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I'd like to use PowerShell to get a list of available applications in the Software Center, and then pick the ones I wish to install on a local computer with a PowerShell script.

What I have tried:

So far I only managed to find a piece of script on the internet, that shows how to list software that is or has been installed on the computer:
PowerShell
Get-WmiObject -Namespace "root\ccm\ClientSDK" -Class CCM_Application | where {$_.Name -like "Applications name here"}

From there I can choose to reinstall that software, if it's on the list.
However, it needs to have been installed before if above code is to work. If I want to list and install software from the Software Center that has not been installed on the computer yet, like if it's a fresh Windows installation, then the above script will not show any applications listed in PowerShell even though they are available in the Software Center and even though I can see them (fx. Firefox, Zoom Video and VLC Player) in the Software Center GUI if I start it up.
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Updated 30-Mar-21 6:30am
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Jo_vb.net 30-Mar-21 13:42pm
   
This article seems to be something where you could start from:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/scripting/samples/working-with-software-installations?view=powershell-7.1
Dave Kreskowiak 30-Mar-21 13:56pm
   
That and look at the documentation for the CCM_Application class, here[^], and notice there is an Install method that you can call through WMI.
httitb 30-Mar-21 14:17pm
   
Thanks to both of you. I'll make sure to check out those articles and continue from there.

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