I just discovered something called Ninite and it is a very useful free Windows app. My friend Ross Lakin at E and R Computers suggested it to me. I had gotten a new Windows 8 computer and wanted to install Classic Shell for Windows 8, which, among other things, gives you your start button back. Currently Windows 8 has no start button. I tried to use it as it came but it was just too frustrating. There are rumors that Windows 8 blue (the next big update) will give us our start button back, but it is hard to tell.
Ross, however, showed me more that I expected by directing me to the ninite site. This saved me a bunch of time. Being a tech support person I have various tools that I use on a daily basis to provide service, scan for malware, access computers remotely, play audio files etc. There are a lot of free tools out there. Well Ninite provides a majority of these tools with a very easy and quick background installation. It’s download client actually allows you to check the programs you want and then goes through all the installation processes without you having to attend them. It’s so much better than doing it yourself. On top of that it also stays on your machine and keeps the software you have chosen up to date.
I was so pleased when I was able to continute working on the machine without having to hand-hold the installation processes. What a big help. I’m going to use this on my client’s Windows computers as well because it will save them money by not having my techs sitting there watching intallation progress or going to websites to download items. Thanks Ross for pointing this out and thanks Ninite for this very useful free tool!