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Before Upgrading to Windows 7, Grab This!

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Save time. Grab the must have Ninite!

I've been using Windows 7 on my home PC for several weeks now, and recently installed the 64-bit release version. I must say that Microsoft has done a very good job with Windows 7. From major changes to minor changes, I can confidently say that installing Windows 7 on your XP or Vista computer will give you a strong feeling of rejuvenation. Booting is fast, apps are managed better, and the overall OS is very slick.

But before you upgrade to Windows 7, take a look into a utility called Ninite. The little tool lets you customize all your favorite apps into one monolithic installer. You then download the package, and run the install. Ninite will install all the apps you picked without fuss. Walk away. Enjoy some coffee, and when you come back, all your apps are ready to go. There's no need to manually hunt for them again.

Ninite currently supports all the popular browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc., and includes utility apps such as VLC, Skype, Thunderbird, Adobe PDF Reader, Flash, bit-torrent tools, RealVNC, WinRAR, PuTTY, and other common apps. You can suggest your own.

Hit up the Ninite website. Pick your apps, download the installer, copy to a USB-stick so that you'll have it ready to go before moving to a fresh Windows 7 install. Best of all, it's free and grabs you the latest version of the apps!

You're free to suggest apps that should be included too. One utility that I did find missing is Daemon Tools.

Check it out here.

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    redkachina , 25 October 2009 07:44
    This looks good, Im gonna try it out..
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    Clintonio , 25 October 2009 08:16
    Mmm, so we're refering to PC Applications/ Programs as "apps" now?

    Cool, guess it goes with the smartphone/netbook/online social networking way of seeing things.
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    will_chellam , 25 October 2009 15:11
    Ive referred to applications as 'apps' for at least 10 years, it's apple who copied me.
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    strangestranger , 25 October 2009 17:30
    Apps is new?
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    213phil , 25 October 2009 19:01
    I thought Apps were something you got when you did bodybuilding!
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    skalagon , 25 October 2009 20:53
    Sounds like a cool app, hopefully you can get winamp with it :D 
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    strangestranger , 25 October 2009 22:48
    Is that the game where you have to avoid your own blody?

    If so I used to have a great DOS version of that when I were a lad.
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    djcoolmasterx , 26 October 2009 01:38
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    Durden81 , 26 October 2009 20:55
    apps is the new "cooler" way of calling good ol' programs or applications. It seems to be pushed by the apple camp, we should let the people follow the trends and use what they want, language is here to evolve depending on crowd behaviour. But let also people in IT (IT blogs included) who want to speak more appropriately use the more correct and standard terms. They will give a more professional impression. In the next 10 years "apps" might be called "appls" or "googs" whatever but the term application will always stay.
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    Sateg , 26 October 2009 21:12
    It's really surprising that KMPlayer is there but not MPC HomeCinema.
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    devilxc , 28 October 2009 18:33
    The only benifit of this program is if I have lost my keyboard...

    My software taste isn't quite this generic.