Microsoft Desktop App Converter (Project Centennial) Updated

Microsoft has updated their Desktop App Converter program which assists app developers in converting their .NET 4.6.1 or Win32 desktop apps to the new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app format used in Windows 10.

Here are the latest changes made with this update:

  • Restored support for Pro edition of Windows.
  • Converter -Setup flag now enables Windows Containers feature and handles base image expansion. Run the following from an elevated PowerShell prompt to do one time setup: PS C:\> .\DesktopAppConverter.ps1 -Setup -BaseImage BaseImage-12345.wim -Verbose
  • Added auto-detection of app install path and moving application root outside of VFS to reduce any unnecessary file system redirections at runtime.
  • Added auto-detection of the expanded base image as part of the conversion process.
  • Added auto-detection for file type associations and protocols.
  • Improved logic to detect Start Menu shortcut.
  • Improved file system filtering to retain app installed MUI files.
  • Updated the minimum supported desktop version (10.0.14342.0) for Project Centennial in the manifest.

You can read more about the update from Microsoft.

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