I’ve been using Ninite for years. It’s basically a one-stop “app store” for Windows PCs which offers dozens of commonly-used free programs like Chrome, Firefox, iTunes, VLC media player, Dropbox, and so on. The trick is that Ninite makes the installation process absurdly streamlined and simple.
First, on their website, you click the checkboxes next to the programs you want:
Then, you download one small installer file, run it, and enjoy a cup of coffee while every program is automatically downloaded and installed:
Ninite automatically declines all spammy installer options (like changing your homepage or installing browser toolbars), so you’re left with 100% clean installations of all your favorite programs.
It feels like there should be some kind of catch, but in my years of using this service, I haven’t run into any. Ninite’s business model is to win over individual users with an awesome free service so that their institutions might spring for the enterprise-grade version of the service. (It’s a common business model, of course– Dropbox and Google certainly do the same thing.)
Ninite simply does its job, and it does that job well. Go check it out!