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I'm about to install new bunch of software on a Windows XP Pro PC and found InstallPad as a potential method to do it all. However before using it I was wondering if there were any other similar apps that could be better or easier to use?

Requirements (should haves more than must haves): - Free - Easy to use and configure - preferably from point and click in a GUI instead of command line parameters or config files - Robust - bug free or still in active/ongoing development - Some level of support or active community for help or tips - Pre-existing file lists that can be adapted for own use or used outright.

Thanks in advance...

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See Allmyapps :

Allmyapps makes software installation a breeze. No matter how many applications you need, 1 click is all you need to have all your favorite applications installed on your PC.

Allmyapps also keeps your applications safe! Would you need to reinstall your system, Allmyapps takes care of reinstalling all your favorite applications in the blink of an eye.

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I have used Appsnap in the past. The list of applications is quite good. Not as pretty as InstallPad.

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You might also like to have a look at FileHippo update checker

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I quite like Ninite recently... It doesn't do updating, but it does install applications quickly with just what is needed to get it working - no toolbars or additional extras.

You are limited to their list of software, however, it covers pretty much everything used on a daily basis.

  • -1 : If you look at my comment to my own Question you'll see that I actually identified this myself! – ianfuture Jan 4 '10 at 19:01
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    I just read the question... You could of actually written the name in comments instead of expect people to read a whole article. – William Hilsum Jan 4 '10 at 20:33

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