Windows: The phrase “package manager” sounds a bit ominous, but if you’re smart, you’ve already used one to outfit your Windows PC with all the basics: Ninite. The site couldn’t be any simpler. You pick the programs you want, it creates one installation file for everything, and double-clicking on it installs everything you selected at once.
After that, you’re on your own.
If you want another helping hand to ensure your favorite apps stay updated—or a much larger directory of user-maintained packages (apps) to pick from—consider Chocolatey. No, not the delicious sweet, nor the command line-based app installer. Well. Sort of. The Chocolatey GUI is what you’ll want to check out, because it gives you a lovely graphical interface for installing and managing your apps, which is a lot easier to handle than a lot of command-line typing.
We’ve covered Chocolatey before, but it’s been a while since we talked about it (or the helpful GUI add-on). Here’s a quick refresher on how to get started. First, click on the Start Button in Windows and type in “Command.” When the Command Prompt pulls up in your results, right-click on it and select “Run as administrator.” Then, copy this text, paste it into Command Prompt, and hit Enter: