I have many different customers that basically need the same/similar base of win32 apps in Microsoft Intune. Entering the apps each time with the intunewin file, the name, the publisher, installation commands, etc. is unsatisfactory work.
So, it would be great to have the win32 App deployment automated, right?
That's why I created a repository with a software list and a PowerShell script that automates the win32 app deployment.

An advanced version of the script can be found here: The "Intune Win32 Deployer" | scloud

I have stored the code of the PowerShell script, an example CSV including repository, on my GitHub:

(The upload script is in the folder "_UploadWin32App")

Table of Contents


Software CSV

The CSV software list contains vital parameters for win32 apps: name, description, install/uninstall command, 'runs as,' and optional dependencies. I intentionally left out recognition rules and compatibility. I employ a custom script for recognition, ensuring compatibility with 64-bit and Windows 2004 or higher, yielding positive outcomes. The list and script can be further extended using the CSV.

Sample CSV

7-Zip;7-Zip ist ein Packprogramm;%SystemRoot%\sysnative\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -command .\install.ps1;%SystemRoot%\sysnative\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -command .\uninstall.ps1;system
Code language: CSS (css)

Win32 Repository

In my repository, each program is in a folder with the program name analogous to the software list. This folder contains the files required for the installation and uninstallation routine (usually instal.ps1 and uninstall.ps1), a check.ps1 (detection rule) and a PNG with the program name. In addition, I immediately created the intunewin file in order to be able to carry out manual uploads or updates from the repo.

The folder content of such a win32 app using the example 7-Zip looks like this:

win32 app Beispiel 7-Zip

I documented how my win32 applications are structured in a previous blog post: my take on win32 apps - Intune

PowerShell Script/Automation

The automation is based on PowerShell with the module "Microsoft.Graph.Intune" and "IntuneWin32App". You can find the script here.

The modules can be installed via PowerShell as admin:

Install-Module IntuneWin32App -Force
Install-Module Microsoft.Graph.Intune -ForceCode language: PowerShell (powershell)

The structure and flow of the script is:

  • Import module and read in initial variables (tenant prefix and software repository)
win32 automated - initial variable
  • Connection to tenant and login
win32 automated - login
  • Reading in the CSV (Software-list.csv from the repository)
  • Selection of the apps to be imported using a grid view (one or more possible)
win32 automated - application selection
  • Creation and upload of the selected apps
    • update connection
    • Read Intunewin file
    • Read display name
    • Create detection rule (always check.ps1)
    • Set system requirements (x64 and Windows 10 2004+)
    • Set display image
    • Upload the app with parameters
    • Wait 15 seconds to avoid being blocked by Azure
      (The waiting time prevents a blockage from Azure)
win32 automated - processing application
  • If there is a dependency:
    • Check whether this already exists in the MEM.
    • If not, upload using the parameters from the CSV
    • Add dependency
win32 automated - dependency
  • That's it! You have automated the upload of your win32 app.
    The application is in MEM with all variables, the icon and the dependency according to CSV.
win32 automated - result

App Assignment (tip)

The script itself does not assign the applications to any group.
In order to be able to implement the assignment quickly and not have to open every app again in the MEM, I use the Intune for Education Portal. The portal has been specially developed for schools and is only advertised for them. However, it is possible to access the Intune for Education portal from any tenant using the correct URL: https://intuneeducation.portal.azure.com

  • We can then use this to select a group and edit/select the assigned apps.
Intune for education - app assigment
  • The apps are then assigned with one click.
intune for education - app assigment

Attention: If an app is deselected in a group, it is automatically set to "uninstall".

Windows Sandbox

It happens to me several times that modules cannot be used properly because they conflict with another or a specific version. That's why I use a preconfigured sandbox for the deployments, which installs the current modules with a double click and starts the script.

I've wrote about this in this previous post "Pre-installed PowerShell modules in Windows Sandbox"
You can find the corresponding sandbox file including PowerShell in my GitHub repo:
scloud/Windows-Sandbox/win32-automated at main · FlorianSLZ/scloud (github.com)


I've automated the win32 app deployment in Microsoft Intuner. Utilize my GitHub repository for efficient distribution using the 'Intune Win32 Deployer' script. It imports, connects, selects apps, creates, uploads, handles dependencies, and assigns apps via Intune for Education Portal