You've taken the plunge and installed Windows 7. We've rounded these apps and tips that will help you fine tune the OS so it runs just the way you want it to.

Chances are, you've taken the plunge and installed Windows 7 on your PC. But now comes the fiddly part - fine tuning the machine so its runs just how you want it to.

In particular, I've always hated reinstalling software after an OS migration, as it involves digging out CDs, downloading apps from lots of different sites, and then manually installing everything. Takes forever.

Thankfully, I've found salvation in the form of Ninite, a new service that automatically downloads and installs popular software.

All you do is scroll through Ninite's list of 70-odd apps, marking the ones you want.

The service offers the most current versions of nearly every popular mainstream program, including Firefox, Skype, OpenOffice, iTunes, Picasa and Revo Uninstaller.

Once you've made your picks, click Get Installer to download a small executable file. When you're ready, run that file and sit back while Ninite goes to work.

How long does it take? That depends on how many programs you've selected.

I chose a baker's dozen (including the trial version of Office 2007 Standard, which I already own - now I just have to type in the security key), and I'd swear Ninite was done in all of 10 minutes.

I'll bet the service saved me a couple hours of manual labour. It worked flawlessly, and it installed 90 percent of the programs I use regularly. Awesome. Just awesome. And did I mention Ninite is free?

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