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Chocolatey Goodness on your PC

Jay Wick
June 8th, 2015 · 1 min read

I started using Chocolatey the other day and now I can't get enough of it. It's basically yum or apt-get but for PC. It handles installation, upgrade, uninstallation as well as dependencies between packages! No need to enable multiple updater services and best of all no more 20 clicks to find the latest download! Check out the following commands:

Want the latest version of VLC? Just run

choco install vlc

What to upgrade it?

choco upgrade vlc

And when it's time to uninstall you'd just enter

choco uninstall vlc

Time to upgrade everything you install via choco?

choco upgrade all --confirm

Of course you'll first have to install Chocolatey first by running this in the command prompt.

@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin

Chromium and Flash

From the featured pic, you'll note I'm using Chromium over Chrome. One annoyance is that you will have to install the new PepperFlash (uses the PPAPI) plugin now that NPAPI is deprecated. You can get Flash working on Chromium for Windows through Flash Player 18 Beta which is currently available via Adobe Labs.

My Apps

I'd love to get my stuff like Vizr and Kalq added as packages soon. But in the mean time here's a list of apps I recommend in the form of a choco install batch script.

choco feature enable --name=allowGlobalConfirmation
REM basics
choco install dotnet4.5
choco install dropbox
choco install winrar
choco install microsoftsecurityessentials
REM web
choco install chromium
choco install flashplayerplugin
REM media
choco install vlc
choco install steam
choco install blender
choco install handbrake.install
choco install markdownpad2
choco install torrid
choco install icofx
choco install screamer
choco install windowslivewriter
REM dev
choco install visualstudiocommunity2013
choco install androidstudio
choco install sublimetext3
choco install nodejs
choco install console2
choco install sourcetree
choco install mongodb
choco install android-sdk
choco install unity
choco install innosetup
choco install robomongo
choco install autohotkey.portable
REM admin
choco install sysinternals
choco install fiddler
choco install teamviewer
choco install winscp
choco install winmerge
choco install truecrypt
choco install recuva
choco install rufus

Read more

Scott Hanselman has a great read about Chocolatey from 2013, but it's still relevant today.

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