When we published our analysis of tools to keep your software up-to-date, many of you mentioned Ninite and their products. Therefore, I decided to try them and learn more about how to use the Ninite Updater or the free Ninite service to keep your software up-to-date. Here is what I learned.
Working with Ninite Updater
Once you install it, Ninite Updater can be found in the notification area, running at each Windows startup.
When updates are found, its icon’s color changes from green to orange and you are notified about the available updates.
If you click on the notification (or double-click the Ninite Updater icon), you get a list with details about the available updates.
You can select which updates you want performed and then click on Update.
Ninite Updater now starts to download and silently installed all the updates you selected.
One thing users will enjoy is the ability to ignore updates for any of the applications found in Ninite Updater’s database. Right click on the icon, then on Ignore and select the application whose updates you want ignored.
How Good Is Ninite Updater?
Especially when it comes to software for which we pay money, we are all interested to know how good it is. If you are using mostly applications from their database of 92 applications, Ninite Updater will be awesome. It will keep everything up-to-date and make the download and installation process as painless and "click-free" as possible.
However, if you use many other applications, not included in their database, the results will be different. To put things into perspective, I compared Ninite Updater with the results obtain by other applications, in our previous analysis: The Best Tools to Check for Software Updates.
For the same tests, Ninite Updater detected updates for 13 out of the total of 18 applications and for all 4 most vulnerable applications that were used for making tests. These are still very good results.
What is better about Ninite Updater, when compared to similar solutions, is that it handles the download and installation process for all your updates, thus making the update experience as painless as possible.
What I Would Love to See in Future Versions?
Even though my experience with Ninite Updater was good, I would like to suggest some capabilities that will be loved by geeks. First of all, add the possibility for Ninite Updater to close itself automatically when no new updates are found. This way there is one less icon to attend to and fewer resources being used.
Second, would be to offer the chance to cancel the download and installation of some updates, during the update process. If, for example, larger applications take too much time to download, it would be nice to cancel the update just for them, and continue it for the others.
The Free Ninite Based Alternative
If you still don’t want to consider paying money for Ninite Updater, you can use the free Ninite service for the same purpose.
Go to the Ninite webpage, select the applications you want to keep up-to-date and download the special ".exe" file created based on your choices.
Then, you can run that file from time to time and it will automatically detect new updates and install them for you.
To make it simpler for you, you can even create a scheduled task which runs this file once a week.
The downside is that, if you started using other applications from their database, you need to download a new file, which looks for updates for both the previous applications and the new ones. Also, if you stop using some applications and uninstall them, running the same Ninite updater will install them again.
What is Your Experience With Ninite?
I’m sure many of you have used Ninite products. Therefore, don’t hesitate to share your experience with them and any complaints or useful tips you might have. We, the Ninite team and other readers will appreciate them.