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Easily Install Software on a New or Re-Installed PC
By James Wise
posted May 4, 2009
TECH TIPS – Do you find yourself having to
install all your computer programs again and again because you’ve
gotten a new PC or because you’ve reinstalled Windows? If so, the free
program AppSnap could be just what you need to save time and
Occasionally, I find myself having to re-install everything. This
happens when I get a new PC, but more frequently, I have to do this
after reinstalling Windows on my computer. Over time, “junk” seems to
build up on a computer affecting the stability and performance of the
system. There are things you can do to help this such as using cleanup
programs like the previously
mentioned CCleaner, using anti-spyware
programs, defragmenting your hard disk, etc… In some cases, the best
solution may be a complete re-install of Windows. Some people recommend
doing this every six months to two years.
Changing computers or re-installing Windows means that you will have to
be careful about your data including backing it up and possibly putting
it in the necessary locations. This is generally pretty easy to do.
However, this doesn’t help address the question of how to get your
automatically download and install programs on your
computer. It can even find the latest versions of programs and upgrade
them on your computer. To install AppSnap, just click the download link
on the AppSnap website and run the file. A shortcut to the program will
be added in your start menu.
The program comes pre-configured with a large number of programs. It’s
also possible to add programs to the list. These programs come from the
Internet or from a local or network directory. These are more advanced
options which we won’t cover for now.
To use the program, just check the programs you would like to install
and click the “install” button. A category box is available if you want
to limit the list of programs displayed. This can also be used to see
which of these programs you have installed already, which ones you
don’t have, and which ones have upgrades available.
Before re-installing Windows or switching to a new computer, you might
want to get a list of the programs you have installed. You can use
CCleaner for this (or control panel, add/remove programs) or programs
such as the free Belarc
If you need more help with this, just let me know. I can
also provide a
video illustrating this program, details about creating your own list
of programs (including keeping a directory with copies of the programs
you want to install), etc… if anyone would like this.
There are some other programs which are similar to AppSnap in case you
want to check them out including InstallPad and Smart Installer Pack.
When re-installing, you also have to consider the hardware drivers on
your computer. If you re-install using a restore disk that came with
your computer, this can help because the disk should include the
original drivers. However, you still may not have all your drivers and
the ones you do have may not be up to date. Just keep this in mind when
you re-install. Normally, you can get the drivers you need over the
Internet at sites like your computer manufacture’s site. You may also
want to checkout programs like Driver Collector.
If you run it before
you re-install, it can gather your currently installed drivers for you.
Of course this wouldn’t apply to switching to a new PC since the
hardware involved will be different.
Lastly, don’t forget to update your system after a re-install including
and anti-virus program updates. In the future, we may
take a look at some ways to make this easier as well.
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