PSF Update 2021.11.24 Now Released

The Package Support Framework (PSF) was started by Microsoft as an Open Source Project to help Win32 and .Net Framework based software operate in the new MSIX Container runtime, however the latest changes are now made in my own fork at https://github.com/TimMangan/MSIX-PackageSupportFramework/tree/develop .

The “Thanksgiving” release brings in some sought after changes in the PSF for issues that …

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MSIX and MaxVersionTested

As it may not be intuitive, I am finding it necessary to explain the markings that exist within MSIX packages that relate to the OS version that the package is installed/run on.

Contained in the AppXManifest file inside of every MSIX package is an element that looks like this:

<Dependencies<TargetDeviceFamily Name="Windows.Desktop" MinVersion="10.0.16299.0" MaxVersionTested="10.0.19044.0" /</Dependencies

The two important fields …

New in PSF 2021.11.02 Release!

The Package Support Framework (PSF) was started by Microsoft as an Open Source Project to help Win32 and .Net Framework based software operate in the new MSIX Container runtime, however the latest changes are now made in my own fork at https://github.com/TimMangan/MSIX-PackageSupportFramework/tree/develop

November brings new changes to the PSF, and while some much needed improvements are part of the mix, …

New home for the PSF: 2021 Sept

The Package Support Framework (PSF) was started by Microsoft as an Open Source Project to help Win32 and .Net Framework based software operate in the new MSIX Container runtime.

Today I am embarking on replacing it.

The Back-story: 

For quite some time I have been the primary/only person working to add improvements to the project.  The PSF is used by …

Automated MSIX Repackaging with PSF

I recently posted a twit with the following caption:

Achievement unlocked.  Re-package 70 apps with PSF with 
click on one button into #MSIX packages.  MMPT + upcoming 
version of TMEditX with command line option to fix the 
packages.

70 Enterprise apps repackaged into MSIX with the PSF in 2.5 hours with one click. Let’s boil this down so others who …

App-V Sequencer 21H1 Broken

UPDATED FYI,

It seems that in the latest version of the ADK (21H1) requires an OS build that is newer than 21H1.  It isn’t very clear in the documentation, but, at least for the sequencer, that version of the ADK requires an insider’s build (currently) for Windows 11 (and possibly Windows 10 21H2).  ADKs traditionally run on older OSs, and …

What is PackageFamilyName in MSIX and why do I need to know?

NOTE: This original May 4th article was updated June 25.

MSIX modern application packages use a series of identifiers that can be very confusing. Packages have Names, Versions, Families, and a PackageFamilyName that incudes that odd set of characters you sometimes see that is somewhat tied to the code signing certificate used to sign the package. 

Until recently, I had …