You might be familiar with Ninite. What I'd like to know is if there are good alternatives to that software for Windows.

The features I expect:

  • installs the latest version of software
  • supports 64 bit installs where possible
  • strips ads/toolbars/similar stuff
  • provides a way to keep the programs updated after installation
  • if I can add custom installers to the software, that's a big plus.

Any ideas if such a program exists?

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    Out of curiosity (I've not used ninite yet) which bullet points does it not do? – Chris_K Dec 22 '09 at 14:46
  • Ninite doesn't keep stuff updated and can't be expanded. – Zizzencs Dec 22 '09 at 17:44
  • By using Task Scheduler, Ninite can keep stuff updated, but it nags the user every time it starts. – syockit Feb 20 '11 at 5:44
  • There is a program called chocolatey that basically feels like brew. – boulder_ruby May 6 '14 at 1:04
  • You should ask questions like these on softwarerecs.stackexchange.com – Jan Doggen Jun 16 '14 at 17:24

I believe Allmyapps might be somewhat similar to Ninite.

In addition, the best application update-checker I know is SUMo.

  • Allmyapps is great, I'm looking for such software. Thanks! – Zizzencs Dec 22 '09 at 13:23
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    SuMo: WARNING: Should you decide to download SUMo, please ensure that you download the "Lite" or ZIP/7z versions (find the ZIP/7z versions on the download page - the links with the 7z and ZIP icons - the "Lite" version is below that, where it says "Free of all sponsors download links", as indicated in the screen shot below). The full version comes with a program called Relevant Knowledge, which is detected by most security software as spyware. from techsupportalert.com/best-free-software-update-monitor.htm – CAD bloke Jun 19 '14 at 0:08

There's a few- it really depends on your needs. generally you'll need to install the app to start with, but for a security bent Securia PSI is good. Lifehacker also suggested 2 others in their package manager roundup

  • Well, Secunia PSI is good, but that's really not for initial software installations. I'll look at the Lifehacker ones, thanks! – Zizzencs Dec 22 '09 at 13:12

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