then select Enabled.
  4. Restart the device.

Here's how to enable the App-V client with Windows PowerShell:

  1. Open Windows PowerShell.
  2. Enter Enable-Appv, then select the Enter key.
  3. Restart the device.
  4. To verify that the App-V client is working, enter Get-AppvStatus, then select the Enter key.

Check out these articles for more information about how to configure the App-V client: