A recent conversation on a tech director listserv made me sit up a bit and want to write down a few of the solutions they use to keep Windows installations up to date.
Solutions used included the following free ones:
AppUpdater – Appupdater provides advanced functionality to Windows, similar to apt-get or yum on Linux. It automates the process of installing and maintaining up to date versions of programs. It is fully customizable for use in a corporate environment.
Ninite Pro – Pick your apps then use the Ninite created installer to get the latest versions of those apps installed on your computers. The Pro version enables you to do even more.
NPackd – Npackd (pronounced “unpacked”) is an application store/package manager/marketplace for applications for Windows. It helps you to find and install software, keep your system up-to-date and uninstall it if no longer necessary. You can watch this short video to better understand how it works. The process of installing and uninstalling applications is completely automated (silent or unattended installation and un-installation). There is also a command line based version of Npackd.