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Ninite is a very useful tool for making it easy to install software on a computer.

All you need to do to get started is visit the Ninite website and select the software you wish to install.

Once you’re happy with your selection of software, you select the rather large green “Download” button to download the installer.

The Ninite installer will then automatically download and install the software you have selected from the website.

You can just walk away and let it do it’s job.

This is all very well, but what software do you need to install? Here’s the top 10 essential tools to install using ninite…

  1. Firefox – You should always have a browser other than Internet Explorer installed on your computer, just in case it stops working.
  2. K-Lite Codecs – Can’t get that video to play? You’ll need this, it’ll allow your PC to play almost anything.
  3. Office or OpenOffice – You’ll need one or the other. If you’ve not got a Microsoft Office license, you should probably use OpenOffice so that you are able to open, edit and create regular documents.
  4. Adobe PDF Reader or Foxit Reader – You’ll need a way to read PDF files at some point. Choose wisely.
  5. Microsoft Security Essentials – It’s very important to have anti-virus software installed on your computer. This is free and it’s provided by Microsoft. (Not for you? I can recommend Avast! Home instead)
  6. Malwarebytes – Never leave home without it. If your PC becomes infected, this is almost always a sure fire way to get rid of it. If it can’t, you’ll need expert help anyway…
  7. Runtimes – Flash Player for Internet Explorer and other browsers, Java Runtime Environment (JRE), Microsoft .NET, Microsoft Silverlight. Get them all! You’ll need them at some point.
  8. Dropbox – An essential backup tool offering you 2GB of free secure online disk space to backup your important documents.
  9. KeePass – If you must store your passwords somewhere, use this.
  10. FileZilla – Mostly for the advanced user. If you use FTP then this is an essential. It’s free, has no ads and is better than any other FTP clients.

This is just a list of what I consider essential software for almost every user. There’s tuns of other software on there which you may find useful, or may not.

I hope you’ve found this useful.