Install Quick Assist during OOBE

In this blog post, I’ll outline the steps for installing Quick Assist within the Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE).

What is Quick Assist?

Quick Assist is a Microsoft Store application that enables a person to share their device with another person over a remote connection.

Your support staff can use it to remotely connect to a user’s device and then view its display, make annotations, or take full control.

It is a useful tool for troubleshooting, diagnosing technological issues, and providing instructions to users directly on their devices.

All that’s required to use Quick Assist is suitable network and internet connectivity.

If you want to learn more click Here.

Get the current QuickAssist install files

Quick Assist comes preinstalled on Windows 10 and Windows 11 machines by default, but the installed version is outdated and not suitable for use.

To obtain the latest artifacts from the Microsoft Store, visit this page and input the link “”.

Windows Store Install

Download the following files:

  • MicrosoftCorporationII.QuickAssist_2023.1003.1629.0neutral~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.appxbundle
  • Microsoft.VCLibs.140.00.UWPDesktop_14.0.32530.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe.appx

Upload them in a location accessible to everyone for download, such as on GitHub, Azure Blob Storage or OneDrive.

Prepare the QuickAssist download script

if (Test-Path -Path "$env:TEMP\QuickAssist") { Remove-Item -Path "$env:TEMP\QuickAssist" -Recurse -Force }
New-Item -Path "$env:TEMP\QuickAssist" -ItemType Directory -Force

$splat = @{
    Uri     = ''
    OutFile = "$env:TEMP\QuickAssist\QuickAssist.AppxBundle"
Invoke-WebRequest @splat

$splat = @{
    Uri     = ''
    OutFile = "$env:TEMP\QuickAssist\VCLibs.Appx"
Invoke-WebRequest @splat

Add-AppPackage -Path "$env:TEMP\QuickAssist\VCLibs.Appx"
Add-AppxPackage -Path "$env:TEMP\QuickAssist\QuickAssist.AppxBundle"
$Package = Get-AppxPackage -Name 'MicrosoftCorporationII.QuickAssist'
Start-Process 'explorer.exe' -ArgumentList "shell:AppsFolder\$($Package.PackageFamilyName)!App"

Save this script and place it in a location accessible to everyone for download, such as on GitHub, Azure Blob Storage or OneDrive. To streamline the script download and creation process for both users and yourself, think about utilizing a link shortener like Bitly.

The user simply uses SHIFT + (FN) + F10 to launch the command prompt and enter:

Invoke-WebRequest -Uri <your bitly link> | Invoke-Expression

Install Quick Assist End User

Assist the end user

Execute Quick Assist on your end and click on “Help Someone”

Help Someone

Sign in with a Microsoft account to receive a code that you can then share with the end user.

Help Someone 2

The user inputs the code and clicks “Submit.”

Help Someone 2

The user can recognize the connecting individual and choose to click “Allow.”

Connection from the user side

The supporter receives a wait screen

Connection from the supporter side

If the connection is established

Connection is established

To gain control of the end user’s device, the supporter can click on “Request Control.”

Request Control

The end user will receive a request to authorize the supporter’s full control and give consent.

Request Control

Click on “Leave” to end the support session.

A script with similar functionality is available on the PowerShell Gallery (Invoke-Quickassist). At the time of writing this blog post it only works reliably on Windows 10 but not on Windows 11.

That’s It. Thank you for reading.

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