Microsoft has made its new terminal for multiple shells and command line programs available as a Store app. However, if you want to install the package with PowerShell because, for example, there is no Store app on Windows Server or Windows 10 LTSC, you'll get an error message due to a missing library.

Windows Terminal is supposed to replace the old environment for CLIs like cmd.exe or PowerShell. It offers, among other things, support for tabs, numerous options for configuring its appearance, or assigning keyboard shortcuts.

While the new terminal is already on board of Windows 11, you have to install it in Windows 10 or on the server. On a client, the preferred method is to download it from the Microsoft Store. However, the method described here also works on these Windows versions.

Download MSIX ^

If the Store app is not available on the system, the only option is to download the package from GitHub and install it using PowerShell. This does not require elevated privileges because the MSIX package is set up separately for each user.

There are always multiple versions of Windows Terminal available on GitHub. As a rule, you will opt for Latest, i.e., the current GA release. There, you select the file

Microsoft.WindowsTerminal Win10 <Version> 8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle.

The packages with "PreinstallKit.zip" in their names are intended for offline integration into a Windows image.

Adding VCLibs ^

Before you start the installation, you have to create one more prerequisite; otherwise, you will receive error message 0x80073D19.

Windows Terminal installation fails if VCLibs is not present

Windows Terminal installation fails if VCLibs is not present

The reason for this is the missing library VCLibs. This can be downloaded for the respective processor architecture from this page.

Then, run this PowerShell command:

Add-AppxPackage -Path .\Microsoft.VCLibs.x64.14.00.Desktop.appx

If you want to install Windows Terminal on Server Core, you will fail at this point. Even if the server OS is managed mostly remotely, a modern terminal would be particularly useful in a pure command line environment.

Installing Windows Terminal ^

Now, you can proceed to the actual installation of the terminal. The Add-AppxPackage cmdlet is also used for this purpose:

Add-AppxPackage -Path .\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_Win10_<Version>_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle
Successful installation of Windows Terminal

Successful installation of Windows Terminal

The process should now run without further problems, but only on version 2022. The installation on Windows Server 2019 fails showing the message:

0x80073CFD, A Prerequisite for an install could not be satisfied … The package requires OS version 10.0.22000.0 or higher on the Windows.Mobile device family.

Once successfully installed, the terminal can be found and launched via a desktop search.

Windows Terminal on Windows Server 2022 with desktop experience Server Core is not supported

Windows Terminal on Windows Server 2022 with desktop experience Server Core is not supported

Conclusion ^

Since Microsoft provides Windows Terminal only as a store app, you have to install it manually if your systems do not have access to the store. This can be done via PowerShell, but you must set up the VCLibs library first.

However, this is not possible on Windows Server Core. Therefore, Windows Terminal is not available on this system, which is limited to the command line and might benefit the most from a modern CLI. Apparently, there are no plans to change this state. The situation is similar for Windows Server 2019, where VCLibs can be installed, but the terminal is not supported.

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5 Comments
  1. Nope 1 month ago

    Thanks for this helpful information. Why not title the article Install Windows Terminal without the Store (on Windows Server 2022) since that is only Server OS this can be installed on…

  2. Welf Alberts 1 month ago

    If only someone could tell me how to deploy this to offline systems.
    It installs alright, but never starts (no error message) unless you connect these systems to the internet while starting Terminal. After that, you may disconnect and start Terminal offline.

    • Michael Pietroforte 1 month ago

      That’s typical for Microsoft. Obviously, there is no technical reason for requiring an internet connection. It is all about harvesting your personal data.

  3. x 4 weeks ago

    No difference, PS still fails it : “…because the volume is
    offline.”
    Makes no sense to me; package file is in current directory of LOCAL volume.

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