MSIX Supported Features by OS Version

February 26th, 2019 - Tuesday

Written by Bogdan Mitrache


Building an MSIX package for your app? Use the table below to check what Windows version you can target, depending on the features you are using.

To avoid repeating Windows 10 through the entire table, we’ll use the update short name. Functionality not present in this table is considered to be available on all supported Windows 10 versions.

NoteThe MSIX support was officially released with the Windows 10, 1809 update. Support for previous Windows versions was added later on, requiring the latest version of the AppInstaller app from Microsoft

MSIX Features & ToolingMinimum OS VersionNotes
MSIX self extraction, no containerizationWindows 7
AppInstaller (GUI)1709
PowerShell Cmdlets1709
Auto-updates1709
PSF Fixups1709
allowElevation flag1809Works if the Win32 app has the execution level set to requireAdministrator.
ForceUpdateFromAnyVersion flag1809Enables downgrade scenarios
Modification Packages1809
Microsoft Store Publishing1809
Windows 10 S (device targeting)1809
MSIX Bundles1809MSIX bundles are not supported on 1709 and 1803. Developers looking to build packages compatible with these Windows versions can leverage the .appxbundle technology.
Fonts1803
NT Servicesn\a
Scriptingn\a
Driversn\a
Configurable Container Leveln\aPresented by Microsoft at Ignite 2018 as a future feature.


Learn more about the MSIX format by reading our MSIX Tutorial: A comprehensive 24-chapter guide.

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