There is a new package manager available for Windows 8.1, this allows the installation of Windows software with the Powershell command line.
Windows PowerShell Copyright (C) 2014 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Install-Package -name Chrome WARNING: Skipping package provider provider 'NuGet'-- missing required option 'Destination' The package 'xChrome' comes from a package source that is not marked as trusted. Are you sure you want to install software from 'https://msconfiggallery.cloudapp.net/api/v2/'? [Y] Yes [N] No [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "Y"): y Name Version Status Source Summary ---- ------- ------ ------ ------- xChrome 1.0.0 Installed https://msc...
The above example is installing Chrome. But there is other software available. This could revolutionize the process of setting up a Windows machine if it could be scripted, then you could just run a script and install all of your favorite software easily.
Find-Package cmdlet to list all available packages for installation. This will return quite a long list, but hopefully this list will be longer soon.