Chances are you’ve read about Ninite on Killer Tech Tips multiple times already. If you didn’t know, Ninite is a nifty tool that downloads and bulk installs all applications you choose from the Ninite website – unattended. While at it, Ninite also blocks crapware from installing itself onto your computer and saves you plenty of time.
If you thought you can just do bulk installations with Ninite, think again. You can update software as well, and we tell you how. You can also quickly share Ninite bundles with others using custom URLs. Read on for more on the same, and three more tips.
1. Share your software bundles with custom URLs
You can create a custom Ninite installer by just altering the URL parameters on Ninite.com. For instance, from ninite.com/chrome-picasa/, you can download a Ninite installer that installs both Chrome and Picasa; the installer you download from ninite.com/evernote-sumatrapdf-teracopy/ installs Evernote, SumatraPDF and Teracopy.
This way, you don’t have to tell people to go choose software themselves on Ninite.com, or upload the installer yourself for them. All you have to do is share this customized URL, and they’re good to go.
2. Use Ninite installer to update installed software
The Ninite installer can also be used to update already installed applications on your computer. Just double click on the custom installer you downloaded and run it periodically. It will instantly update all the applications it was initially configured to install.
For instance, if you had downloaded Ninite to load Chrome and Picasa on your computer, running the same installer after a while will update the apps silently. This works because Ninite installers are programmed to download and install the latest version of software that they’re supposed to.
3. Power up Ninite with command line switches
From configuring a HTTP proxy to running the Ninite installer without having the actual window show up, you can do it all by passing command line parameters to the Ninite installer. There are a dozen other commands (some supported in Ninite pro only) you can pass to the installer – the full list is here.
NiniteInstaller.exe /proxyauth <user> <password>
You just have to type the path to the installer .exe, followed by the command and its arguments in the command line interface, as you can see in the example above.
4. Get Ninite Updater that auto-updates upto 92 software
Ninite Updater is a system tray utility that checks for updates to all installed software on your computer and installs them in the background without nagging you with questions and dialog boxes. It isn’t free, and comes at a price of $9.99, but like we’ve told in our review before, it’s definitely worth the money.
You don’t have to manually run the Ninite updater like the Ninite installer in order to update the apps – the Updater checks for new stuff every six hours, and asks for your explicit permission before installing updates. Ninite Updater can check for updates to over 92 applications.
5. Go Pro
This is not a promotional post for Ninite, but you should really check out what Ninite Pro offers. This tool is totally indispensable, especially if you’re an IT admin. Ninite Pro lets you install and manage software on multiple PCs at once, and audit PCs to see if software across all PCs are up to date. Check it out.
If you’re a Ninite user, and if you’ve got a tip to share, tell us in the comments section below this article.