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January 16, 2007 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

A while ago I ran across this post on LifeHacker about a utility that automatically downloads and installs a list of software – which would be especially handy if you were, say, giving up on Linux and re-installing Windows XP MCE on your laptop, for instance.

Install Pad

So, I downloaded InstallPad and also grabbed the list XMLs from the LifeHacker post. I opened up all three lists (LifeHacker, PCRescue, and Media) and cut and pasted the programs I wanted from the last two lists into the first list and had my own custom list. (Warning: some XML required, though not much really. There is also a very nice graphical way to add apps to the ‘ Pad, I was just being ornery.) Save the new customized file as applist.xml in the same directory as InstallPad.exe and that’s it.

So, how’d it work?

Mostly, just like you think it would. By default InstallPad tried to do Silent Installs of each application, but you will have to make some choices for some programs. Some of the supplied file URLS didn’t work, but that could be managed without much trouble.

All in all, a worthwhile addition to any one’s ‘rebuilding a PC’ toolbox.

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