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December 27 2011

How to Create a Bulk Software Installer

The Super Fast Way to Set Up a New PC

OVERVIEW: You will learn how to install dozens of awesome, free applications on your computer in 5 simple steps. No money, 200 Point IQ, or Back-Breaking Labor required!

bulk software installer

Once you get past the excitement of getting a new computer, then the aggravation sets in. You have to download and install all of the software that you need. This can take hours and hours even if you’re organized.

You can spare yourself so much of the pain involved with this process by using a bulk software installation tool. I recently found a tool that creates an installer that automates the process of installing multiple applications.

Ninite.com gives you a selection of close to 100 free or open source applications that can be added to a 1-click installer. Some of these are my absolute favorite apps of all time. (Firefox, Skype, Digsby, Notepad++, DropBox, Evernote, and many more.)

Follow the steps below to create and run a Bulk Software Installer.

UPDATE: Wanna see how to do something very similar for Mac OS computers? Click here to see The Quickest Way to Set Up Your New Mac. (Jan. 5, 2011)

Creating the Installer

Open your browser and go to http://ninite.com.


You will be able to select from a large collection of free/open source applications that are grouped into several categories.

Select the checkbox next to all of the applications that you want to include in your installer.

selecting-applicaitons.jpg

After you select all of the applications that you want to include in your installer, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the button.

You will see the Download page. This page will display all the icons for all of the applications that you selected for inclusion in the installer. The click here to change apps link will return you to the previous page, where you can add or remove applications.

Your download should begin automatically. Use the click here to retry the download link if your download does not begin right away.

You can use the permanent link to get a link to the installer download page. This is convenient if you want to share this collection of apps with other users or computers.

Installing Your Collection of Applications

You can either save the installer file to your computer and launch it, or let it run automatically from your browser.

Saving the Installer to Your Computer

The installer’s file name will include the applications that you selected.

Double click the installer file when it has finished downloading.

Automatically Running the Installer When it Finishes Downloading

If you elected to automatically run the installer when the download finishes, you will see the following window.

Click the button to launch the installer.

This is actually the last action that you are absolutely required to take. Everything else runs on its own.

Monitoring the Installation Process

The installer file does not actually contain each applications installation files. It downloads them when it is run.

Click the Show details link to monitor the progress of your installation process.

You will see the list of applications that you included in the installer. You will be able to follow along and see which applications have been downloaded and installed.

When all of your applications have been installed, you will see the following confirmation.

Click the button to exit the installer.

That’s it, all of your applications are installed and working as if they were each installed manually.

Printable Instrucitons

Click to Download a Printable Version of these Instructions.

See How it’s Done

The following video tutorial shows how to Install Multiple Applications using a Bulk Software Installer.

What Applications Do I Bundle?

I put a huge list of applications by category at the bottom of this article. (I didn’t want to break up the flow with a huge list.) You can also check out one of my lists of my favorite free applications:

22 Most Useful Free Applications for your PC (2009)

26 Best Free Mac Applications (2009)

32 Free Applications that I Could Not Live Without (2008)

What Applications Would You Put in your Installer Bundle?

I would love to hear what you think. Let me know what applications would you include in a Bulk Software Installer in the comments below. (List OS, then Apps.)


List of Suggested Applications to Include

Here is a list of some of the availabe applications that I highly reccomend:

Web Browsers

Google Chrome

Opera

Firefox

Messaging

Skype

Pidgin IM

Digsby

Mozilla Thunderbird

Media

iTunes

Songbird

Hulu Desktop

VLC

Winamp Lite

Audacity

Spotify

Imaging

Paint.NET

Google Picasa

GIMP

IrfanView

Inkscape

Documents

OpenOffice

Foxit Reader

CutePDF Writer

Security

Microsoft Security Essentials

Avast

AVG Free Anti-Virus

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

Spybot – Search & Destroy

Runtimes

Flash

Flash Player 10 for other browsers

Flash Player 10 for Internet Explorer

Java JRE

Microsoft .NET

Microsoft Silverlight

File Sharing

uTorrent

eMule

Utilities

ImgBurn

CCleaner

Launchy

Revo Uninstaller

Defraggler

RealVNC

TeraCopy?

CDBurnerXP

7-Zip

Dropbox

Evernote

Google Earth

Steam?

Developer Tools

FileZilla

Notepad++

UPDATE April 29th, 2010

Just found out about another very similar service AllMyApps.com. They have a nice collection of apps for Windows and Linux.

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August 11 2011

Ultimate Google Android Phone Tutorial

How to Do Everything on a Google Android Phone

OVERVIEW: You will learn how to do several basic and advanced tasks with a mobile phone running Google’s Android Operating System.

Google Android Phone Tutorial

I Got My New Android Phone, Now What?

If you’re one of the millions of people who have a mobile phone with Google’s Android operating system, congratulations. There are so many things that you can do with your new phone that you might be a little intimidated. Don’t worry, I have a bunch of resources that will help you get up and running with your cool new gadget. Not to mention a few that will teach you some advanced tricks.

Here are some of the things that you will learn:

  • Use Your Android Phone on an Airplane Without Getting into Trouble
  • Close Running Tasks and Save Your Battery
  • Surfing the Web with Andriod’s Browser
  • Finding Applications to Download from the Android Market Place
  • How to Use Your Android to Play Music in Your Car
  • How to Change the Wallpaper an Android Phone
  • Create Custom Ring Tones for Your Android Phone
  • Plus more cool and useful tricks

Use Your Android Phone on an Airplane Without Getting into Trouble

Airlines have rules about using electronic gadgets while flying. You also aren’t allowed to use cell phones while in the air. If you turn on airplane mode, however, you can still access applications on your phone but turn all wireless communications off. Perfect for if you want to compose an email, play a game or watch a movie while in flight.


Close Running Tasks and Save Your Battery

This tutorial will show you how to quickly close running tasks on your Andriod phone. This will help you save battery life and free up memory for other apps.


Surfing the Web with Andriod’s Browser


Learn how to browse and surf the internet/web using your Google Android smart phone. Adjust your Internet settings.The following video shows How to Surf the Web Using a Google Android Phone.


Finding Applications to Download from the Android Market Place

Search the Android Market from Your Android Phone – The Android Market has thousands of applications that you can downloaded for your device. You can search for applications, sort out those that are free from those that cost, and more.

The following video shows how to search through the Android Market Place to find the applications that you want to install on your phone.


How to Use Your Android to Play Music in Your Car

Use Android to Play Music in Your Car -
CNET’s Antuan Goodwin shows you three ways to use your Android phone to play music through your car’s stereo.


How to Change the Wallpaper an Android Phone

When you first turn on your new phone, it can be a little boring. Learn how to personalize your Android phone by changing the Wallpaper across your Home screens. This will also allow you to configure your application launchers in a way that is most efficient for your tastes.


Create Custom Ring Tones for Your Android Phone

One of the cool things about Android phones is that you can create custome ringtones out of just about music. (Why my iPhone can’t do that puzzles me.) This video will show you how to create a custom Android ringtone from just about any audio file you have on your Android phone or your computer.



Other Android Phone Tutorials

Here are some other good places to learn cool tricks for using an Android phone.

What Do You Think?

What other cool or helpful tips do you know of for using the Android Operating System do you have? Please write any suggestions in the comments below.


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