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 …

Get PsfTooling 4.5 Now!

Version 4.5 of PsfTooling is now available in the Microsoft Store.  A free tool, it is used in conjunction with the Microsoft MSIX Packaging tool to add and configure the Package Support Framework (PSF) during the repackaging process.

For those unaware, PSF stands for Package Support Framework, an open source utility that I contribute to for helping traditional

Be nice

On November 3rd, I’ll be working a very low paying job that I do a few times a year.  You see, I am a poll worker for my local precinct whenever there are elections.  Elections occur between 1 and 4 times a year, depending on the year and this year we have them all.  I’m asking you, on that day, …