Windows 10 – Fresh install, package managers

Window Open Blue Operating System

The command line is a wonderful tool, but I admit I haven’t paid too much attention to it in Windows. However, things are about to change.

In an effort to ease the process of reinstalling the apps I use in windows, this tutorial will start with installing a package manager.

A package manager choice

The choices for a package manager were:

  • https://chocolatey.org
    The winner – especially with its 6779 packages at this moment – Chocolatey does not have the nicest homepage (yes, this matters to me, too, as it translates in the care the developers have for details), it seems to be a very-very good solution.
  • https://just-install.github.io
    With being hosted on github, this is was open source right off the bat. Together with the rather large number of packages supported – 259 at the moment I wrote this article – and a clean interface, this is a strong choice. It failed being first, because of an error when trying to install the Brave Browser;
  • https://scoop.sh
    Seems like a clean way of handing package installation, with a lot of them to install, but much too programmer oriented in my shallow documented opinion.

Some installed programs

After installing chocolatey by following the instructions on its homepage, I have installed the following:

  • choco install brave
  • choco install googlechrome
  • choco install git openssh conemu vscode notepadplusplus -y
  • choco install virtualbox
  • choco install vagrant -y
  • choco install packer
  • choco install googlechrome -y

But also know about: choco uninstall googlechrome (do not do it for Chrome though, it is great! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

This were only the first I could think of. And after a fresh install of the OS.. wow! this was fast!

Closing notes

I am thinking that the next step is to find something that defines an init.bat file or something which automates the whole process. However, I do not reinstall my operating system often enough to need to go that far.