Ninite: One installer, multiple programs

OK so you’ve just reinstalled Windows for whatever reason (update, clean slate etc). Now you have to sit there for about an hour just downloading all your favourite programs again and installing them. Well not any more.

Ninite is a revolutionary new way of installing the software you want. Instead of having to download and install each program individually Ninite will do it all for you. Simply go to the Ninite website, choose the programs you want, download the installer and run it. That’s it. That simple. You can now go off and do something less boring whilst Ninite downloads and installs the programs for you.

[Editor’s note: this review was written by Freewaregenius contributor Carbonize. Check out his tech blog here].

Ninite is also clever and it will not install toolbars or anything else that the programs try to install. It also checks what language your PC is using and whether it is 64bit or not and then installs the correct version of the software.

Ninite has only supports a limited number of programs at present (66) but does offer some of the more popular and better known software. The software is ordered in sections such as web browsers, messaging, media players and security. The software featured includes popular titles such as Firefox, Opera, , Pidgin, Thunderbird, iTunes, KMPlayer, Aimp, Paint.NET, GIMP, Irfanview, Open Office, Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast, Spybot, Flash (both IE and non IE), Silverlight, uTorrent, Dropbox,CCleaner, CDBurnerXP and 7-Zip (and one of my favorites, Digsby).

The only problems I have with Ninite are just little niggles. The first is that it installs software with it’s default settings. Whilst this is not a bad thing it does mean that you get everything that Spybot does including security center integration and it’s system monitoring. Also, whilst it does install the appropriate version of the program for your language, it does not always install the correct version of your language. So for me here in the UK I get the English version of things like Firefox and Thunderbird but it is the US English and not the British English. As I said only minor niggles and not major show stoppers.

Compatibility: WinAll.

Go to the program home page to download.


 
 
 
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  • Tom Williams

    Sounds nice. I wonder if other program developers will like this because they get revenue from the tool bar items.

    Regards,

    Tom

  • John Doe

    Good intended software but truly unnecessary. An imaging software will do a much better job plus it restores the settings. Or use portable apps. Combine portable apps and an imaging software, you’re good to go.

    Now it would be better if you can create an installer that will install your personal .exe files and the sorts, and then let you pre-record the exact installation procedure for each program. Otherwise this software will become bloated as time flies by when it tries to support every single software out there.

  • WolvenSpectre

    The list of software that is freely redistributable that they turn down is large. I have suggested over 20 programs that most say you can outright give to whoever you want for free.

    You can (with more work) can put the programs in using other programs.

  • Leptonator

    Ninite works pretty awesome! The only thing I wish it had was the ability to select/de-select programs rather than dowloading the whole thing.

    I think I will stick with Ketarin and http://appdeploy.com for installing programs..

    Thanks!

    Kent

  • George

    > it installs software with it’s default settings.

    http://www.apostrophe.me

  • http://carbonize.co.uk Carbonize

    Yes that correction of a very very very minor typo adds a lot to the comment thread. Thank you for taking the time to enlighten us with your well thought out argument.

    @Leptonator – I had a look at AppDeploy but they don’t really say a lot unless you sign up. Can you enlighten us a little as to how it works?

    @Tom Williams – true but they also give you the option to not install the toolbar and so they really cannot complain.

    @John Doe – Only true if you take the image straight after a fresh installation of Windows and the software otherwise you end up with all the crap that has been created along the way which is sometimes the reason you are reinstalling in the first place. Also, when using an image, you are likely to then end up updating the programs to the latest versions.

  • vocivoci

    hai
    what ist the difference between US English and the British English, especially in computer and internet things?
    thx
    v (austrian)

  • http://carbonize.co.uk Carbonize

    Not that much I’m just a bit pedantic about such things. If a British English version is available I always choose that. The main difference are such words as color/colour, center/centre. Also the British version comes with the British spelling dictionary although you can just download it for any version. But I do wonder what version you would get if you lived in Brazil as I’m not sure how similar Brazilian actually is to Portuguese or how similar Mexican is to Spanish.

    The regional variations have no affect on the settings so doesn’t stop the program working.

  • Leptonator

    I tried to respond to this yesterday.. Looks like comments are closed?

    Thanks,

    Kent

  • Leptonator

    Let’s try this again.. Please forgive my previous post..

    @Carbonize,

    Flash Player 10.x
    http://www.appdeploy.com/packages/detail.asp?id=1382

    Here is an example of Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 install/uninstall -
    http://www.appdeploy.com/software/detail.asp?id=8526

    I did not need to login either.. :D

    HTH,

    Kent

  • Daniel Kim

    When I initialize a new PC, I create a minimal-size partition to hold Windows and a basic suite of utilities and software (5 or 10 Gb), a large unallocated space, and a third partition of the same size as my installed partition.

    Install Windows to the first partition, install drivers, do some tweaking, add updates and a few essentials like Virtual Clone Drive, virus scanner, etc.

    Copy the driver installers to the third partition for convenience. Use CCleaner to clear up the new installation, and have it “Wipe Free Space”. Next use JKDefrag to defragment and optimize the setup.

    Reboot and then shut down again.

    Reboot to a BartPE liveCD containing DriveimageXML
    Take a compressed image of the boot partition, writing it to the second partition. This is my base-system archive. I will also make up a .txt file containing information about what was done, the date, etc.

    Now, I delete the original installed partition and create a new NTFS partition of some reasonable size, using the unallocated space. That’s the reason why my archive is located in the third partition of this drive. I usually do this using GParted from a Linux liveCD session.

    Again restart from BartPE. Restore the system image to the new, larger NTFS partition. Driveimage XML is able to restore an image to a drive of an equal size or larger than the original, which is nice.

    Now I will add any specific stuff that I might want installed, but I generally copy a large set of portable apps for most of the functions I need. My portable apps setup includes a directory tree of Start Menu items that can be moved into “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu”, so they appear all at once, and organized to my liking.

    Now, I can re-impose the base image at any time, if I want a clean slate. I’d have to get current updates, of course, but that’s not a big deal.

  • Joshua

    I wish Ninite have capability to pack all those apps into one single auto-installer, which I can use offline.

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