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Postby yaveznodo » Sun May 21, 2006 3:07 pm

I'm coming across more and more Portable apps, and I'm using them more than their installed counterparts.

Here's what I've come across so far (all working well on my test box running from both the desktop and USB thumbstick)

Portable Firefox
Portable Thunderbird
Portable OpenOffice
Portable Gimp
Portable VLC media player
Portable Clam-Win
Portable Filezilla
Portable Abiword
Portable NVU
Portable Gaim

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Portable Photoshop 8 (cs2)
Portable Flash 8
Portable Dreamweaver 8
Portabel Indesign (cs2)
Portable WinAvi 7.1
Portable Nero 6 lite
Portable WS_FTP
Portable Newsleecher
Portable MSN 7.5
Portable PDF reader pro
Portable ACDsee
Portable Itunes
*Portable Alcohol 120%
*Portable Norton Systemworks 2006 (wow!)
*Portable Partition Magic 8
*Portable UltraIso
*Portable DVDfab decrypter
*Portable O&Oformat recovery
*Portable DVDremake Pro
*Portable GetbadkData NTFS
*Portable Adaware-SE
*Portable CloneDVD2

Has anybody come across any others? What do you think of portable apps as replacements for their installable counterparts?
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Postby ezknight » Sun May 21, 2006 3:15 pm


µTorrent FAQ wrote:How can I use µTorrent on a USB key or other removable drive?

Simply copy settings.dat (located in %AppData%\uTorrent ) to the same folder as uTorrent.exe, and you're done.
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Postby yaveznodo » Sun May 21, 2006 3:17 pm

Added uTorrent. Good catch there, I use it myself from my thumb drive.

And Portable Alcohol 120%
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Postby abou105 » Sun May 21, 2006 4:12 pm

i got a program off of the pirate bay it was like 165 programs that run without install il see if i can fish out soem more info, but it was/is great like.

ok i found the text file and the image.

its a big read so here goes.

The aim is to run windows XP but not have anything actually "installed" into Windows...


165 "Standalone" Programs, package by "eXPerience"

Check out the image provided "All Programs.jpg"
to see every icon and program name included.

The majority of small programs here (probably 125 or so
used for this package) came from the "miniPE" operating
system created by "DigiWiz". The installation of this
package puts the programs straight onto your own start
menu under the item "STANDALONE".

All 166 programs copy to your hard drive and work instantly
from there, no install is needed, no registry changes are made,
no reboot is required and anytime you don't want the program
anymore you can just delete it and delete the shortcut to it
on the start menu, thats it, you have "uninstalled" the program.

If you can stick to this and never install anything into Windows,
it will always run nice and fast and you never really "lose" anything
because you can just copy all 166 programs over again by running the
INSTALL script.

You must have Windows installed to your C drive
for the shortuts to link to the programs!

Also, the package will place ONE FOLDER onto your SYSTEMDRIVE
(usually C) and this one folder is called "TOOLKIT".

Check your systemdrive first, just in case you have a TOOLKIT
folder there already because it will be filled with folders
if a TOOLKIT folder exists already!

To get the package "installed" (although nothing will install
because it is a standalone package) all you have to do is double
click the "INSTALL.CMD" file or if you have file extensions
turned off in Windows, it will only say "INSTALL". Its the icon
with the little cog inside a DOS window!

If you want to, you can burn the entire contents of this "ROOT"
folder to a CD. You MUST MAKE SURE the files and folders are ON
the CD root - dont just burn this ROOT folder directly onto the CD!

You must burn the "~" folder and the other two files that are included
here for the packge to work (auto-install when you put the CD in) only the
"~" folder and the two files "AUTORUN" and "INSTALL" are needed.

None of these programs actually install - they only run
as "standalone" apps and are only copied to your SYSTEMDRIVE
from the CD, if you choose to burn a CD.

After burning the CD, please only insert the CD into a
computer running Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows
Server 2003. Some programs might not work on Windows 2000
or 2003. If you allow the CD to autorun you will
see the programs install automatically in a DOS command
window, this process may take some time depending on the
speed of your CD drive. The package has to copy over 360Mb
in all.

A single folder called TOOLKIT will end up on your SYSTEMDRIVE.

Look on on your Start Menu (only YOUR start menu, not all users)
for the item "STANDALONE" and there you can run any of the 166 programs
listed below. I have not listed all the version numbers for so many
programs, but all these apps are current, to 19.01.2006. Many apps are
"classic" tools that have never been updated since 2002/03/04 but we all
still love to use!

After ths package installs just check the versions yourself :p

Ad-Aware and Spybot both have definitions updated to 19.01.2006

If you want to "uninstall" any of these apps, just delete the
folder where the application is (only delete THE program folder)
and delete the same folder on your start menu and thats it, you
have "uninstalled" it! Just make sure you're not currently running
the program you are trying to delete!

Instead of digging through that TOOLKIT folder to find things, its
easier to right click the shortcut and click "the Find Target" button.
Then to remove, just delete the contents of that folder (and the folder
itself) and delete the shortcut on the start menu (the shortcut you just
found the target of!) and delete that shortcut, this is how to uninstall
any of these programs, they are never "installed" in the first place
and all run from your HDD instantly.

When using apps like Azuerus and Firefox/Opera they can leave behind
program settings in "Local Settings" and "Application Data" - hidden
folders, just have a look there after you delete Firefox/Opera/Azuerus.
You can just keep that stuff, because torrents and html favourites for
Firefox are stored there, be careful, backup if you delete these!

With Opera and Firefox you might not be able to save bookmarks.

You can always look in the "~" folder then the PROGRAMS folder
on the CD to just run any programs, without even copying them!

The PROGRAMS folder is not laid out the same way as the programs
end up on your start menu and it is advised that you run the
INSTALL.CMD script, then after the files have copied, you can
simply browse through all the programs on your start menu under

If you want to make a CD but do not want it to autorun the CD,
then DELETE the file called "AUTORUN.INF" and this will remove
the auto installation when you put the CD in.

You only need the 'INSTALL' file and '~' folder on a CD.

This package is designed so even a complete idiot can use it :D

After installation of this package, all Program shortcuts end
up on your start menu under "Programs\STANDALONE"

Remember, you must have Windows installed to your C drive
for the shortuts to link to the programs! Also, the package
will place ONE FOLDER ONLY onto your SYSTEMDRIVE (usually C)
this one folder is called "TOOLKIT"

The aim is NOT to run these programs direct from the CD, although
you can try, some programs will not run in a read only environment.



Ad-Aware SE Pro
CWS Shredder
Hijack Free
Spybot - Search & Destroy


Antivir Scan
Avast! Scan
McAfee Stinger
McAfee Virus Scan
NOD32 Scan
Symantec - Scan Any Drive C to Z
Trend Micro Sys Clean

[Burning Software]

Deep Burner
Easy DVD Burner
Express Burn
Small CD Writer



[Image Viewers]

11 View

[Internet Tools]

[Chat Clients]

MSN Messenger
Trillian Basic

[File Transfer]


[Internet Tools]

Angry IP Scanner
Dial-Up Password Finder
eMail Password Viewer
Live TCP Viewer [1]
Live TCP Viewer [2]
NetStat Live
PuTTY (Telnet & SSH)
RAS Config
Remote Registry Editor
Super Scan
Trace Browser Log Files
Trace Route
VNC Viewer

[Media Players]

Media Player Classic
VideoLAN Media Player

[Media Tools]

Audio Grabber
CD-DVD Speed
DVD Decrypter
DVD Shrink
MP3 Splitter & Joiner


PDF Reader
Word Processor

[P2P Clients]

eMule Plus


[Application Tools]

Dependency Walker
DLL Export Viewer
Hash Calculator
Hex Workshop
On Screen Keyboard
Password Renew
Resource Hacker
SAM Inside Password Finder
Shell Extension Viewer
Startup Control Panel
Tiny Hexer
Ultra Compare
UltraEdit32 Pro Hex Editor
Unstoppable Copier
Win Hex
XVI32 Hex Editor

[Windows Tools]

Change XP Pro Corp 'Product Key'
Norton Windoctor
Notepad 2
System Information for Windows
Windows 'Product Key' Generator
Windows 'Product Key' Viewer
Windows Services [1]
Windows Services [2]

[Avast! Tools]

Avast! Cleaner
Data Shredder
Event Browser
Junk File Remover
Reg Cleaner
Reg Edit
Scan Disk

[Erase and Wipe Tools]

Absolute Shield File Shredder
EnCase Aquisition Edition
Eraser (On Demand)
X-Ways Security

[File & Directory Explorers]

Agent Ransack File Search
Directory Snoop NTFS
Disk Recon Explorer
Drive Look
Duplicate File Finder
Effective File Search
ERD Commander 2003 Explorer
Explorer XP
FAT32 Disk Explorer
Folder Sizes
Linux Ext2 & Ext3 Disk Explorer
NTFS Disk Explorer
OnTrack Power Desk Pro
PE Resource Explorer
Space Monger
Total Commander
Tree Size Pro
Visual File Information
WinIE Image Explorer
XnView Explorer
Xplorer 2

[Hard Disk Recovery & Backup]

A43 File Management
Acronis True Image
Active Un-Delete
CIA Un-Erase
Disk State
Drive Snapshot
Emsa Disk Checker
File Recovery
Free Un-Delete
Get Data Back FAT32
Get Data Back NTFS
Handy Recovery
Linux Ext2FS Recovery
Norton Disk Doctor
OnTrack Easy Recovery
Partition Table Doctor
Partition Table Editor
Raid Array Reconstructor
Recover My Files
Symantec Ghost
WD Data LifeGuard Diagnostics
Win Image

[Hardware Tools]

BurnIn Test
CPU Benchmark
CPU Live Clock Speed
Dead Pixel Buddy for TFT Monitors
Disk Investigator
Flobo Floppy Disk Repair
Hard Disk Data Transfer Rate
Hard Disk Speed [1]
Hard Disk Speed [2]
Hard Disk Temperature
Hard Disk Tune
MemTest RAM Tester
NT Defragmenter
Paragon Hard Disk Manager Pro
RightMark RAM Analyser
Sector Spy XP

[Process Info]

Itty Bitty Process Manager
Live Registry Monitor
Process Explorer

[System Info]

CPU-Z (Processor Info)
Everest Corporate
Everest Ultimate
Nero Info Tool
Partition Info
Unknown Devices

[Web Browsers]



eXPerience 2006

cudnt upload the picture, it was resized and unable to see, but all the info is there [/b]
Information is so valuable in todays society, its understandable people want to lock it up, but the internet is about freedom of information, lets not take that away.
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Postby yaveznodo » Sun May 21, 2006 4:15 pm

Makes me wonder why all apps don't come this way, so there's no messing about with the system itself. You could keep OS and Software seperate.
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Postby in_hiding » Tue May 23, 2006 12:52 pm

Another portable app: Portable Opera. Great when I have to use some internet café where the admin's been competent enough to prevent the public installing programs themselves but incompetent enough to have IE as the only browser.

There's even some *nix distro for the paranoid that has the OS, TOR anonymization, apps etc all on USB so noone can tell what you did with that computer, where you browsed etc. Can't remember what it's called.
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Postby in_hiding » Tue May 23, 2006 1:32 pm

Just ran across this blog post:

My Portable Thumb Drive Tool Box 2006
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Postby h4x0r3d » Fri May 25, 2007 4:43 am

in_hiding wrote:There's even some *nix distro for the paranoid that has the OS, TOR anonymization, apps etc all on USB so noone can tell what you did with that computer, where you browsed etc. Can't remember what it's called.

I just saw this as i was flyin' by; and thought i'd fill in the gaps... so, here it goes: i believe you are talking about "AnonymOS".. also there is "Knoppix-STD(Knoppix - security tools distrobution)"... Both are Live-Linux Distrobutions and are very handy to have with your laptop ^^
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Postby IceCube » Fri May 25, 2007 4:50 am

Happy one year anniversary thread... :shock:
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Postby piXelatedEmpire » Fri May 25, 2007 10:31 am

why is this even in the news section?! :shock:
Ross Wheeler, CEO of, referring to the Australian Governments internet filtering plan wrote:"It's the most ill-conceived pile of stupidity by the biggest bunch of cretins that I've ever seen in my life"
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Postby MrFredPFL » Fri May 25, 2007 12:29 pm

when the tech boards were created, there were only the news boards, and not the matching discussion boards. those were created later to avoid this issue. i'll guess that this was originally posted in the lounge.

ps: moved ;)
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Postby venussuz » Fri May 25, 2007 1:19 pm

Back to the portable apps, I missed their emergence a year ago, but kinda like "Alice's Restaurant", everything comes back around if you wait long enough. So a couple months ago I started picking them up for a new laptop, and I now have the bare minimum "installed" on this puppy. Agreed, portable apps are great - I particularly like being able to create my own with Thinstall. Sweet to only have 3 or 4 apps installed and a couple of games, thus freeing up the registry and letting me run 6 or 7 apps at once on a dual core. :D

FWIW, wikipedia has a good list of (free) portable apps.
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