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Using Chocolatey to Install/Update Software?


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#1 F1Help

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 11:30 AM

Hi,

Is it a good idea to use Chocolatey to install/update software on a Windows 7/10 PC?  Is it reliable and safe to use?  Will it avoid PUPs and malware?  Is the PowerShell that it uses safe?

I currently use Ninite and Patch My PC Updater, which I am very pleased with.  I find SUMo is also good for checking for outdated software (but it does not support automatic updates).  However, some apps like FreeFileSync and Speccy (installed, non-portable) are supported only by Chocolatey.

Thanks.



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Posted 26 April 2018 - 01:09 PM

There is never a need...for anyone...install "update software."

 

Windows...and some applications...will install updates through their own mechanisms.

 

Hardware drivers...do not need to be "updated" or replaced...unless there is a specific advantage to be gained by such update or the current driver is damaged/corrupt and causing problems.

 

Programs which reflect drivers (e.g., antivirus, video editors, etc.) will generally notify users when an upgraded version is available.

 

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 11:53 AM

You can look into PDQ Deploy. There is a free and paid version which is cheap for what it does. It's well loved by many sys admins. If you go for the free version, there are generous contributors on several SysAdmin forums who post a link to their custom repositories where they have done the work of creating the packages for many popular 3rd party softwares for you to download and deploy to your workstations.



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Posted 29 April 2018 - 10:18 AM

Thanks for your feedback.  I had a look at Chocolatey and PDQ Deploy but for now decided to stick with the apps in my original post alongside manual installation.






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