Those running Windows 10 Tech Preview, here's the tut on our sister site Ten Forums on how to get testing PowerShell OneGet: PowerShell OneGet - Install Apps from Command Line
It uses Chocolatey's repository, Chocolatey itself works well from command line even in Windows 8 & 8.1. Eight Forums Tutorial: Chocolatey - Install Apps from Command Line
I like both and use them as much as I can, in repository already 2,300+ applications.
Exactly . New installation, as soon as you arrive to Desktop first time you want to install your usual stuff, let's be modest and install only WinRAR, Adobe Reader, VLC, Chrome, Firefox and Opera, latest versions of each except I do not like the latest versions of FireFox so let's install version 28 of that. Some prefer to do this by browsing to respective sites, clicking this and that to get download, then unselect all "Do you also want to install this excellent piece of software?" offers, installing then all one by one accepting licenses and repeatedly clicking Next.
Originally Posted by pparks1
I prefer giving one command instead...
... and go get some coffee, all apps installed when I come back.
Install-Package -Name WinRAR, AdobeReader, VLC, Chrome, Firefox -RequiredVersion 28.0, Opera
Or do you prefer to select apps to install from a list:
Now select the apps you want to install and click OK to install all of them.
Find-Package | Out-GridView -PassThru | Install-Package
The above was Windows 10 PowerShell OneGet. In Windows 8.1 using Chocolatey my usual apps could be installed with:
Want to update all your installed apps at the same time:
Choco Install WinRAR, AdobeReader, VLC, Chrome, Firefox, Opera