Manage and install software with AllMyApps, an appstore for Windows [Windows]

If you’re not planning on upgrading to Windows 8, you’ll miss out on what’s probably my #1 feature: the Windows Store. Luckily, there are alternatives. AllMyApps is a free and great appstore for older versions of Windows.

AllMyApps is a great appstore. It’s designed as a Metro app for the desktop, and looks absolutely stunning. After signing up for a mandatory account, you’ll be presented with a list of your currently installed apps, and a screen allowing you to search for new apps.

If any apps need updates, AllMyApps will notify you as soon as it notices. You can also browse for new apps: they’re split into categories, and each category contains from a couple hundred to several thousand apps. You can download them from directly within AllMyApps.

Another short note is that the AllMyApps Chrome extension, which is entirely optional, replaces the Chrome new tab page with its own. AllMyApps is a great little appstore for Windows. It’s a great way to manage and install apps, and is totally free for anyone to use.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.5.0.2

Supported OS: Windows

Download size: 3.4MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

AllMyApps homepage

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  • Janet

    @Robert from Boston:

    Classic Shell is a very specific FREE program:

    There are MANY apps with similar names! I tried all I could find a few years ago and chose this one hands down. [ I don’t Think “Start Menu X Pro” is related. ]

    I uninstalled it (to upgrade) and found I still had the infinite-level cascading—perhaps from some other tweaker(???).

  • @Janet:

    Thanks for the response, Janet.

    Enabling “Open submenus when I pause over them with the mouse” only gets one sub-level to show for me, doesn’t go any deeper.

    You mentioned that you may have gotten the cascading behavior via Classic Shell’s settings. Dunno if you were referring to a third-party program “Classic Shell”, but by coincidence, I see that the GiveawayOfTheDay today is made by a company that DID make a program called “Classic Start Menu”. The program they’re offering today is called “Start Menu X Pro”, and looks pretty good. Their web site mentions that they don’t modify any system files, which is nice. I like to keep the system relatively conventional, for simplicity/troubleshooting reasons (tho I am running RollbackRx, which is pretty out-of-the-ordinary).

    Just thought I’d give you a heads up about that Giveaway, in case you weren’t aware of it and wanted to check it out…


  • Janet

    @Robert from Boston:

    Third folder: ProgramData. But you are correct–ALSO the two directories under both [Username] and [AllUsers]. I left them all where they are. I intuitively feel I would rather have program data for each program in its program’s folder on D, but I never did make that change, having no idea whether that would slow things down or speed things up. The main reason, however, is because these files appear in several places–All Users, User, and who-knows-where else…:-)…

    I built up my Start Menu folder from scratch. R-click the All Programs field in the Start Menu and L-click on Open. This opens your [User] Start Menu folder in Windows Explorer. (I put ALL programs in [User] because this is the menu that automatically opens when you open Start.) Then create a folder for each category you want. Add subfolders if you wish. Then just drag your desired shortcuts from the various program folders (be sure to make shortcuts–not copies!). You can drag shortcuts for e.g., manuals as well as the program .exe’s. My Start menu is actually much better organized than my D: because you can keep improving it by adding and moving subfolders and entries by dragging–which you cannot do with your program folders on your D, as many programs will not function if you change their location via Explorer (as opposed to uninstalling and reinstalling).

    To get cascading from a mouse hover may have been achieved with Classic Shell’s Start Menu Settings or possibly just from: R-click on Taskbar>Properties>Start Menu>Customize. Halfway down I have checked: “Open submenus when I point on them with the mouse pointer”. I did it a long time ago.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THIS IS FOR Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit!!

  • @Janetb:

    Janet —

    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply to the questions I posed last week! Greatly appreciated.

    As these things often go, your answer brings up a couple other questions. I have the feeling I should have tried to start another “topic” for this line of questions, but oh well, Ashraf seems to be even-tempered & not likely to banish me for continuing right here…

    First, you mentioned in your reply that you didn’t change the location of any of the *THREE* default Win 7 Program File locations. Hmmm… okay, we have “Program Files”, “Program Files (x86)” and… ??? And what?? There’s a third Program Files location?? Are you referring to those two directories under both [Username] and [AllUsers]? But that would be FOUR locations, not three. Okay, I give up, what are the “three” Program Files locations??

    Next up: how do you get your directory structure to show up in your Start Menu? Just displaying “My Computer” there as a menu rather than as a link just gives the user immediate access to the first level of the directory structure (ie, it will show top-level divisions C:, D:, E:, etc.) — but doesn’t let you go deeper down in the directory structure with a mere mouse hover. What’s your trick to get a mouse-hover to reflect a full directory tree??

    Again, thanks for your time in responding. The discussion here might be useful for a lot of people, sorry it’s buried here in the “All My Apps” topic, but hopefully a few other people will find it and benefit from it…

    My interest in this is probably similar to yours and to some others, namely keeping the partition that the operating system is installed on separated from user data as much as possible to minimize possible negative consequences from possibly having to re-install the OS at some time in the future, and secondly, just to keep the size of my C: partition as lean as possible so that partition backups/images are kept to a manageable size.

    I may still investigate re-locating my username/appdata directory to my D: partition as well. You wouldn’t happen to have any experience with that by any chance, would you??


  • Janetb

    @Robert from Boston:

    Hi Robert,

    ” but maybe you left the default install location as it is, and just decline to use the default location and specify your own different location during the install process of each program. Is that what you do — you didn’t bother with changing the “default” location, just choose a different one?”

    Correct. Did not change the location of any of the three Windows default Programs folders. There would be no point in changing the default install location–the whole idea is to have each program in the proper category, so each time you install you choose the appropriate folder. I thus always choose Custom install when given the option. Any app that for any reason may NEED to be on C just doesn’t give you the option to choose another location on the install. If it lets you Browse to a desired location, then it is (obviously) OK.

    No side effects. Appears in all lists of installed programs, updates fine, full-functioning, no problems. As a matter of fact, when I go to install a later version of a program I already have installed, the program’s installer usually finds it in its subfolder (or sub-subfolder) on D without my having to tell it!

    Windows knows whether a program is 32 or 64-bit regardless of where it is located on the system.

    Just a reminder that wherevever you install it, you can’t move it to another location by dragging–you would have to uninstall it from the old location and reinstall to the new location.

    Another tip: I have the same folder tree in my Start menu under “All Programs” as in my D, so I can open any program instantly by only hovering (subfolders cascade) and one click. So if I hover to the correct folder topic, I often find a program better suited to my particular need than the one I was originally planning to open because shortcuts to all similar/related apps are together there!

    Good Luck!

  • @Janet:

    Hi Janet (or Ashraf or anyone else who can answer this WITH CERTAINTY…

    I just learned about Ninite today, by chance, prolly won’t use it myself unless my pc tanks completely somehow and I have to re-install Windows, but it would be useful for a friend who is freshly re-installing Win 7. When I came across Ninite I thought ah-ha, THIS would be a good program for Ashraf to check out and share with his readers – but it seems he’s way ahead of me on that (of course, lol).

    Anyway… what caught my eye about your post was your mention of keeping your program files on a separate D partition. I’m wondering if that messes up Windows in any way, since Windows wants to default to the same partition where the Windows OS is installed.

    I used to have a separate, additional Program Files directory on a separate partition on my old XP system, but was under the impression that Win 7 didn’t like having the default installation location changed for some reason. I’ve read some descriptions of how to change the default location of the Program Files directory (and some other default directories if wanted), but the methods range from seemingly over simple (make 4 registry changes to the keys that identify the paths for four Program Files – related entries) to a very complex procedure involving using a number of different tools (take a look at if you want to read some frightening instructions – really!). And of course there’s always the comments from others that “no, that doesn’t do it correctly, you have to do blah blah blah instead…”, which just adds more confusion to the mix.

    As I’m writing this message right now, two things are occurring to me. The first thought is that perhaps you didn’t actually change the DEFAULT location of your Program Files folder (and Program Files (x86 also, right — or did you do this on a 32-bit system?), but maybe you left the default install location as it is, and just decline to use the default location and specify your own different location during the install process of each program. Is that what you do — you didn’t bother with changing the “default” location, just choose a different one?

    The second thought is I’m wondering if you did indeed NOT change the default location, but just make sure to install to your D partition location during each install, are there any “side effects” of this, like your installed programs not being listed in the list when you go to uninstall them, or not updating properly or anything like that??

    And what about the 32-bit programs needing “translation” on a 64-bit system, if you move their location — doesn’t that get messed up??

    If you (Janet) or anyone else who is absolutely sure about this could give me some feedback about this, I would REALLY appreciate it.


  • Buntydee

    Toolbars! I almost downloaded till I saw #5..Thanx for the warning.
    By the way: Ashraf- the WEBSITE LOOK IS EXCELLENT! Pleasing to the eye & CREATIVE.

  • chump2010

    What I find annoying about this application is that it will install the toolbars and so forth as well, unlike say ninite. So although it does everything for you in terms of installing and updating, it also installs toolbars. So would rather stick with ninite, even though it has far fewer applications.

  • fermier

    true, was stunned. had to lie down for a while afterwards.

  • kelltic

    OK. I figured out why an account it needed.

  • kelltic

    Haha. Like Janet, I wondered who wouldn’t already know what apps are installed on their computer and where to find them.

    I wonder why an account is “mandatory”. Had to laugh again when I came to the part that says: “It’s designed as a Metro app for the desktop, and looks absolutely stunning.” Hahahahahahahaha. Well, I like to start my day with a good laugh.

  • Janet

    Seems funny to me that someone would not know where their apps are….:-)….I have all my apps on D: APPLICATIONS, divided and sub-divided into categories. For someone who does not do this, don’t all your apps go to Programs? In any case, you can see all your apps and where they are in RevoUninstaller, which many (most?) of us have (or in all other uninstallers and many utilities). As for as updating, most of my apps are giveaways, so updating is a no-no…:-)…..