NOTE: I am not affiliated with Ninite.com in any way.
Back in the bad days of setting up ‘out of the box’ computers for people, I would try to maintain an archive of the ‘commonly free installed programs’ to save on remembering what programs to get, where to get them, and then actually downloading/installing them. (Firefox, Flash, Java, Putty, Essentials Antivirus, codecs, etc)
Then one day I came across Ninite.com.
Go to the site, you are presented with a list of programs/checkboxes.
Check what you want, download the program, and WALK AWAY. Everything automatically downloads and installs all the selected programs (it even picks the correct options and ops-out of ANY bundled toolbar plugins).