If you are upgrading to Windows 7 from XP you will need to do a clean install, and installing your favorite apps again is time consuming and annoying. Today we look at a new service that will install your favorite applications while you walk away and do something more enjoyable.
GetVolery Ninite is a cool new service created by two programmers in San Francisco who believe that installing software shouldn’t require work. It’s simple to use and has a large selection of popular freeware and open source applications. Just pick the apps you want to install, download the Ninite installer, then walk away and do something fun while it does all the work for you. The service installs the software with default settings and says “no” to any extra crapware (like browser toolbars) the installers might try to sneak in. Ninite isn’t even installed on your system, you just use a stand alone executable to begin the install process.
Go to the Ninite site and pick the software apps you want to install.
After you made your choices, click on the Get Installer button at the bottom of the list.
Download the Ninite installer file.
Then double click to launch it.
Now walk away and go go to the coffee shop, have a beer, play some xbox or whatever you want to do that is more fun than installing a bunch of programs. A progress screen is displayed while it downloads and installs your selected programs.
When you get back you will see the finished screen.
You’ll see the icons of the programs you installed on the desktop and in the start menu. The default install paths and settings are automatically chosen for you with no crapware at all. Now you can enjoy using your favorite apps with little effort on your part. It couldn’t be easier, it’s so easy that even Grandma can pull it off.
Sign up for Private Beta The service is currently in Private Beta but we have free invites for the first 100 readers who sign up. Just click on the link below enter your email, choose a password and make sure howtogeek is in the Demo Code box (which it will be by default) and start picking the apps you want installed. After using Ninite, we look forward to hearing how it went so leave us a comment.
** Update – 10/23/2009 – Volery is now available to the public and is now under the name Ninite **
It is completely free for personal use, they are expanding to 64-bit apps, and and business’s can now sign up for Premium Accounts.
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- Published 10/5/09