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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install WinHotKey, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade WinHotKey, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall WinHotKey, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:

📝 NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade winhotkey -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade winhotkey -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" 

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install winhotkey
    name: winhotkey
    version: ''
    state: present

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'winhotkey' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  ''

See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller winhotkey
    Name     = "winhotkey"
    Version  = ""
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'winhotkey':
  ensure   => '',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 02 Sep 2016.


WinHotKey allows you to assign "hot keys" that do various things. Actions that can be done with a hotkey are:

  • Launch a Program
  • Open a document
  • Open a folder
  • Automatically type something (Sorry, this feature doesn't work on Vista, Windows 7, or later)
  • Control other windows on the screen

The main goal of this tool is to be easy to use. There are many other hotkey programs out there, but most of them do not provide a sufficient level of "ease of use". This walks the user through the options, while remaining a powerful tool.

When running, the program sits in the system tray. Double-clicking on the system tray icon will bring up the main window.

; wait for uninstaller to start
sleep 5000
while (true)
	; if uninstaller is running kill everything that has to do with winhotkey. else it opens on its own and waits to be closed.
	Process, Exist, unins000.exe
	IF (!ErrorLevel= 0)
	Process, Close, WinHotKey.exe
	Process, Close, WinHotKeyCfg.exe
	sleep, 1000
$packageName = 'winhotkey'
$fileType = 'exe'
$scriptPath = Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
$ahkFile = "$scriptPath\killwinhotkey.ahk"
$registryPath32 = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinHotKey_is1'
$registryPathWow6432 = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinHotKey_is1'

if (Test-Path $registryPath32) {
$registryPath = $registryPath32

if (Test-Path $registryPathWow6432) {
$registryPath = $registryPathWow6432

if ($registryPath) {
$uninstallString = (Get-ItemProperty -Path $registryPath -Name 'UninstallString').UninstallString

if ($uninstallString) {
Start-Process 'AutoHotkey' $ahkFile
Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage $packageName $fileType $silentArgs $uninstallString
$packageName = 'winhotkey'
$fileType = 'exe'
$url = '' 
Install-ChocolateyPackage $packageName $fileType $silentArgs $url -Checksum 0db56e24fbb0732cff06d7186d9a507cb026989d61d5a1e19c45497ba36b12fa -ChecksumType 'sha256'

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WinHotKey 0.70 424 Tuesday, December 30, 2014 Approved
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