I'm finding Windows 10 package management not very intuitive. Below are my adventures in trying to install VLC, which sounds like a very common test case for a package manager.

Find-Package vlc


Find-Package -Update


Install-Package --help


Install-Package /?


Install-Package vlc

The provider 'nuget v2.8.5.127' is not installed.
nuget may be manually downloaded from https://oneget.org/nuget-anycpu- and installed.
Would you like PackageManagement to automatically download and install 'nuget' now?
[Y] Yes  [N] No  [S] Suspend  [?] Help (default is "Y"):
Install-Package : No match was found for the specified search criteria and package name 'vlc'.
At line:1 char:1
+ Install-Package vlc
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (Microsoft.Power....InstallPackage:InstallPackage) [Install-Package], Ex
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NoMatchFoundForCriteria,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.InstallPackage


Register-PackageSource -Name chocolatey -Location http://chocolatey.org/api/v2 -Provider PSModule -Trusted -Verbose


Install-Package vlc
WARNING: The module 'vlc' cannot be installed or updated because it is not a properly-formed module.


  • Try Install-Package -Name VLC.
    – MC10
    Aug 15, 2015 at 16:31
  • Install-Package -Name VLC Install-Package : No match was found for the specified search criteria and package name 'VLC'.
    – Jonathan
    Aug 15, 2015 at 16:35
  • Does Find-Package -Name VLC find anything for you? Also, check if it's case sensitive.
    – MC10
    Aug 15, 2015 at 16:36
  • Find-Package -Name VLC Find-Package : No match was found for the specified search criteria and package name 'VLC'. At line:1 char:1 + Find-Package -Name VLC + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Microsoft.Power...ets.FindPackage:FindPackage) [Find-Package], Exceptio n + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NoMatchFoundForCriteria,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.FindPackage
    – Jonathan
    Aug 15, 2015 at 16:37
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    You might wanna do a update-help first.
    – BrunoLM
    Oct 31, 2015 at 21:47

1 Answer 1


You were close. First, you have to set the execution policy to allow scripts, otherwise it'll silently fail while reporting success (bug):

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Both the package provider (Chocolatey plugin) and package source (URL to specific Chocolatey repo) need to be installed/registered with PackageManagement. Get-PackageProvider with the -Force flag causes it to bootstrap, which apparently takes care of both (more in the help about -Force):

Get-PackageProvider Chocolatey -Force | Out-Null

Then I can search for the package:

Find-Package vlc -Force

Name       Version          Source           Summary
----       -------          ------           -------
vlc   chocolatey       VLC Media Player

And install it (-Force so it doesn't prompt for confirmation):

Install-Package vlc -Force | Out-Null

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  • This doesn't work for me on a clean Windows 10 RTM, it just puts everything in C:\Chocolatey\lib but doesn't actually install the programs or run the scripts required to do so.
    – RedShift
    Sep 19, 2015 at 14:01
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    Oh, there's a terribly confusing bug in PackageManagement where that exact behavior happens unless, before installing packages, you set the execution policy to allow scripts (I use RemoteSigned). I'll update my answer.
    – Vimes
    Sep 19, 2015 at 19:12
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    Great to hear. Hopefully they'll get these wrinkles ironed out. Don't forget to mark the answer if you like :-)
    – Vimes
    Sep 20, 2015 at 16:10
  • How would I install multiple packages in one line? That's the industry standard for all package managers. It appears I get an error if I run Install-Package vlc firefox -Force
    – Jonathan
    Jan 19, 2016 at 23:34
  • 1
    @JonathanLeaders, just put commas between the package names.
    – Vimes
    Jan 20, 2016 at 20:16

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