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The Secret to Headache-Free Windows 7 Setup

So you just upgraded or installed Windows 7, unbloated that nasty Windows.old file, and now you need to upload some pictures to Picasa, but you don’t know when you’ll have time to download it, since you’ve spent all afternoon downloading and installing Firefox, iTunes, Digsby, and FileZilla. It’s time to go to the bathroom. Oh, and maybe the kitties need to be fed and dinner needs to be made for your starving husband… Well, pull out that Rachel Ray 30-minute meals cookbook and let your computer do the installing for you.

Lifehacker just ran a little post called “Top 10 Windows 7 Booster Apps” and waaay down at the bottom of the post hides the most useful app on the list. I knew I would love it from the minute I read the description. It’s called Ninite Easy PC Setup, and it’s brill.

Here’s what you do.

  1. Point your browser to Ninite.com
  2. Select the programs you want and need on your computer. Choose from almost 60 programs, including some of my favorites, Digsby, FileZilla, and Notepad++.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and click “Get Installer.”
  4. Run the installer.

Make dinner, take a bath, go for a run, or call your mom. When you come back to your computer later, all your apps will be installed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I’m planning on installing Chrome OS on my laptop when it comes out, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Ninite works in Chrome. Has anyone tried it in other OSes?

Remember that my brother, Daniel Hargett, is available online via CrossLoop to answer any of your Windows 7 questions or help you with any problems you might encounter. He is also my resident iPod Touch/iPhone expert, and he knows Motorola phones like the back of his hand.

One thought on “The Secret to Headache-Free Windows 7 Setup

  1. sqyttles

    12 Nov on 2009 at 0:45

    Thanks for the protip! I’ll look into that site when I upgrade my computer to 7. Everyone is telling me that it’s not bad at all.