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Not sure if you guys are like me, and constantly re-installing your OS, or refreshing old equipment, but one of the longest steps can be getting the latest version of all your software downloaders, installers, updaters, etc, and running through them one-by-one. If you want to speed that task up, this site will save you loads of time:

http://ninite.com/

You simply check which of the software you want to install from a list of about 70 browsers, anti-virus, media players, readers, etc. (such as Firefox, RealVNC, Java, Adobe Reader, Avast). Once selected, you simply click "Get Installer", and Ninite will create a single installer to download and install all of the software at once. The installers will then run with defaults, and no user interaction needed. The installers will even disable the typical bundled "freeware", so you don't accidentally end up with 20 "coupon buddy" browser-toolbars, or anything like that.

You can also save the installer off and re-run it on other machines. If you already have the software installed, running the Ninite installer again will automatically update software to the latest versions.

Anyway, thought I'd share. I've been using it like crazy for the last few months, and have yet to find an issue with it. The only exception may be if you want to select specific, non-standard install options for a particular app, (like choosing a different install drive), but you can always install those apps separately.

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Also ---- I got tired of having 20 "updaters" launch at bootup (one for Chrome, Adobe, Skype, Java, etc...). There's also those apps that only update if you go to the website and manually re-download and re-install the latest versions (VLC).

When you download a "ninite" file per the above, you can re-run it anytime you want. It will automatically update the applications that are out of date, and ignore the ones that are up to date. So I decided to perform the following:

1.) Disable Auto-Updates and "Start with Windows" from every Ninite-available application possible. I used CC Cleaner (or manually if you know how) to disable the startup scripts that don't show up in option menus.

2.) Create a Ninite download with all of the applications I use, and saved it to My Documents.

3.) Fired up Windows Task Scheduler. Created a job that executes the Ninite file in My Documents weekly. Works like a charm!
That is the first website I go to after installing chrome. Best thing ever Smile
But you can install Chrome from Ninite!

I agree though, especially if you're doing a new PC build, and want to refresh the OS a few times.
I forgot about this! Thank you for posting Smile
Awesome program, pinned to the top of the forums Smile
Huzzah! Forever immortalized in the eternal archives of this forum!

But yeah, great tool for frequent and/or new PC builders.
I will have to start using it for updates and future upgrades.


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Just wanted to add another nice usage. I got tired of having 20 "updaters" launch at bootup (one for Chrome, Adobe, Skype, Java, etc...). There's also those apps that only update if you go to the website and manually re-download and re-install the latest versions (VLC).

When you download a "ninite" file per the above, you can re-run it anytime you want. It will automatically update the applications that are out of date, and ignore the ones that are up to date. So I decided to perform the following (adding to the OP as well):

1.) Disable Auto-Updates and "Start with Windows" from every Ninite-available application possible. I used CC Cleaner (or manually if you know how) to disable the startup scripts that don't show up in option menus.

2.) Create a Ninite download with all of the applications I use, and saved it to My Documents.

3.) Fired up Windows Task Scheduler. Created a job that executes the Ninite file in My Documents weekly. Works like a charm! Mission sort-of Accomplished!

I don't know why Windows hasn't just sorted this out yet. Be like my Smart Phone already.