I’ve used, reviewed, and discarded, a mix of free “One Shot” installer applications – applications which download and install multiple user selected applications, in one pass. The only keeper from the 5 or 6 I’ve looked at is, Ninite .
Since I dedicated a machine to run with Windows 8, a few weeks ago (which has run flawlessly, BTW), I finally got to the point where it was time to install a few of my favorite applications and, of course, I turned to Ninite to get the job done.
I choose to download, and install, the following applications – Chrome, ThunderBird, Google Talk, Glary Utilities, Revo Uninstaller, Songbird and TrueCrypt.
A small downloader (248 KB) – launched from my download folder, started the download and install process – as shown in the following screen capture.
Within a very few minutes (less than 4 minutes), the applications were installed (as shown in Windows 8 Metro UI), and ready to run. And, that’s the “jaw dropping” part – 4 minutes to download and install 7!!!, applications. Wicked!
Windows – Just a small sampling of what’s available.
If you’re a Linux user (and, I’m a dual booter), you haven’t been forgotten.
Linux – What’s available.
No Clicking Next – Ninite fully automates installers off-screen.
No Toolbars – Ninite automatically says “No” to toolbars and other junk.
Always Up-to-date – A Ninite installer always gets an app’s latest version no matter when you made it.
It Updates Too – Just run your Ninite installer again and it will update the apps to their latest versions.
No Signup – Ninite just works. No account, signup, or client needed.
32 and 64-bit – Ninite installs the best version of an app for your PC.
International – Ninite installs apps in your PC’s language.
If you’re the kind of geek who’s into helping less experienced users – this is a terrific way to help them install the freeware applications that you know, through experience, are a “must have”. Best of all, once the installer is activated Ninite does the rest – automatically and in the background.
System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 (x64 support).
Go to: Ninite site
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