Updated: Jun 2022
Latest Build Version: 184.108.40.206 (Beta)
The AppsAnywhere Packaging Tool is a free utility to help packagers configure a clean packaging environment. This tool is provided as-is and without warranty, please see the disclaimer below.
- Disable Windows background processes to help with clean app capture
- Apply useful system settings when packaging
- Add useful favorites to the Windows registry
- Apply Extended Permissions for Cloudpaging Player
Available from below:
- AppsAnywhere Packaging Tool 220.127.116.11 (Beta) [Release Date: 22 Jun 2022]
- AppsAnywhere Packaging Tool 18.104.22.168 [Release Date: 07 May 2021]
Updates for 22.214.171.124 (Beta)
- Re-built from the ground up using .NET 6
- Added wider display support for most of the common display aspect ratios
- Extended the list of applications uninstalled via the Uninstall Appx feature
- Added the Disable Services feature, which currently allows 25 of the most common services to be disabled including the Microsoft Edge Update services. This list will be increased in future builds
- Added the Tools tab. This tab will host tools that can be used during the packaging process.
- Added a Find in Files tool which can be used to find strings within files in a given target directory. (This is still in beta and we are aware of some minor issues such as attempting to search directories that contain sub-directories to which you don’t have access to e.g. the root C:\ drive may result in an error)
- Improved existing features such as the way in which Windows Updates are currently being disabled
- Re-branded the application to match the new company name change
- Ability to Disable Background Apps
Note: This version of the tool will install Microsoft Windows Desktop Runtime – 6.0.0 onto your system if it isn’t already present. This will not affect packaging in any way as this item cannot be packaged as part of a Cloudpaged Appset anyway.
Updates for 126.96.36.199
- Implemented a new checkbox to disable services
- Added 24 services that can now be disabled via the application
- Improved performance
- The disable windows updates function now adds host redirects to further suppress updates
Updates for 188.8.131.52
- Implemented the GPO settings option
- Added new GPO setting - Only one has been added for now as a test more to come in the next release
- Added in-depth tooltips for GPO settings - Looking to add this for the rest of the application in future releases
- Added option to clear logs in the start menu
- Added logic to run environment prep commands silently using the --SilentEnvPrep parameter
Updates for 184.108.40.206
- The application now detects its current version and will reset registry keys if a newer version is installed.
- The application now remembers what Appx keys you have selected even after the application restart
- The application now remembers the state of the Console window after the application restart
- Fixed font issue on Extended Permissions tab
- Fixed issue with drop-down boxes on Extended Permissions tab where users could change the Enable/ Disable string
- The application start point is now logged in the log file along with other comments to make it easier to debug any issues
- The Select All button on the Environment Preparation tab no longer selects the Disable UAC option
- Changed Global Font from Arial Narrow to Arial Regular. To fix issue with overlapping text on tabs.
- Options have now been categorized on the Environmental Preparation Tab
- GUI resize issue fixed where it wouldn't scale properly on certain displays
- The .NET installation process no longer displays a dialog box to show the start/ end of the installation process (You will still see the CMD.exe window as .NET is installed using an external thread)
- Disable Action Centre issue fixed where it would remain checked after clicking de-select all
- Resized GUI to allow for GPO options (GPO settings will be made available in the next release)
- Made miscellaneous GUI updates
Updates for 220.127.116.11
- The UsoSvc (Update Orchestrator) Service is now disabled as part of the Disable OS Updates option on the Environmental Preparation window. This is also re-enabled via the Revert Changes > Enable Updates option.
- Added a new option on the Environment Preparation window called Disable Disk Related Tasks which disables a number of Scheduled tasks which include:
- Windows Check Disk
- Windows Defrag
- Windows Disk Cleanup
- Scheduled Disk Defrag
- Windows Defender Scheduled MP Scan
- Realtime Monitoring is now disabled via the Disable Windows Defender option on the Environmental Preparation window.
- The Show Hidden Files and Folders option on the Environment Preparation window no longer requires you to restart the machine to work.
- You are now able to disable UAC via the Environment Preparation window.
Updates for 18.104.22.168
- The Uninstall Appx option -> Advanced Options window now remembers your key settings after the application is restarted.
- Added 16 new applications to the Appx option -> Advanced Options window for uninstallation.
- The console window is now cleared after launch. Before it used to contain information on all the Registry key setup it has carried out during the launch process. This information can still be seen in the log.
Updates for 22.214.171.124
- Added the option to uninstall Windows Store Applications, including the ability to configure which apps are uninstalled
Updates for 126.96.36.199
- Added the option to Disable Windows Firewall via the Environmental Changes tab
- Added the ability to enable Windows Firewall via the Revert Changes window
- Explorer.exe is now refreshed once the changes have finished being applied via the Revert Changes window, thus preventing the user from having to restart their machine.
Updates for 188.8.131.52
- The option to delete startup keys now ignores VMware tools and VirtualBox tools so you don't have to re-install these.
- Fixed issue where explorer.exe would not start up after applying environmental changes.
- Fixed issue with Show Hidden Files option on Environmental Changes tab where it would only apply changes to the Admin user account.
Setup and Usage
No installation is required. Simply download and copy the executable to your Packaging VM, right-click and Run as Administrator.
With versions 2.*, simply download the .zip file extract it, and right-click on the Packaging-Tool.exe file found in the root and Run as Administrator
Please note: It is NOT advisable to run this tool on your normal workstation or in a production environment. You should only use this tool to make changes to a virtual machine used for packaging.
Disclaimer and Warranty
Use of the AppsAnywhere Packaging Tool is not covered by any existing contract, license or support agreement. We are providing this tool as an optional utility for the AppsAnywhere community.
Please be aware that running this software in a production environment may result in undesirable system changes. In no event shall AppsAnywhere be liable for any damages arising from the use of this software.
This software is provided "as is" and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed.