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MultiSet 6.3 Giveaway
$99.95
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Giveaway of the day — MultiSet 6.3

Rebuild your system with required applications via automatic installation.
$99.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 679 (56%) 524 (44%) 107 comments

MultiSet 6.3 was available as a giveaway on January 21, 2009!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$24.95
free today
Best Hard Disk Drive Cloning Software.

Want to create a WindowsXP installation disk that will automatically install the OS Windows without asking questions about username, product key, time and locale settings? At the same time your favorite applications are automatically installed, the necessary keys are entered into the registry, drivers are updated, new patches (service packs) from Microsoft are installed. It's possible and you can do it easily with Almeza MultiSet!

Almeza MultiSet will automatically install all the applications you require, either onto your original computer or onto a new one. It's an ideal solution for rebuilding your systems quickly!

Besides, Almeza MultiSet can create bootable CDs/DVDs. Such disks can be used as a rescue means after a system crash. To completely restore the system, you will only have to insert such a disk into the CD/DVD drive.

System Requirements:

Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Publisher:

Almeza Company

Homepage:

http://www.almeza.com/

File Size:

5.5 MB

Price:

$99.95

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#107

When I looked at the previous comments, 3 months after the Gift of Almeza Multiset, I realise that very few people really run the program. I tried it, several attempts to create installation packages. It does not work, at least on my windows XP. It runs, I see the folders, create a new folder, see the recording pannel, indicated the path of the executable file etc. but nothing happens... the program runs non stop, forcing me to use ctrl+alt+del to stop it every time.

Sure, I am the administrator of my computer, sure, I unactivated the antivirus and all other programs. Multiset did not work.

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#106

This software was absolutely useless to me. I've been mostly self-taught on computers and have been doing pretty well for about 8 years now, but this program was impossible for me to figure out, even with the "help" section. If it is user-friendly, it may be that way only for people who probably don't really need a program that can do its job "hands-free."

The instructions were not all that clear, and seemed woefully lacking in necessary information in order to get past the first two or three steps. I couldn't complete the process, so I would still need to hire a tech to make these disks for me. Even then I would wonder if I could make proper use of them without further technical assistance from someone with a computer-science degree and lots of experience.

Reply   |   Comment by js  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#105

"What I really want is a program that will easily & simply make an ISO image of my whole system,including all I have installed, burn it to multiple disks, & later be able to put in those disks & have them self-execute. IS THERE a free program like that out there??? If so, please tell me what it is! I had to reformat the hard way 6 times last year, & I don’t want to do it again! Thanks!"

This app give you a full working version trial for 15 days

http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/download/link/?TrueImage2009_d_en.exe

Reply   |   Comment by e_mortal  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#104

This program may be neccessary when installing software in a classroom.
But please remember that this program may be used only for personal purposes...
Summing up, very good program with very low (legal) utility factor... :-(

Reply   |   Comment by adamm  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#103

Damned, I DL'd it but didn't install it rightaway. Thought I'd do that later, but than forgot to do it. Now I see the offer is gone. Can someone confirm that I didn't miss alot ? There's no way around I guess ? So why don't they just change this whole giveaway so that the giveaway depends on the time you DL'd it and not the time you ask fot your key. This way I could DL it and start the the reg process later.

Reply   |   Comment by JimB  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#102

With applications, this program works a lot like the old ZENworks. To create a package, you run multiset and clik on the new package button, then it "records" (monitors) your computer via the installation and creates an installation package based on everything the program did while installing. Once saved, you can use that installation package to install again later.

I wonder if this would work with SOTD programs. I install all these great aps, and if my computer needs replacing, I lose all the aps - sounds ike Multiset just might be what I need to retain those. Thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by LJRivera  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#101

@ 96
Check out: http://perfect-pc.atheart.dk

Reply   |   Comment by Joern Nielsen  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#100

Good software, has a few spelling mistakes but it's not the end of the world. the fact you can install "default applications" as part of the install COE certainly does make this useful in it's own area, something nlite can't do unless you call them "drivers".

Only caveat is that you cannot extract an "already installed" application or an "already installed" driver package. There was another GAOTD that did do that and allowed you to turn already installed system drivers into "installables" (anyone know the name? I lost it with a system wipe) however so if you still had that you could just add those driver "packs" to this application.

Worked well, generated a CD using the Starburn engine (as per previous GAOTD), Superb application and well worth the download as a "just in case"

Bit late to download it now though!

Reply   |   Comment by anton  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#99

EVERYONE out there. Please note. You can reuse all of the giveaway programs. After you have installed the program an activated it. Then right click on start....click on explore....go to C drive...scroll down to program files. find the program you want to keep (incase of loss) the copy and burn on to a disk or flash drive. BECAUSE this is the folder that the program or game has installed into, you will have your full working program/application/game. If you copy this WHOLE folder onto a disk or whatever. IT IS yours to keep, fully workable, THERE IS NO need to active it. Does every one understand this. I have always done this, and YES I still have my Giveaways. And have full use of them, and use on different computers and made copies for others. Simple really. I hope this is explained and peoples will know now that you can save and reuse giveaways.

Reply   |   Comment by LadyL  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#98

It is probably too late here already to get advise before giveaway expires, but i get the impression that if you have clean windows only on a virtual partition ( access denied and bundled with tons of promtional crap you have to uninstall every full system restore, no cds) like my HP then this sw and similar will not be much use. If i am wrong, please set me straight in the next hour or i'll have to pass on this.
THX as always to GOTD crew.

Reply   |   Comment by Sam Hell  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#97

I also gave it a try, & am very disappointed. It is very difficult to understand from the interface, & I HATE figuring out & studying how to use a program before I can use it! THEN you discover some other unpleasant things. It makes you do as much to create the disks as it would if you were doing a reformat. If I wanted to reformat & take all that time & energy & work & hassle & worry & getting out all the disks & registration numbers & all, well... I DON'T! This is what I would hope to AVOID by using a program for such a thing. I thought that's what this was for?? :) Also, like said above, it also says nothing about disk-spanning, for more than 1 disk! I have 65.8 Gigs on my system, so 1 disk isn't gonna do it!
What I really want is a program that will easily & simply make an ISO image of my whole system,including all I have installed, burn it to multiple disks, & later be able to put in those disks & have them self-execute. IS THERE a free program like that out there??? If so, please tell me what it is! I had to reformat the hard way 6 times last year, & I don't want to do it again! Thanks!
Thanks for the offer GOTD! :) And thanks Almeza also.

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#96

To # 70 George from Colorado

There are 3 files in the zip file. The readme.txt, setup.exe and another called activate_multiset... that is the file that you need to drag into the folder where the program installed. The program should be located in the following location Program Files/Almeza/Multiset

I hope that helps.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#95

@Ashraf (#2) - you can convert programs into 'addons', and integrate them using the updates screen, but this works only with nLite, not vLite. (Pre-made addons available at wincert.net, winaddons.com etc.) MultiSet works differently, and supports Vista for application integration. I suggest you use both programs (nLite/vLite and MultiSet) in conjunction for best results. Thanks GOTD, this app will definitely come in handy!

Reply   |   Comment by KsbjA  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#94

this be very good I try make it on CD/RW fist then DVD
not the same as nlite is to take out this to add on reg ok read the readme copy the the file in Almeza and reopen it reg to giveawayoftheday to check Help > About.

Reply   |   Comment by hotdoge3  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#93

I tried to download this software on two different computers. Got the zip file on the desktop, on a jump-drive, and on a CD. Can't do a damn thing with it; won't unzip - can't read the readme.txt file - can't do anything with it. WTF???

Reply   |   Comment by derlehrer  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#92

Thursday’s free games have now been posted over in the forums. Jan 22nd is a significant day for space exploration, so I thought I’d so a special and post several space orientated games. Apart from re-linking the space shoot ‘em ups thread, where you’ll find nearly 70 excellent space related games from simulators, strategy and shooters, in 2D and 3D, commonly referred to as (schmup’s).

I’ve posted details of five games that include Fraxy, The Ur-Quann Masters, Carpe Universum, Ray-Hound and Still Bomber. I also mention the abandon ware title Universal Combat which can be found in the 'schmup’s' thread:


http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/forums/topic/4648#post-49682

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka Stephen  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#91

#1 Don't complain about the price, its free today, get it if you want it, dont if you dont.

#2 This is better than most imaging programs (yes I have used both) because with them, you can only restore on the original computer (with the exception of Acronis True Image with Universal Restore) This one can install on any computer that is powerful enough to run the OS (operating system) you are trying to install. This is great for installing your OS, and your important programs like Microsoft Office, and things like that if you need to do a clean re-install every year or so.

Reply   |   Comment by Nolan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#90

Thanks for putting an uninstall in the Program Files directory; it saved me opening up the Control panel to remove this crap.
I followed your directions on registering and it told me I was not allowed to do this.
this is the first giveawayoftheday that has screwed up.
Imagine trusting you to back up my system.

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#89

In response to :
“u need to install this on a fresh copy of windows to be able to reinstall programs that u like” Again, far as I can tell that would be necessary *IF/WHEN* you’re recording things. In that respect I don’t know how much better it would be to use Multiset instead of just using a disc image — in fact why record an install on a mostly identical (or identical) PC/Laptop, when if you’ve got one set up, all you have to do is create a disc image? A disc image takes less time to create & copy to a hard drive, & is more foolproof. Alternatively you can also work with the different sort of OS images you create with the Microsoft AIK, updating them as images for example when the monthly security updates come out."

All i was trying to say was the programs information can be misleading or maybe just my poor english, but what i thought of this program when i installed it was that i could create a disk with windows and programs that i chose to install,which is the case but only for programs that u record with it and not programs u already have installed prior to multiset (which would really make it worth the $99, to me atleast since i like to install and try new programs all the time), and everyone knows that installing and removing programs allot is not healthy for windows, and you are right, for that reason i use ghost and ashampoo uninstaller to completely remove programs i dont like, i just thought this program could replace those 2,and what is it with you have to disable your security software when recording?, that is just absolutly unexeptable.

Reply   |   Comment by Caveman  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#88

I am a PC dummy with little more than 30 years since big blue. I do not understand how to use this piece after reading most of the precious advices and the help. If this piece has been written for PC experts at premium prices, it is not for dummy users like me and many other clients. Is it so difficult to keep the product simple to understand and operate?

Reply   |   Comment by KT  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#87

#73 Hi Giovanni,

Thank you for your interesting comments.
I am also not an IT technie too. It will be great to be able to restore all those programs now installed in my PC in case of a crash. You said that it can be done for programs already installed in the PC - I will appreciate if you can tell me how that can be done, for example, if the Multiset is installed today.

Take this senario: I am now running Windows XP SP3 and have about 70 programs already installed (about 50 of them are from GOTD). How do I make a Multiset Bootable CD with all the programs included without previously having recorded them in Multiset? Remember, the Multiset is only installed today. Do you have to reinstal all the programs all over again to be recorded by Multiset? If that need to be done, how do you reintal all those giveaways after the giveaway of the day had expired (for the purpose of recording by Multiset)? Don't forget the "Giveaways" expire after 24 hours.

I agree, It will be fantastic if I can put everything into Multiset.

With my limited understanding of Multiset, you need to reinstall the Windows XP SP3 and have it recorded. There doesn't seem to be a way for all those giveaways to be re-recorded. How then do you restore them when your PC crashed.

Yes, it is useful if after you instal the Multiset and start to record all your future installations, and only those can be restore. But how do you restore all those 70 programs plus the Win XP SP3 already in the PC, that had not been previously recorded?
Will surely appreciate if you can help. Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Mario  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#86

I find this program to be utterly useless. A "wizard" (as the developers call it, it is really nothing but an advertisement) pops up that makes a lot of promises, and then dumps straight into the program with no intuitive way to use it. If you want to create an unattended Windows install disk with service packs, drivers and programs, you can use Nlite, BartPE or any number of free and inexpensive shareware programs, all of which will walk you through the necessary steps with clearly detailed faqs and/or help files. Multiset appears to me to be nothing more than an overpriced macro recorder.

Reply   |   Comment by gmon  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#85

#51: Some people will always do silly things, & that's well, just life. And someone that lacks PC abilities could more than make up for it in other areas -- i.e. how many computer geeks are great cooks, or auto mechanics? Since they don't kick the nerds out of the kitchen, or force them to eat out or buy take-out, we can't pretend to try & force them to use or not use whatever software.

'Sides, if you haven't figured out how to keep people from asking you to fix their PC yet, perhaps that's where you need to focus your attention. ;?P
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#56: Dream On... ;?P

*IF* such software were possible, it'd make someone a fortune. However a lot of software can be compared to an old tree with what seems like miles and miles of roots. To get rid of every bit of those *roots* takes a specialized cleaning program, and they're only developed for things like common drivers (ATI, Creative...) as far as I know. That's why so many folks regularly wipe their hard drives & start over.
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#58: Almost all programs will ask you to close all other programs, plus often turn off A/V software etc during installation. And basically it's a matter of covering their butts. ;-) In truth, *IF* the other software conflicts with what you're installing, it might not install. And in truth *IF* the software you're running is using a file that the software installation wants to update, it can't. Actual problems are fairly rare, but from a software developer's reasoning, if turning this stuff off eliminates just one support request, cool.
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#62: Stephen, there's really nothing hard or magic about Multiset -- it's quite a bit easier than many of the alternatives, & especially easier than modding a windows installation set-up from a disc to work off an USB stick. It's very basically just a Macro Recorder, that records everything you do to install whatever. Since you're not altering any installation files, if they're good to start with, they'll be good after Multiset packages them, & that's all you're doing -- packaging for example a Windows install CD/DVD inside a Multiset program, that will remember things like what time zone to select when the Windows install asks.

The obvious downside is when it becomes worth it, or not, to package everything together... sure you can include every program you want on a PC, monitoring each install & creating a pretty neat package -- but you just spent longer than it would take to just install that stuff in the 1st place! In a nutshell, & in IMHO, when an image will work, you're better off that way -- when it won't, then there's Multiset.
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#70: All you have to do is run the setup program, then *copy* the license file into the same folder. The newer version available at the developer's site *Will Not* work with that GOTD license file -- use the GOTD set-up.
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#73: Actually Giovanni, Multiset works as a portable app, according to posts in it's forum... [in truth, it's not a pure portable app, since it does try to write to the registry, but there's nothing there that it needs to run.] That means that as long as you stored a copy of the program folder somewhere, you'll in theory *never* have to worry about re-installation or loosing the key etc. So no need to worry about re-installing a trial or loosing anything, plus I'd think any disks it creates are a stand-alone affair -- only need the licensed program to create the disks originally.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#84

I installed this tool and ran it. When I tried to create a rescue CD in order to do this I have to know the location of 2 files I have no idea where they are located though I used search to try and find them. This tool requires you know about either hidden files or some weird files that normal computer users cant locate. Or at least I cant anyway. Anyone know where these 2 files are at? Distribution folder is one of them and the other is,Universal Multiset file. Though they give an example where they "should be". They are not there.

Reply   |   Comment by ron  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#83

Thank you so much Joe #14..... a lot of us out here are just "non-computer" ....not "computer... it's are life" kinda people. I'am not putting down people that the computer is their life..I envy them..I wish I had something that turned my crank ..and I could grasp as a true hobbie, or if need be "life'.... but i don't ..it's nice that somebody can speak to us sometimes..... thanks Buddy

Reply   |   Comment by Boomer  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#82

I try to create Automatic applications installation but there is no way to complete all installation.

Program is not good!

Reply   |   Comment by Gordan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#81

I just want to thank all of you for your reviews. From what I've read MultiSet will install on my Vista machine, but I'd be better off avoiding it and going with vLite instead. That is the course I will take. Again, many thanks for the time savings, at least.

Happy Dae.

Reply   |   Comment by Dae Powell  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#80

Using this program with a nLite/vLite modded Windows system in my opinion works well in regards to installing alot of additional software other than the OS in a short amount of time. I've used this before and this was able to install about 10 programs in about 5 minutes and the created disk only had a size of 230 MB. I recommend!
I also confirm that there is a Vista Instillation file for this. Yes this may be a hassle in regards to moving over all the files from your Windows instillation disk, but for those who don't want to install the WAIK (Windows Automated Instillation Kit), a 1.3 gb instillation, this is the way to go. There are also plenty of resources for manually slipstreaming service packs online for those who want to save the hassle of installing the service packs post Windows install. Again I see this program still as a benefit.

Reply   |   Comment by Daschmi  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#79

I'll pass on this one. I use Paragon Hard Disk Manager. I've got a clean image with everything I use saved on a second drive AND on a DVD (just in case). I usually format XP Pro yearly. With Paragon, just take the image from the second drive or the DVD and in about a half an hour, I've got a perfectly clean, freshly restored drive.

You should begin with a fresh install, plus install whatever other software you use regularly. That just makes good sense. If you have a clean OS along with your normal software, your computer is just as it came from the store.

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#78

Thank you very much.
I don't understand why a lot of you people complain about a free program, " What Is Wrong With You " are not you people ever happy, so sad. I am a a old man and I am always happy with what ever I get for free, if it doesn't do what I think it should do I just delete it that's all.
Don't complain.

Reply   |   Comment by John Hall  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#77

Wow. So good to see Multiset again. I had been regularly using it, but then I lost it to a virus. Glad that its back again.

Nice program, a must have if you keep freshly reinstalling windows in a month or two (And I am not being sarcastic). Easy to use and does the job.

Reply   |   Comment by JK  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#76

THEY (ALMEZA) STATE:

"Want to create a WindowsXP installation disk that will automatically install the OS Windows without asking questions about username, product key, time and locale settings? At the same time your favorite applications are automatically installed, the necessary keys are entered into the registry, drivers are updated, new patches (service packs) from Microsoft are installed. It’s possible and you can do it easily with Almeza MultiSet!

Almeza MultiSet will automatically install all the applications you require, either onto your original computer or onto a new one. It’s an ideal solution for rebuilding your systems quickly!

Besides, Almeza MultiSet can create bootable CDs/DVDs. Such disks can be used as a rescue means after a system crash. To completely restore the system, you will only have to insert such a disk into the CD/DVD drive."

Ok, I thought WOW HOW COOL! i can install this program, click add all INSTALLS to a folder I choose and I would be able to backup everything on my system and even create CD/DVD(S) of everything on my system so I can easily reinstall if needed in the future. Sorry but after installing Almeza Multi-Set i was very sadly disappointed by all the installations i would have to actually do just to backup my full system, Sorry but it's NOT EASILY Done, and it's not even better suited if you are on a freshly installed copy of windows, man! you STILL Have to make install packages of everything Multi-Set does not even use the already installed softwares as a basis for the backup, good lord so there goes my wishes for a fun day and a fabulous future of installs... EASILY So they say and not even having to enter product key for windows, that's a crock as well, you MUST enter windows xp/ or vista valid product key... WELL you better hope it's valid and You enter it correctly, iam not sure if Multi-Set accounts for invalid entry of the key or not, but it ASKS For it and it states in the above Almeza Quoted text that it does NOT and that it AUTOMATICALLY backs-up Your softwares for you. well SURE after You define where all (300+ (in my systems case) installations are located, THEN put them in special directory, oh god the horror continues... but in all light heartedness, I will stick with my purchased acronis true image v11 home Edition, I do not even have to have it installed, i just have it on cd and i dont even have to boot it from cd once i install it to Hard drive I just press F11 to load Acronis True Image then use my secure zone (allocated/ hidden partition) to make image backups. That's what I do and it works, sure security is a must so that no malwares (Malicious Wares) get into the system, but that's a Given. For security other than some purchased security like Agnitum Outpost security Professional, I also use and highly recommend the following FREEBIES...

Spyware Terminator (FREE For Home Users, YES Totally Free) www.spywareterminator.com AND it's web module:

"Web Security Guard" (FREE ALSO) And the much needed:

"System Protect" www.system-protect.com which protects system files (Windows tries to but fails of course, this DOESN'T Fail quite so easily at protecting th sum 50,000 o so system files in my Vista)

OK! that's about enough of my ramblings;

Happy Computing -=8^)

Reply   |   Comment by StanDP  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

Hi all!

This application was given earlier by GAOTD team and in fact I already have version 6.1 installed in my PC.

It got a good review on SOFTPEDIA also.

Unlike MARIO (are you Italian??), who probably din't understand what this SW is designed to, I find this SW very useful indeed because with this tool you can RESTORE all your applications and SOFTWARE previously installed in your PC, included previous GAOTD with the necessary keys saved into the registry, in case of sudden system CRASH.

Actually what this cool tool does is to create a standalone Windows XP (and VISTA) installation disk, based on info you give it in advance, so as to make a pre-configured unattended OS (namely without prompts) to save into a custom Windows XP (or VISTA) installation CD which can be used to install the OS and the chosen programs again in any location and as many times as you want!!

It also records the installation procedure of other software applications allowing users to replay that specific installation, through a “script”, so that the program is installed automatically all the time users need it creating an unattended install CD that boots up, installs Windows (XP or VISTA) along with all the various programs needed for it, but the best part of it is that all these operations are provided automatically.

So all you have to do is just to choose your favourite applications and then insert a disk into the CDROM, DVDROM or FlashDrive to undertake the complete installation procedure following instructions.

In other words with MultiSet you can create an operating system tailored for your own specific needs using any media (CD/DVD/Flash/Hard Drive) wherever and whenever you like.

That means that when you have to reinstall your Windows XP or VISTA following a CRASH you are no longer forced to format the system drive, configure your original operating system, install the necessary software, enter serial keys, tweak and/or restore the previous system etc...

So what's the problem?

Why did both you and Ashraf warn bloggers that this TOOL is useless or even dangerous for non advanced PC users ?? Can't undestand that!

MultiSet is, in my humble view, an extremely helpful product which saves an awful amount of time both for regular users and those who deal with client system crashes on a regular basis. Perfect for those PC users like me who do a lot of installs of Windows and other applications on a daily basis.

It can be used not only to create a bootable disk that will install Windows with its latest service packs and pathces, but also device drivers, video and audio codecs, players and any other software that you need, all this in a single process.

Although it is admittedly a little pain to run it (but the help file even includes a guide on how to create a bootable windows disc with applications) with this TOOL you can reinstall any of the programs you want back in case of crash, included previous GAOTD, even though I personally know other SW and tricks to do that...LOL!!

Please note that the antivirus software and firewall must be disabled when the program is running.

If you still don't trust it you can test it on a virtual PC program and install the OS via this program, as if you have another PC in your PC (use VIRTUALBOX which is FREEWARE...LOL!!).



So in the end I once again (the second time in 3 days....LOL!!) don't agree with my friend ASHRAF (what's up with you man??) who recommend to ditch this SW.



FREEWARE ALTERNATIVES??



Well, although this is NOT a backup utility (it neither lets you use the same copy of XP on different machines where you didn't install the program on, nor clone or copy the current drive), basically I believe that a CLONE of the HD onto another hard drive is the best real way to go if the worst should ever happen....LOL!!



Having said that FREE applications which do more or less the same things are:


- nLITE

http://www.nliteos.com/


- vLITE

http://www.vlite.net/


- RYANVM INTEGRATOR

http://integrator.siginetsoftware.com/index.php?download





All in all I'll stick with this GAOTD program, upgrading from version 6.1 to 6.3, because, unlike the other freeware mentioned above, it supports software pre-installation so the script creation process is automated, instead of manual, and it's also easily customizable to other applications that don’t have scripts already made for them (by the way do you know Ashraf that Microsoft does not recommend use nLite\vLite?). So it's true that you can do the same things with nLite but to do so you need to know how to create OEM pre-installation scripts and packaging which of course is not an easy task especially for an ordinary PC user like me for instance (unfortunately I'm not a tech expert like ASHRAF...LOL!!!).

Moreover Multiset is also much easier than the other FREEWARE mentioned above since it just records what you do.

So with this tool you can burn a backup of your favourites applications along with an autoinstall GUI player on your bootable CD, which can be used even if your original copy stored on your HD gets corrupted and even if you lose Multiset.

Of course the CATCH to this GAOTD is that it must be activated today but if you lose the MULTISET GAOTD KEY LICENCE you will at worst lose the macro-recorder but NOT your APPLICATIONS because you can anyway download it from the web and use it for at least 30 days...LOL!!).

All the more reason to save a copy of this GAOTD on a portable device.


Cheers from Italy!!

Giovanni

Reply   |   Comment by GIOVI 69  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

Hi everyone !
Old fans, members of GOTD Partener Program , we're reviewing the giveaways from time to time when we find interesting aspects .
Today we agree with the majority in here : interesting concept built in a rather strange solution .
# 41 Johny - Nobody answered your question : Almeza is a russian company .
Our review is here :
http://for-free-on-internet.com/2009/01/almeza-multiset-63-worth-9995-free-on-giveawayof-thedaycom/

Thanks GOTD !

Reply   |   Comment by Adrian  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

I was tempted to download this but then thought better of it. there are just too many questions.

Unfortunately, I have come to rely on fubar's comments, as over time he has had the most consistent reviews. His knowledge of computers and software is self evident by just reading his posts. This however, is a problem when he doesn't post. Quite unfair to put that on him. But nonetheless, it's what I do.

There are many others who post intelligent comments and I do take their opinions into consideration. Then there are those that mean well but pretty much have no clue about what they are talking about. They go googling around and get others opinions and morph all that info into comments they take as their own. Without somewhat knowing how software operates and how it performs on different systems they do a great dis-service to the many here that are true nubies. I think we can all pick out at least one person that does this. Maybe more.

Anyway.....my 2 cents

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

Hi All !! I tried to download this two times. Got throught to the :activation" screen and it said it was !! Then I got a screen about registering it and the bit of 30 day trial !! ??

My old 78 year old memory banks got lost !!
I thought this was a free item !!

In the past I have downloaded a few " FREE " programs and it worked find !! It showed up on my desktop iconsand my "start" program under " All Programs" !! ???

Not this one ????

I run WIN XP Home and IE 6 with all updates.

The last download was about a week ago and it worked fine !! ??


Help if someone can !!

Thanks

George
Colorado

Reply   |   Comment by George Hale  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#71

Laurie, 48. Your answer is yes, but. It's not a "Vista machine", it's just more advanced hardware that's capabable of running a newer version of Windows. It should run any older versions of Windows, usually better than your old machine because it has better hardware. Now for the but. Windows ships with the latest set of drivers available at the time of it's release. You're probably aware that drivers are the little helper programs that communicate with and control your hardware: your network card or modem, your monitor, your keyboard, etc.... So your XP disc may not have the most up to date drivers to run your new machine. It'll probably run, okay, since Windows has stripped down, basic drivers to allow you to practically get any machine running. You may notice a few glitches or a little slowness. To optimize your machine, however, you'll have to go online, to probably more than one site, to download the new XP compatible drivers. Or you can use an online service or a peice of software that will mostly find them for you. Driver Magic is one such software. You don't necessarily have to wipe out that new Vista, however. You can run them both off the same machine - called dual booting - or you can do what's called running XP in a virtual environment. With one peice of additional software Windows will simulate as if you were running a seperate XP computer. The only problem with either of these is that XP has a mild issue in playing with Vista. It negates some of Vista's backup safety features. If your careful, it's more annoying than critical. And there are ways to get around that bug.

Come back anytime, WhiteRabbit. Love to see you! :)
Seriously, I think you're right in a way, Stephen. I think people get carried away in warning people when the just mean to re-iterate BE CAREFUL. I can't agree with Voyager that they're mostly all stupid, but some of them are. After all, we see comments all the time from people who say wrong things when the information is right at the top of the page in GOTDs software description or they can find it just by following the link to the software's homepage. You're right. People should be more careful themselves about how they warn people to be careful.

(P.S. As a Yankee Anglophile, I love "stroppy". It's a wonderful piece of British slang. I guess similar to fiesty, though more willing to, as we Yankee's used to say, "get into a tussle". You're forgiven for being stroppy. :) I'm glad this is a worldwide board.)

Sorry, Voyager, but Charles is just pointing out that Windows, like anything else, has it's flaws. I'm afraid if you ignore anybody that takes shots at "Windoze" you'll be ignoring a lot of pretty sharp people. After all, most Linux users are people who abandoned "Windoze" after many years of experience - and frustration.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

There is always nLite for XP and vLite for Vista users that will allow you to create a custom Windows bootable CD.



nLite will let you add in programs, you just have to get their versions of the software that will integrate with nLite HERE So not all software is available to install with nLite.

Reply   |   Comment by TorturdChaos  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

I cannot get this program to register. This is the second program that will not register into my computer. Can any one?

Reply   |   Comment by Sharon  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

As someone who's used nLite and this software in the past, I have to say that both have their strengths and weaknesses; but this is a very worthwhile application for the just slightly more than casual computer user all the way up to the power user (to whom I'd recommend this as practically a required application). It has always been a known fact that Windows will kill itself with its instabilities and poor housekeeping of system & application components being scattered all over the place in the file structure and with a single dangerously vulnerable registry as the ONLY means to keep track of it all... So there is almost a guarantee that you will have to reinstall Windows cleanly at some point (this is true of anything built on the NT kernel - Win2000, WinXP, & Vista - and it is true, now that I think about it, for Win9x too, though for other reasons).

So having a custom CD that doesn't ask for all the usual information and that has some of the most common applications you use already preloaded into it is essential to getting "back on your feet again" quickly. Worst case scenario, you wind up spending a little time recreating a new install CD when newer versions of your favorite applications are released (like when Firefox moved from 2.x to 3.x or OpenOffice.org did the same). Still, very handy, very worthwhile! And it's great to able to install the Windows Updates ahead of time into the CD and not have to dread the hours-long process of updating that newly installed system all over again.

Reply   |   Comment by WeyrleaderZor  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

what a waste of time!!
I can't install this software.
I can't even reboot my machine.

This program is crapware.

Reply   |   Comment by David Sherman  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#66

I have no experience with similar programs so this one could be the best of its type for all i know but....
What a mess! It does a complex job so has to be somewhat complex, yes, but its Help file is the usual glorified feature list. How to *use* said features is something you'll have to figure out, By Yourself. By the looks of it i'd say the fumbling-around-in-the-dark process should take a few hours. And it promises to be nerve-wracking because if you don't get it right you could end up in all-data-lost-reformat-hard-disk hell.
To sum up: if you type "tutorial" into its Help .cfm, you get "No Topics Found".
If, as i do, you NEED, such a program, i suggest clearing up a few hours, and maybe taking a prozac... Lotsa luck!

Reply   |   Comment by marinus  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#65

Unless used for business/commercial purposes (which as we all know is against the GAOTD license agreement) I'm not sure why anyone would want to have multiple systems exactly alike. My reason to have more than one machine is so they can be used for different purposes, therefore each one is different. I have a desktop with XP Pro sp3, a desktop with Ubuntu 8.04 and a laptop with Win98. My dad's desktop has XP Pro sp3 set up just for his own needs. I have an unused copy of XP Home that I may put on the old laptop and supplement its tiny hard drive with a larger thumb drive to move selected programs off the overcrowded PC I use for GAOTD to make room for more! I used nLite once and it successfully got me through my first slipstream, so it works.

Reply   |   Comment by windowsexplorer  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#64

nLite lets you effortlessly "slipstream" S/P3 to X/P S/P2 and creates a bootable ISO image for burning to a CD. But it does require a retail Windows XP installation disk. Here's a short summary of what a contributor wrote about nLite to Fred Langa back in 2006:


"nLite lets you choose which
components to remove from Windows 2000, XP or 2003 before
installation. By removing unneeded components you gain on your
system speed and security. It supports removal of almost any
component and a few services. You can make a bootable ISO and
slipstream Service packs with a click of a button.
I've been using it for several months now and I
find it to be a interesting and powerful utility. Installing
Windows is much faster and I don't have to spend time entering my
name, key or other info. My favorite feature is Component Removal.
I can trim Windows of its bloat and it will only use 40-50% of its
default installation size. Sincerely, Kevin"

Between nLite and imaging software like PartitionMagic or Ghost the average computer user with one or two machines is pretty much covered.

Reply   |   Comment by ken92111  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

Since this software has been offered before, the question to ask are,

1) HAS ANYONE ACTUALLY USED THIS TO REINSTALL WINDOWS AND PROGRAMS?
2) IF SO, WAS THE REINSTALL SUCCESSFUL?
3) IF SO, EXACTLY WHAT DID YOU HAVE TO DO TO CREATE the MULTISET CDs or DVDs?

THANK YOU!

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen Cohen  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

Useless to me for one reason. It will not create the install disk with previously installed applications. This needs to be the first one installed on a fresh system in order for it to pick up software installs. Sorry GOTD but for that reason alone, thumbs down.
I'll stick to imaging my systems. Oh, I know thats not the ame but I'll be darmed if I'll reformat today just to be able to create the disks needed for this program to be useful.

Reply   |   Comment by Carles K  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

Laurie(48)
You should be able to by partitiong your drive with software like--http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-partition-manager.htm.Then create a boot able disk,then split your drive,with Vista on one and XP on other.
I have done the same,and am running Windows 7 Beta ,16 Gb's,and my Xp on the other 21Gb's( 40 total).

Reply   |   Comment by morrig  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#60

@Clemmie

Try Paragaon Hard Disk Manager. It is free and it allows you to 'backup' your WHOLE hard drive and restore it at a later stage. However you will need a medium to take the backup from your current hard drive and place it on your 1TB one as far as I know.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashraf  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

Do you have to close Firefox to install MultiSet?

"It is recommended that you close all other programs before installing."

Why can't software makers be more specific? Do I have to close programs that are not open but are operating in standby mode like Skype?

Do you have to close Windows Explorer?

Can I run the install from within 7Zip or must 7zip be closed (so I have to save to file, then install)?

Reply   |   Comment by Jonathon  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

MultiSet does not save it's window size and screen position. Every time you fire up the app, it opens in the middle of your screen in a small window (tiny on my monitor) that will need to be resized and positioned each time the app is opened. Some might say that is trivial but... If MultiSet can't handle such a simple function within it's own app (especially for $100), how can you trust it to properly install Windows? What else have they overlooked?

Reply   |   Comment by ron  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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