Chocolatey

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Chocolatey is a free, time-saving software update manager

Chocolatey is a free software update management tool for Windows. Although most software updates are simple enough to install, they all have to be done individually, which can be a time-consuming nuisance. This application automates the process, letting you download a wide range of software from a command-line interface. View full description

PROS

  • Simplifies package management
  • Fast downloads and installations of software

CONS

  • Interface unfamiliar to some
  • No interface with Windows Store

Chocolatey is a free software update management tool for Windows. Although most software updates are simple enough to install, they all have to be done individually, which can be a time-consuming nuisance. This application automates the process, letting you download a wide range of software from a command-line interface.

Simple and effective

Chocolatey runs from your PC's command-line interface. You can use the tool to see what software packages are available -- the list includes everything from the everyday (like Skype) to the more recondite (like various programming languages and developer tools). Once you've told the application to download a package, it simply downloads and installs it with no further clicking required. It isn't for everyone -- if you're not used to dealing with the command-line interface, it can be a little confusing. On the other hand, your everyday user isn't usually burdened by the need to download huge numbers of software updates. The target audience for this app tend to be developers or IT professionals who need to install a lot of software or other resources quickly. But if you're comfortable running a tool from the command line, Chocolatey can make the process of setting up a new PC much quicker.

Not pretty but fast

Chocolatey doesn't have the prettiest user interface, but it's a very effective tool if you spend a little time learning how to use it.

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