Some­times you’re start­ing en­tirely from scratch with a clean Win­dows in­stal­la­tion that you need to get up to speed in a hurry. Prob­lem is, de­ploy­ing a new ma­chine can be a mas­sive slog of a job. Col­lect­ing to­gether the items you need is one thing, but run­ning through the in­di­vid­ual in­stal­la­tion pro­cesses of all that soft­ware is time-con­sum­ing and la­bor­in­ten­sive, par­tic­u­larly if you’re deal­ing with pro­grams that in­clude sneaky shov­el­ware in their in­stall­ers. One wrong click and you’re in­fested, mean­ing it’s not even a job you can do on au­topi­lot. But there’s a tried and tested so­lu­tion that has been deal­ing with all that nas­ti­ness for a num­ber of years, and it’s even ap­pli­ca­ble if you’re not in­stalling a ma­chine from scratch.

Ni­nite (­ com­presses all that work into a sin­gle job, then deals with all the ef­fort for you. It in­stalls ev­ery­thing you need, pre­s­e­lected to your spec­i­fi­ca­tions, as long as it’s in the ex­ten­sive list of sup­ported soft­ware, with­out any has­sle. Head over to the site, check a few boxes for your de­sired apps, and click the big but­ton to down­load the in­staller. Run it, and Ni­nite au­to­mat­i­cally gets hold of the lat­est ver­sions of your cho­sen free pro­grams—which range from se­cu­rity and devel­op­ment tools to mes­sag­ing and cre­ative apps—and in­stalls them in the back­ground. They all end up

in their de­fault lo­ca­tions, and Ni­nite also en­sures that those clan­des­tine crap­ware boxes are never clicked. While you can’t use it for au­to­matic unin­stal­la­tion un­less you opt for the pro ver­sion ($20 a month, which also gets you the abil­ity to per­form net­work in­stalls), it does sup­port up­grad­ing; an oc­ca­sional run is all it takes to keep all of the ap­pli­ca­tions on your sys­tem up to date.

Cho­co­latey’s com­mand-line good­ness tastes great.

Par­ti­tion­ing your hard drive when in­stalling Win­dows can be a wise move.

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