WinSCP is available for installation from Microsoft Store for $9.99.
- Benefits of installing WinSCP from Microsoft Store
- Is WinSCP from Microsoft Store the same?
- Transitioning from Classic Installation
- Why it's not free?
When you install WinSCP from Microsoft Store, the store makes sure that you always have the latest version of WinSCP installed, without any intervention.
Also, when you have your applications installed from Microsoft Store, it makes it very easy to restore them, when you get a new machine or when you are reinstalling your current one.
WinSCP binaries in Microsoft Store are identical to those in classic installer.
There are few small differences in the application behavior though.
- The obvious one being, that all manual update functions are hidden.
- Microsoft Store applications cannot install shell extensions, so WinSCP needs to use an alternative method to determine a drop location, when you drag remote files to Windows Explorer.
If you already have a classic installation of WinSCP, installing WinSCP from Microsoft Store keeps your previous installation intact. WinSCP installed from Microsoft Store will inherit configuration of the classic installation. Also in case you later add a new stored site in the classic installation, it will make it to the Microsoft Store installation too. But not the other way around.
If you ever decide to move back to classic installation and you want to preserve your settings from Microsoft Store installation, you can just transfer the configuration, as if you were moving it to another machine.
When you use a classic installer of free WinSCP, you first need to visit this web site, where you see ads (and maybe they offer something you like and you follow them), you also see our pledge for a donation. Later, when you run the installer, you again see our pledge for a donation, and you may see an offer from a release sponsor. All these add up and allow us to fund development and distribution of free WinSCP.
When you use Microsoft Store, you bypass all of the above. So please consider buying WinSCP from Microsoft Store as a form of a donation. You may actually even prefer this way of donating, in case you do not want to sign up for PayPal. And with Microsoft Store, you get even more seamless updates, than automatic upgrades that WinSCP donors have.
If you do not want to pay, feel free to download free classic installer.