on my old machine, under 'this pc' in gui, only chocolatey and the gui are listed. is that normal? there are a hundred applications installed there 3 dozen popular ones. on my new machines, under 'this pc' in gui, nothing is listed even though i installed dozens of popular applications with ninite i.e. firefox chrome vlc etc.
Chocolatey only tracks what was installed my chocolatey by default, and so does Chocolatey GUI. There's a Chocolatey feature to tracked installed applications outside chocolatey, but it's not something we're incorporating short term.
Boxstarter also get's my recommendation. Not only is it simple, it handles things like reboots that GUI won't, as well as features that don't fall under GUI's perview.
@Wolf43830149_twitter basically Boxstarter is good for when you don't already have Chocolatey installed, and it also has a few convenience methods that Chocolatey doesn't yet have for disabling/adjusting Windows settings and applying Windows Updates
and for syncing your applications from Programs and Features and the settings for those, you would need to couple normal backups with the Chocolatey Business feature that allows Chocolatey to track your otherwise installed programs
it sounds good, but i'm not an IT pro, just a dude with 100 applications incl video and photographic that dreads migrating machines. i just want scripts so i can factory reset more frequently and migrate without dread. i now have c, cgui, and boxstarter installed. boxstarter docs is starting to get me cross-eyed as i'm not a shell guy until just now.
for simplicity, can i give it the same install commands as choco i.e cinst office365?
@mwallner personally, I would have no objections to the tray icon.
@Wolf43830149_twitter since boxstarter is really an extension that sits on top of chocolatey, it does understand chocolatey commands, however, you will either need to create a gist or a chocolatey package, that you can pass to boxstarter so that it can function.
i hope i can follow it all (will try). Q: how do i search or find the names of packages to install in boxstarter i.e. office365? also, are package names the same for c/cgui and b? if not ok to post Qs for boxstarter here, lmk where.
@Wolf43830149_twitter if you already have chocolatey installed you can also use clist office365 and it will search online and any other Chocolatey sources you have configured (handy if you have one for work too)