Ninite is a free multiple application installer that saves you much drudgery in setting up a new computer or a fresh install of Windows. Choose the apps you want from the page here, click download to get the installer, and double click it to start all chosen apps downloading and installing. They say, “Ninite installs apps with default settings and says “no” to browser toolbars and other junk.” You can cache the files locally or on a network share – see here: http://ninite.com/info/advanced

I haven’t tested this myself yet, but I will be. There’s a lot of applications available with the Ninite installer that I routinely set up on any computer I’m preparing. There’s a long list of software available now – it’s listed below. NOTE: Version numbers of several programs changed in the week it took to compose this post. If you are reading this more than a day or two after posting, the version numbers of some programs are likely to be different then what’s listed here.

Web Browsers

Messaging

Media

Imaging

Documents

Security

Runtimes

File Sharing

Other

Utilities

Compression

Developer Tools