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This package was approved as a trusted package on 5/22/2016.

Repeatable, reboot resilient windows environment installations made easy using Chocolatey packages. When its time to repave either bare metal or virtualized instances, locally or on a remote machine, Boxstarter can automate both trivial and highly complex installations. Compatible with all Windows versions from Windows 7/2008 R2 forward.

To install Boxstarter, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install boxstarter

To upgrade Boxstarter, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade boxstarter


  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    try { 
        Write-Host "To load all Boxstarter Modules immediately, just enter 'BoxstarterShell'." -ForegroundColor Yellow
        Write-Host "Interested in Windows Azure VM integration? Run CINST Boxstarter.Azure to install Boxstarter's Azure integration."
    } catch {
        throw $_.exception

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Software Author(s)

  • Matt Wrock


Release Notes

  • Silence errors from Move-LibraryDirectory about file conflicts from old location
  • Fix RebootOk setting always being set to false
  • Fix pending reboot check from always returning false
  • Persist RebootOk setting in nested installs
  • Suppress bogus Invalid Namespace errors
  • Added ability to configure "Expand to open folder" in Set-WindowsExplorerOptions
  • Added ability to configure QuickAccess options in Set-WindowsExplorerOption
  • Added Disable-GameBarTips to WinConfig module
  • Added Disable-BingSearch to WinConfig module
  • Updated to latest Get-PendingReboot
  • Eliminate multiple explorer restarts in Set-WindowsExplorerOption
  • Fix scenarios where providing multiple packages to Install-BoxstarterPackage fails
  • Added improved error logging where stacktrace was being dropped
  • Fix errors caused by using Int64 RebootCodes
  • Fix parameter typo in Set-ExplorerOptions
  • Update to latest Pester and ensure tests pass on clean VM

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Boxstarter 2.8.27 19 Sunday, May 22, 2016 approved
Boxstarter 2.8.21 670 Thursday, April 28, 2016 approved
Boxstarter 2.8.18 294 Tuesday, April 26, 2016 approved
Boxstarter 2.8.12 636 Thursday, April 21, 2016 approved
Boxstarter 2.8.0 709 Friday, April 15, 2016 approved
Boxstarter 2.7.0 1441 Sunday, April 3, 2016 approved
Boxstarter 2.6.41 3330 Sunday, February 28, 2016 approved
Boxstarter 2.6.25 6165 Friday, December 18, 2015 approved
Boxstarter 2.6.20 190 Thursday, December 17, 2015 approved
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