While waiting on vm installations of Ubuntu and Debian Linux, I discovered ninite.com via gizmodo. Ninite will bulk-install a range of different free apps on Windows systems. As I’ve just upgraded my laptop to Windows 7, I’m happy to find this time saver!
The way it works
On the main page, you select the apps you wish to install, and ninite builds a custom installer based on your selections. This is a file that you download, so it is transferrable to other machines. If you have other free products you’d like to see as part of the ninite installer, you can recommend them to the site.
When I first tried executing the custom installer on Windows 7, I got an unspecified error. Running the installer as Administrator seems to have resolved that issue. In addition, Ninite was smart enough to detect which software was already installed.
I took the opportunity to suggest Kantaris as another media player, and Virtual Clone Drive for DVD image software. I used to use Deamon Tools Lite but I haven’t been able to get it to work in 64-bit Windows 7.