Somehow I missed this Ed Bott post from back in May about Ninite.com, but now that I’ve seen it, I’m making a note of it for future reference. Next time I get a new Windows box, or get asked about software someone should install on a new PC, I can create an installer for them!
Here’s how Ninite works:
You visit Ninite.com and click check boxes to select one or more programs from the categorized list.
When you’re finished, click the big green Get Installer button and wait while the Ninite back end builds an installer that targets the correct versions (32-bit or 64-bit, XP or Windows 7, and so on).
Download that installer, run it, and let Ninite do the work of downloading the files and silently installing them in the background. It automatically refuses any toolbars or other third-party software that the regular installer runs.
When it finishes (very quickly, in my experience), you’ll find the shortcuts to your newly installed programs on the Start menu, where you can run them and go through any required initial setup steps.
It really is that simple.
Anyone out there used Ninite yet? I’m looking forward to checking it out.
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