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Is there a website that would summarize (by category) all the software that you need after doing a fresh install on windows machine? For example categories like browser, utility (winzip, winrar), antivirus, editors (notepad++), etc... I had an usb disc where I kept the similar structure, but ofc this software gets fast out of date and it would be a pain to update it every time. I've searched this site and a list like this one would be great, just if it was for windows and contained up2date links to the software download pages.

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There's really no single correct answer to this question since that list will be different for everyone. The closest you can get is probably Ninite, which can download and silently install a lot of common freeware programs. –  Indrek Oct 19 '12 at 13:08
Case in point for above comment: Who uses winzip any more? It's built into windows now. Or Winrar, for that matter (7zip is better). –  Joel Coehoorn Oct 19 '12 at 13:16
@Indrek: you can post you comment as an answer, as it answers my question. Joel Coehoorn: what do you use? –  Nikola Oct 19 '12 at 13:19

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The closest you can get is probably Ninite. So long as your list contains only fairly common freeware programs, you can create a custom installer on their website and save it somewhere. Each time you run it, it downloads the latest version of each program you chose and installs them automatically.

If Ninite's selection doesn't cover all your required software (which it probably doesn't), then you'll have to compile and store the list yourself somewhere, since your requirements are probably different from those of other people. As explained in comments, and by @Hennes in his answer, there's no single list that encompasses the needs of everyone.

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I second 'Ninite'. Absolutely fantastic website. –  UtahJarhead Oct 19 '12 at 13:38

No, there is not.

Simply because whatever software you need is different from what software I need. That goes for all users.

There are a few sites with a lot of software, but the only way to get a software repository with programs specific for you is to make it yourself. E.g. by creating folder with reinstallation programs and a list of where you downloaded them (so you can grab the most up to date version).

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