What is Chocolatey?
Chocolatey is a package manager for Windows (like apt-get or yum but for Windows). It was designed to be a decentralized framework for quickly installing applications and tools that you need. It is built on the NuGet infrastructure currently using PowerShell as its focus for delivering packages from the distros to your door, err computer. - https://www.chocolatey.org/about
To Install Chocolatey, follow the steps below for the version of Windows you are running.
Open a PowerShell Prompt as an Administration Click Star Menu Type PowerShell Right Click on Windows PowerShell Select Run as Administrator Windows 10 PowerShell Menu Click Yes on the to allow PowerShell to Open In PowerShell enter the following commands Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Force
iwr https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1 -UseBasicParsing | iex
Chocolatey will download and install Windows 10 Chocolatey Install Windows 7 Open a PowerShell Prompt as an Administration Click Star Menu Type PowerShell Right Click on Windows PowerShell Select Run as Administrator Windows 7 Menu PowerShell Click Yes on the to allow PowerShell to Open In PowerShell enter the following commands Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Force
iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString(https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1))
Chocolatey will download and install Windows 7 Chocolatey Install Using Chocolatey When using Chocolatey run it using a Command Prompt run as an Administrator.
Once Chocolatey is installed we need to enable some features which make it easier to use.
choco feature enable -n=allowGlobalConfirmation
choco feature enable -n=allowEmptyChecksum
The first option suppresses the Prompt for confirmation in scripts or bypass, this way you dont have to keep answering Yes to confirm installation.
The second option Allow packages to have empty/missing checksums, if a maintainer has not included a Checksum in the installation package it will still install it.
To install software Open a Command Prompt as an Administrator and enter the command
choco install <Software>
So if you wanted to install 7-Zip you would enter:
choco install 7zip
Chocolatey Install 7zip
Finding packages to install is simple, you can use the website https://chocolatey.org/packages or you can use the command
choco search <Software>
Updating software is also easy. Use the following command
choco update all
This will check what software is installed by Chocolatey and if their are any updates will download and install them.
Conslusion For now chocolatey is all I need. No longer do I need to keep a folder of software installers. Just install chocolatey and it does the rest.