If you build computers or work with fresh operating system installs a lot, ninite creates a single executable that installs any number of open source programs you choose from browsers, to chat, developer tools and media players. Beyond handy.
Ninite is the perfect website for installing many common programs on a new or freshly wiped computer. It's always up-to-date, and automatically denies every "want-our-toolbar"-like option.
I'm not sure how well known it is, but https://ninite.com/ is amazing when setting up a fresh install of windows. You just pick a bunch of common programs (chrome, skype, steam, notepad++, etc.), download one executable, run it, and it downloads and installs all of the programs you selected.
In what I've witnessed, don't download anything if you don't know how to uncheck the "download this bullshit toolbar" box.
Edit: /u/John2143658709 pointed out a great program called Unchecky. I highly recommend it for those relatives that have a few new toolbars every time you visit.
Edit 2: As a lot of you have pointed out, Ninite is also a helpful program.
It automates installation of selected software. If run again it will update the same software.
It's a fantastic time saver for anybody who has to deal with freshly installed windows machines.
/u/spez: this = the
I love https://ninite.com/
It lets you save a custom installer that includes free and essential software like Chrome / Firefox, Winrar, various audio codecs and players, programmer tools, OpenOffice and more. It makes fresh windows installs so much less painful and is as easy as can be.
Ninite is not a piece of software but a website that allows you to download many of the applications you typically need on a new / recently formatted computer, all at once, without any risks or problems or hidden bloatware or toolbars or any other shit.
Got a new computer or had to reinstall your operating system? Use Ninite to quickly install a lot of common, frequently used programs at once! Just pick the programs that you need and Ninite will give you an easy installer that installs them all for you.
What's considered small?
Not enough people know to use ninite.com so by some scale it's small. If ninite has it, you should probably use ninite to install and to update it.
~~Very different type of site, but massdrop.com just gets better the more people who use it. Users there vote in what products they like, then massdrop contacts the vendor and uses large audience size to get lower prices. The more people who use it, the better it becomes.~~
Edit: I originally suggested massdrop, though I've only had one experience with them. Their business model intrigued me and I thought it'd get better the more people who used their service. Though my only experience of them was good, it was just a single incident. Comments & PMs from other people who've used the site have now made me leery of them, so I'll retract my recommendation of them. I stand by my other site recommendation though, I'm a sysadmin by trade and ninite is solid through and through.
Ninite.com is a great alternative to typical software repository sites.
Select all the programs you want, download the installer, then run it to automatically install (or update) all of those programs simultaneously. It also opts out of all the toolbars and bullshit that plague free software.
Warning: You can't choose what drive it downloads to (SSD vs HDD). It will download to whatever your OS is on (usually the C: drive.) This may be a problem with people with small 120 GB SSDs like me who have to micromanage their downloads to go to their HDD to save room for the games.
Use https://ninite.com/ for all your software installs. It will save you hours on an fresh OS install and not install any of the BS/malware/adware. Run the download again and it will update all the stuff it installed originally.
For Windows, ninite is pretty good. It seems to work best if you are using it on a new system, I had a problem with it when I already had Firefox installed and tried to use a ninite installer that included Firefox. Linux distributions are already far ahead of this with their package managers, but Microsoft is supposed to be working on a similar concept for Windows.
My grandmother bought a new laptop rather than let me or my father tune her old one up. Not two weeks later I get a call saying that her laptop is running slow. I grab my USB of magical antivirus/malware programs and drive over.
I start with just letting windows defender do it's thing, finds nothing. Ok, malwarebytes now. I go make a sandwich while it's running, and come back to 30 - ugh. 3057 malicious files on her TWO WEEK OLD DEVICE. I still can't grasp how she did that.
Edit: since people were asking, the contents of my magical computer healing stick:
Defender comes pre-installed on Windows machines now, but I have Avast as a backup as there's a lot of malware that disables defender. Malware is more common than hard viruses on the machines of incompetent users IME, and I use Malwarebytes for that. Great program, malware database is updated often, scans in all the right places. If it's a heavily infected machine I run Spybot to check for spyware. I also tend to give it a quick tidy-up with CCleaner afterward.
Most of these programs have versions that can run straight off a flash drive, no installation on the infected machine required.
I also have a Ninite setup to install security programs in case I think the machine needs it.
I usually use NiNite to install essential programs that I use on the day to day. It's useful program that lets you handle the process in one go. Can also pick which programs you want and don't want. https://ninite.com
>We install and update over 500,000 programs each day for millions of home users and Ninite Pro subscribers like NASA, Harvard Medical School, and Tupperware.
Best of all they do it without the obligatory bloatware.
If you reinstall windows for people regularly or setup new computers, it can combine almost every common utility and program you may need to download into a single batch installer. skips all of the stupid tick boxes that keep programs from installing extra shit etc. I wish more people knew about it.
Ninite.com for free install and update management in Windows. No hassle, no junkware, safe and easy for multiple downloads, installs and updates of basically every popular app. What's not to like?
Welcome ! :D No precise parts, only a few advice for your new life:
That's it for the hardware. now the software:
Cheers ! :D
That is not needed
TIPS TO CLEAN A NEW PC
Download/Install Revo Uninstaller, You can use https://ninite.com/ - 7zip, ImgBurn, SumatraPDF, OpenOffice, VLC Media Player are also good
Once Revo is installed, use that to uninstall unwanted programs.
What Revo does is not only uninstall the program like Norton but also removed all the files related to in the root directories which does not happen with a general uninstall. Norton really is like a Virus so it is important to do this.
You can also uninstall pretty much everything else also if you like, save the Microsoft certified programs, rest are not necessary but use your own judgement.
Type "Msconfig" in Windows Search/Run, Go to Startup Tab, if it tells you to open new Window, click on that(windows 10).
You can disable pretty much everything, only enable something like "Realtek Audio", etc. Turn off stuff like Skype.
Now when your PC turns on it won't take 30 minutes to boot up, this is also great for PC users with old computers. I bet most people who read this will have 20+ startup programs running.
For Users of Older PC's or even new ones
Go to http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/index.aspx
Go through your Programs list in Revo Uninstaller.
Search each program in Should I Remove it, You will likely have 5-10 virus programs with an old PC.
Pick and Choose as Needed. I usually get:
Last 4 aren't on Ninite but easy enough to find. Once I get all that installed and everything updated to the newest version and logged in.. I create a backup/System Restore Point
Awesome website, lets you bundle up links to installers for multiple programs all into one self-contained/running file, that, when run, will batch-install all the included programs.
it's a prebuilt so.....
#1 rid this device of manufacturer crapware
#2 use shutup10++ in order to kindly tell windows to stop spying on you
#3 use ninite to deploy the basic apps without having to look for them
https://ninite.com/ this website creates a single customisable download package that includes a selection of essential software of your choice such as browsers, Skype, Java, iTunes etc. Really useful if you're in a hurry or want to save half an hour.
Ninite is a website that lets you install and update multiple programs at once. It's a god send for when you've bought a new PC or OS. It doesn't have an encyclopedic list of programs but the core necessities are there. So handy to immediately get Chrome, WinRar, VLC and Steam when you're starting fresh. ~~If it has one fault it's that~~ it doesn't offer a download for Internet Explorer.
Even better, if they are not the type to install things easily, can use https://ninite.com/ to generate an install package (which can do teamviewer) in an easy option free install... for those who don't like installing things and picking options
Because their business model is clear - make a really handy, free consumer product to gain reputation, then sell a very similar enterprise product that adds a some features which are really handy to IT departments that manage a lot of machines and price it in a way that makes it a no-brainer compared to the employee time it saves.
Another option that I'm incredibly fond of is Ninite. Let's you install multiple packages as well. No bloatware included. Fantastic for pushing out to a lot of machines over the network as well. Plus, you only need to generate an installer once as it will download the most recent versions of the packages from the Ninite cloud each time you run the installer. Very nifty.
Edit: Random addendum: for those of you in the MSP business that may or may not use Kaseya, their "Software Deployment" module is Ninite. They charge a shit-ton for their licenses though, so I'd recommend managing Ninite separately. Save some $$$ ;)
f.lux (reduces eye strain at night)
SVP (interpolation software for mediaplayers, makes 24fps movies run at 60fps or higher.)
Unchecky (Software that automatically unchecks spam/adware in installers, and gives you a warning if accidently have one checked)
Greenshot (better screenshotting software, standard settings works like snipping tool but with functions to instantly upload your screenshot to sites like imgur and more)
Classic start (puts back the start menu in Windows 8/8.1)
Steam (obvious reasons)
Geforce Experience (if you have a Nvidia GPU then this is great, mostly for the Shadowplay feature and easy driver updates)
Clover (adds browser like tabs and more to Windows Explorer) [this program might have some stability issues so just be warned about that, especially since you won't be able to refert to standard windows explorer if it decides to crash everytime you try to start it due to Control Panel using Clover if it's installed, although it should most of the time stop crashing if you restart or force close clover with task manager a few times.]
Taiga [for anime watchers] (automatically updates your animelists on sites like MAL if it detecs you are watching anime)
Notepad++ (it's basicly Notepad but superior in every way possible)
See https://ninite.com/ for a site to very easily download and install a lot of programs you would like on a new system, including some of the ones I named above. I'd recommend you select K-Lite codecs in it aswell since it gives you all the video codecs you need to watch videos, it also installes MPC-HC which is my video player of choice, although you can uninstall it if you prefer a different video player.
Here is what is happening.
As most of you know Blizzard is going to be launching a new expansion for WoW next week (Hype). This is a critical time for blizzard that may make or break WoW forever.
Now a bunch of 'hacker' groups have threatened blizzard with DDoS attackes for a while, pretty much blackmail, give us lots of money or we will ruin your login server. This is what happened 2 years ago with WoD; the game had 5 hour queues for weeks.
This tactic doesn't really work well most of the time for a lot of reasons.
1) Blizzard really do have some of the best in the business and can mitigate some of the issues IF they have server space to deal with it. (IE there are not suddenly 5 million more people playing WoW than this time last month + a bunch more people playing Karazan on HS)
2) Taking down blizzard's servers would not be a 'big' deal if it were just another week, but Blizz has A LOT riding on the next few weeks.
They are specifically going after login functionality because it is both easy to attack AND devastating to the company's users. It bottlenecks every player and causes huge latency elsewhere. Blizzard have everything riding on battle-net login and bringing down one login server cripples 6 major games.
Here is a brief (and a little dated) overview of how DDoS works
EDIT: I wanna quickly mention that Blizz really can do very little to stop these attacks as long as you have a static feature as part of your web-service (Like a login) then you are very vaunerable to DDoS. Wanna help Blizzard? Make sure your system in not a zombie-slave to these guys by running 2 of the free great security tools that can be found here.
Firs of all, you really need to have a proper formatting for a wall of text like that; https://pastebin.com/F3q9yKhj
I removed the uTorrent section, too much shady stuff has happened regarding that program.
Replaced reddit long link with short link.
.gdn with the official
.org link and added tor link. And also fixed your "piratesbay" typos.
Edited My Abandonware section to look more like the others.
TPB alternatives: RARBG, katcr.co
Snipping tool alternative: Gyazo. Works like Snipping but instantly uploads to interwebz for easy share.
Bitwarden alternative: LastPass - There're others as well but that's what I use.
Batterybar related: /r/Rainmeter
forum.snahp.it (/r/megalinks' new site)
Authy (Alternative for Google Authenticator) - Imo much better than Google Auth. Pin to unlock the app, encrypted cloud backups, multi-device
EDIT: Added Authy
EDIT2: There should be everything but I'm not 100% sure since you added stuff without edit-notes.
Not since I was shown the ways of Ninite. A (mostly) silent installer/updater that makes sure to install everything you want and nothing you don't. Running it after you have already used it to install programs will make it auto update all of those programs you had it install, and again make sure no junk gets thrown in there.
An absolute must in the IT world.
Using Ninite you can just select what you need and it'll automatically install them through their application. Aside from necessary drivers I would get the following:
Browsers: Chrome, Firefox
Security: Microsoft Essentials, Malwarebytes
Messaging: Skype, Discord (not on Ninite)
Media: VLC, foobar2000, Audacity, Handbrake. You may not need the last two but since I edit videos then it's handy.
Runtimes: Java 8
Developer Tools (may not be necessary): JDK x64 8, Eclipse, Putty
After you get your drivers and programs install I suggest making a clone of your drive because should you ever get a virus or malware that destroys your system, or you need a day 1 restart, you have the backup and you do not need to go through this tedious process again.
Ninite isn't free for commercial anymore.
>The free version of Ninite is only licensed for home use and as a trial for Ninite Pro. If you get paid for running Ninite (like in an IT department, PC shop, managed service provider, school, non-volunteer helpdesk, etc.) you must upgrade to Ninite Pro. https://ninite.com/terms
Ninite. Especially good if you're loading up a new computer.
Get one custom installer that will install the latest version of dozens of useful programs and utilities. VLC, Zoom, Discord, Chrome, TeamViewer, Dropbox, Blender, Steam, OpenOffice, and lots more.
For anyone that installs programs on a regular basis I recommend using Ninite . It automatically removes any extras from the install wizard, super useful after a Windows install
Get rid of mcafee, and any other bloatware.
AVG free antivirus 2016 is solid and get malwarebytes anti-malware, both free and they should be all you need.
You can get both here as well as any other popular utilities. https://ninite.com/
Ninite https://ninite.com/ if you are doing a fresh install of Windows.
Select the programs you want, download the installer, and it will automatically install everything while skipping any "external offers" like the ASK toolbar and it will update every program automatically whenever a new update becomes available.
Software: The operating system is a matter of preference. Most people use Windows. Some people like Macs. Linux is for savvy users. For actual programs, just use Ninite. Grab a browser, a doc editor, and some security. And put an ad blocker on your browser for god's sake!
Brands: HP makes good business computers and shitty consumer-grade ones. Lenovo makes quality, durable laptops (ThinkPads especially), but they come with spyware. Apple computers are good but overpriced. Best support. Acer is pretty good and very affordable. Asus is good and appropriately priced. Looks nice. Dell is shit except the XPS line. By and large, you get what you pay for.
Hardware: How much space do you use right now? Increase that by half and get a hard drive with at least that much space. Get an SSD if you want a laptop that boots quickly. Get at least 6 GB of RAM. 8 is preferred, and 16 is for editing large photos or messing with big datasets. CPUs come from Intel or AMD. Intel is usually much better (get anything that says i5 or i7), but recent AMD chips are quite good. Go to an actual store to look at laptop formats. Do you want a 2-in-1 (convertible tablet)? How big of a laptop do you want? Does it need to be below a certain weight?
Find a laptop search engine and figure out how much a laptop with these specs is going to cost. Search speciality sites and look at special offers (Costco, manufacturer sites, etc). Settle on a few choices and read online reviews. Pick one and order it.
Not covered: Bare-bones laptops and Chromebooks, serious gaming laptops.
Edit: These are just one man's impressions based on a few years of buying and recommending. If you have better info or corrections, PM me and I'll add it.
Ninite is a free tool that installs and updates many/most of the standard utilities without the Adware that comes with the apps' normal installers. You pick all the different apps you want, and it downloads, installs, and updates the apps automatically. (Chrome, Firefox, 7zip, MSE, AVG, LibreOffice, Audicity, Team Viewr, Adobe Reader, Dropbox, BTSync, Google Drive -- pretty much any general purpose utility app you could want is on their list.)
It's an invaluable tool for setting up a new system.
If you need your basic programs, especially if you've bought/built a new computer or reinstalled Windows, use ninite.com to get all the basics like Java, Chrome, 7-Zip, etc. It will automatically install everything without prompting you for anything, avoiding all the toolbars and addons that came straight from Satan himself.
Every few years at least if not more often, blow out your computer/laptop. They get dusty, and they can overheat if enough dust builds up. I've seen dust bunnies in the worst offenders.
ninite is insanely useful and free.
What is it? Go to the site, click all the free software you want from the list, click next to download the 1 program; and it will one click install all your programs without any junk.
As someone who reinstalls windows about 2x a year, this checklist is exactly what I needed. 10/10 would recommend.
It does however, miss out my favourite tool on the planet: Ninite
ninite.com is your friend here. Just select all the runtimes in one installer. Then she just needs to run one thing to update all of them with no other clicking required except to close it when it is finished. and you do not get toolbars or virus programs or any junk.
gonna have to down vote ya son cuz that means you installed some bullshit loader from who knows where rather than getting it from their website or just using ninite.com like civilized person.
I rather like Ninite. You pick which programs you want and it creates a single installer to get you going. If you want to check for updates for any/all of the things it installs, you just run the installer again.
You may also want to check out this Reddit thread. The OP has a site listing useful PC and Gaming software and the top post list a bunch of alternatives.
https://ninite.com/ For some reason or another I tend to factory reset my computers every year or so. I have to look this website up every time but it really helps. Otherwise I would start with Spotify so I can listen to music while I download everything else.
After the OS is installed, Ninite has been run and I've got it configured how I like it...
IMAGE OR CLONE YOUR OS DRIVE.
That way you'll always have a 'clean install' point you can revert to. Definitely saved my butt a few times.
Edit: Shameless plug to my post about cloning/imaging/backups
Download updates once. Put on thumb drive/network share. Copy to computer and run the .exe in the client folder. It'll install+ reboot as many times as necessary.
Second one: https://ninite.com/
It downloads and installs programs automatically.
I'm sure everyone here has a "setting up the internet for mom and dad" story.
They just bought a new computer, so your first step is to set up Admin and User accounts. Users only log in as users. Then, use Internet Explorer or Safari to go to ninite.com to get a one-stop "background crap they're gonna need" installer.
First step is to install an antivirus, Firefox, VLC, 7-zip, TeamViewer, runtimes, codecs, a PDF reader, and LibreOffice.
Then you go into Firefox and start putting on the usual basic add-ons. HTTPS Everywhere, PrivacyBadger, uBlock Origin, and DecentralEyes. Most are pre-setup, but you tinker with uBlock Origin.
Last step? Set the antivirus to "silent" so it doesn't ask your parents for any input, just does its job. Set all OS updates to "automatic" and hopefully scheduled, so it doesn't ask your parents for any input, just does its job. And finally, hide all the menu-bar icons for those Firefox add-ons, and disable notifications, so your parents don't start turning them off, and the add-ons can just do their jobs.
Do this for less-tech-savvy siblings, too.
Jeg kan anbefale denne website: https://ninite.com/ til en ny computer, hvor man skal installere programmer. Det er så pisse bekvemt og let. Bare klik på programmerne du vli have installeret, og så klik på download knappen, og så kører det. Det sparer en for så ufatteligt meget tid, og den har mange gængse programmer.
What I do for FileZilla, or other open source software on Windows, is use Portable Apps. No installation needed and no malware. I personally have my programs sitting in a folder on Dropbox and thus have them instantly available across my different machines. Uninstalling is simply dropping the app's folder into the trash.
There's other alternatives to SourceForge too. Chocolatey, which is a package manager, or Ninite, also a package manager. Chocolatey has a bigger selection but Ninite has an easier interface for those who aren't used to the command line. Either one will be malware free.
Ninite Lifehacker Pack for Windows.
Pick the stuff you want, Evernote, Libreoffice, Office Viewer, Chrome, Skype, VLC, Spotify, Dropbox, F.Lux, 7Zip, .Net, Silverlight, Java, Revo Uninstaller, Notepad++ and AHK are my picks. Ninite packs are awesome, install the software you want with zero malware.
(Not fucking uTorrent grab Deluge instead)
And of course Firefox on top of Chrome as primary browser, and add Adblock+Ublock to both. Then add Tunnelbear to Chrome for easy proxy access.
https://ninite.com/ ist hilfreich für so etwas. Cleanup-Programm gar keins, da ich meinen PC damit nicht zumüllen will. Als Antivirus sollte Windows Defender und ein gesundes Gehirn ausreichen.
(Das Gehirn bei 50 Grad regelmäßig waschen)
Ninite is a site where you can find a bunch of programs that you'll otherwise end up installing anyway, and you can just check the ones you want and download them in a big package to save yourself from having to go to each individual site to get them.
That's what I do when I have a fresh windows installation, after graphics drivers.
What's with this pattern? It's become increasingly difficult to avoid adware. I recently had an installer that flatout installed adware without a warning or opt-out (fuck CBR Reader).
Some of these pieces of adware have become so well known I can actually name them from personal encounters alone (like those cocksuckers at Conduit).
I now try and avoid even using official installers because of this crap. Ninite is a shining example of how an installer should work (although I wish it supported more programs -- I wonder how it works on their end?). Package managers and building from source work.
I wouldn't mind a service that lets me search if an installer has bundled adware. I wonder if there'd be interest for it if I made it myself...
Also, not so much essentials, but rather depending on what you do:
I mostly get those via Ninite, also useful to just check if you forgot something and prepare an installer.
You should use ninite so you never even have to open edge/IE
It's a multi-application installer for popular apps like VLC, Chrome, Firefox, Skype, Dropbox, 7-zip, etc.
You just checkbox the apps you want, it creates a single installer for the latest versions of them and away you go.
When I used this software I remember it explicitly saying that it declines any extra offers for installers, and simply installs the vanilla version.
Edit: on the official website listed under section "Ninite Will":
This is a list of programs I use almost on a daily basis.
###Compiled most of the comments here:
Normally I use Ninite to install my go-to software, but recently I looked into a few other things on the list and they were great to use.
Some of my favourite freeware would have to include:
And the list wouldn't be complete without [email protected], to fight the diseases of the world :)
Yeah. You shouldn't be using uTorrent anymore. Like really. Don't. - full of shitty ads, bundled crapware and also considering payments. why should u bother.
If you want closest alternative to it, go qBittorent - download here to make it simple
Depending on how many programs you have, some people use Ninite. I just download the ones I need onto another drive and after I've installed the OS go to the other drive and run the installers.
> Spybot 2 added to Ninite.
> April 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm
That was the last one :/ from there on only updates.
I actually wrote them several emails asking if they would include other programs and they always responded with something like: "Thank you for your suggestions, we are strongly considering adding those programs since the demand for them is high."
But in the end they added nothing :(
My list of programs i wish they added to ninite:
just to name a few
Download Avast and also Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Both are free and do a decent job. You may also want to download CCleaner to clean up your computer a little.
You can get them using https://ninite.com/ for easy installation.
And since the IT guy is your mate, don't ever say any of the following after they've worked on your computer.
They seem to think that's a feature and not a bug. From their website:
> We don't plan to support custom install locations because we believe where an app is installed is an implementation detail that users shouldn't worry about.
I think that's a little condescending, if you ask me. Plus, some of us have valid reasons for doing that, but they refuse to even make it an option. My setup used to be a 60GB SSD for the OS and a 2TB HDD for everything else. I didn't have enough room to install everything on C:\, but Ninite thinks I'm too stupid or something.
To be fair to them, they do acknowledge this complaint, but their solution seems to be just buying a bigger SSD.
Because Windows historically never had a general software update mechanism, corporate system administrators usually use software that packages programs up and manages many computers from one central location to keep software up to date in a large scale (most applicable to windows). An example is BMC's Marimba. Outside of programs like this, most of the time you just need to run each program km question and look for a 'check for updates' function, usually in the help menu, or look online for a newer version.
If you're using Linux, it's usually as easy as sudo yum upgrade, or sudo apt-get upgrade
EDIT: as mentioned by other commenters, apparently ninite does this now; I thought it only did blind installs but apparently it has gotten better with time. Neat.
There is an app that does just this called "Everything". It is AMAZING and I know a few people that swear by it. Go to https://ninite.com/, tick Everything, install it and be amazed. You can thank me later ;)
I hope you are using Ninite Pro. Sure you can use a server on the LAN with a cache directory.
We use a Base install script with a line for things that we do not want icons put on the desktop and another that we do. Then i setup ninite.exe /cache SERVER /updateonly /silent in Task Scheduler daily.
I have never needed using a frozen installer.
They have not. I hate their reasoning, too:
> No Custom Install Locations We don't plan to support custom install locations because we believe where an app is installed is an implementation detail that users shouldn't worry about.
> There seems to be a popular myth about separating applications and the OS on different partitions. Due to registry entries and other dependencies the desired separation of apps and OS is largely an illusion.
https://ninite.com/ Super easy to use, 99% useful apps with 1click installation, and it free! (hope they make donate or patreon, i dont need PRO sub, but can donate couple of bucks)
go to ninite.com there you can get an unatended installer for discord and many other apps.
Install discord, and remove evidence of the app like shortcuts.
Alternatively, download an "unatended edition" and keep it on an USB
ninite not actually free software itself but very handy when doing a fresh install or setting up a new machine as it allows you to select all the essential stuff you'll need/want and installs the lot in one go.
Relevant: Ninite and/or Unchecky.
Ninite is a bulk program downloader/updater that automatically skips installing bloatware. Especially great if you have to reformat machines often, or are a frequent user of virtual machines.
Unchecky is a bit more lightweight, and just unchecks 'related offers' on most software installations. Disclaimer: Windows only, and I haven't used it in a few years, so can't vouch for its recent efficacy.
There are tools to help you do it the quick & dirty way, but I'd personally recommend you take this approach:
It says here that >We don't plan to support custom install locations because we believe where an app is installed is an implementation detail that users shouldn't worry about.
They should at least make a command line argument to set the path so power users will actually use it if they want...
in order to update automatically, it would need to run a service in the background regularly checking for updates and updating if needed - that would use up processing power, drain battery, use up bandwidth, etc. It could just notify you if a new version if out when you launch 7zip, but it would still need to ping out to a server on program launch to do that.
The beauty of 7zip is that is does none of that. It is as minimalistic as possible, and therefore can be used by organizations without a ton of security issues (this time being an exception). Anything that pings out to the internet is a much bigger threat though, and the more complex a program is - the more issues it can cause. 7zip is a simple program that does it's job.
If you want these programs to auto-update, i suggest checking out https://ninite.com/ - it packages a bunch of common windows apps together, and can keep them updated for you!
I would recommend to download the drivers you need from the websites of the manufacturers of your devices. You can find most of them from the mobo manufacturers page anyway.
If you want to save time installing software I would recommend https://ninite.com/
https://ninite.com/ literally the first website I open on a newly installed computer. Creates a bulk installer that runs without user interaction. I know it's not the free stuff OP meant, but it is a neat tool to download stuff and costs nothing so it qualifies IMO.
pro tip: Log on to the admin account when you set a computer up, then you have all the rights you want without extra clicks.
Also consider https://ninite.com/ it makes setting up other peoples computers easy enough.
I use https://ninite.com/ which will autodownload software from the developer/company site.
Hopefully the Win10 package manager does well because I would love auto-updated/auto-installed software. Aptitude and Yum have spoiled me.
Here's what I did when I upgraded my CPU+Mobo this weekend
Enjoy the new build! It's a great feeling when it all finally comes together
Mi ha cambiato la vita, non ironicamente, quando lavoravo come riparatore di computer. Puoi scaricare un sacco di programmi, basta selezionarli dall'elenco, lui ti tira fuori un eseguibile che senza pubblicità o click vari ti scarica ed installa tutti i programmi che avevi scelto, all'ultima versione disponibile e in lingua di sistema. Utilissimo anche il fatto che se tieni quell'eseguibile, puoi aggiornare i programmi senza toccare altro, fa tutto da solo... Troppo comodo tbh.
Import/Export Chrome passwords
Windows should find most of your drivers. Yes, always best to grab the latest packages from your manufatuers websites. At least audit what you have installed from Device Manager and go from there.
No need to worry about SSD drivers. No drivers for cooler or RAM. There could be something software specific to control the LEDs.
Edit: For optimal transfer speeds, download the Samsung NVMe Driver as suggested by /u/aeniklast
Ninite. Choose which programs you want and it will automatically install them and keep them updated. The updating part isn't automatic, you'll need to rerun the executable.
Utilities: TeraCopy (improves the way Windows copies files), Notepad++ (improves on Notepad), Sublime Text (really, really great text editor), foobar2000 (no-frills audio player), and Foxit Reader (no-frills PDF reader).
ninite.com is super useful if you need to re-install windows for any reason. Basically, you go through a checklist of popular free software and it builds a single installer that installs everything to your computer so you don't have to try to remember what software you use, find the website for each, download all the installers, then click through countless user agreements and confirmation buttons. For example, you can check off:
and it downloads a single .exe file that installs all those programs.
I use greenshot. It allows you to take screen shots and save locally or automatically upload to imgur and other sites. You can get it here It's listed under the imaging section.
For everyone? Ninite.
For techies and power users? Chocolatey NuGet.
Chocolatey is a package manager for Windows that allows you to install, remove, and update your programs from the command line while taking care of dependencies. You can also use it to create installation scripts that allow you to automatize computer setups.
It isn't quite apt-get yet and it feels kind of hackey but it is very useful.
To the people who has a computer and sometimes reinstall it or help their friends:
It's a webpage that you choose which programs you want, and then create an installation file. It installs all the programs in one swoop. Never any malware, adware or anything like that. Used it the last 5-6 reinstalls (6-7 years) for me and people I know.
It really is a huuuuuge time saver.
I use Ninite for freeware software management. They list the following:
I'm curious if installing Foxit using Ninite would exhibit the same behavior. Generally speaking, that's precisely the reason Ninite exists is to allow freeware installation and management without the other bullshit.
I always use https://ninite.com/ to install all my standard apps without the hassle of doing each one manually. Handy af.
Also, run userbenchmark and make sure your performance is within expected range of your hardware.
When I get a new PC, the first thing I do is install all programs I need with a few clicks using Ninite. It's really useful. They also made another tool, which (for some reason) is not public, but the support gave it to me when I asked about it, to move already installed programs to another drive. So if you need that just ask the support for NiniteAppMover.
if you dont know about Ninite its a site where you can download a multi-install package with out the spyware/addware/other annoying crap.
Select what you want, Click "get your Ninite" and it will download an EXE that will install everything you selected. I bring this up cause 7zip is on there, and some other useful free things.
Come onnnn maaaannnn. Motherboard drivers, integrated graphics drivers, dedicated graphics drivers, and finally peripherals. Even after all of that before you get installing run the shit out of that windows update. Then you can use something like https://ninite.com and get err done.
Ninite lets you make custom installers for most commonly used programs. I'd get: Firefox, 7zip, Discord, Steam, VLC, foobar2000, and Revo as a base. Change up if those aren't your commonly used programs. Ie Chrome instead of FF.
Install ASUS Armory Crate to control your RGB.
Classic Start. Use ninite for a quick and silent install. Fire and forget, replaces the start menu with a completely functional old-fashioned start menu and you never have to see the crapware ads again.
Use ninite. It's made exactly for this. You check what you want, download the custom installer, run it and it'll do everything properly.
If you always use the same installer (i.e. the same set of program), keep it on a USB key and re run it to reinstall or upgrade all the software.
It's like magic.
Fellow redditor, só para ajudar no que os demais devem postar para você... Se algum dos softwares enviados forem pagos, difíceis de achar ou qualquer coisa do gênero, recomendo você à usar esse site aqui: http://alternativeto.net/
Você basicamente coloca o nome de um programa e ele indica substitutos conforme a plataforma, versão do SO ou até mesmo se procura uma versão free.
Edit: Also... https://ninite.com/
Permite que você selecione alguns programas essenciais e baixe de uma vez só