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PortableApps.com Launcher 2.2

Make many Windows applications portable without writing a line of code

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 11 July 2012
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Downloads To Date: 853
Developer: PortableApps.com
RSS News Feed: http://portableapps.com/feeds/general
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PortableApps.com Launcher 2.2
Make many Windows applications portable without writing a line of code

The PortableApps.com Launcher is an ingenious tool that can make many applications portable, so you can run them on a USB flash drive (for example), without altering their code.

Let's assume you only ever use a particular text editor, for instance. You'd like a portable version, so you can run it anywhere. But the program stores its settings in your Registry and various configuration files, so if you just copy your application to a USB drive then it'll simply stop working.

The PortableApps.com Launcher, however, can take account of these problems. It's able to insert the Registry entries you need, for instance; reconfigure settings in files; provide any required environment variables, and more.

This won't happen without serious work on your part, though. You'll need to inspect your target program, and browse the Registry to figure out any dependencies. The Launcher can't help at all if these are too severe. And then it'll be up to you to figure out how to tell the Launcher what it must do, something of a challenge right now as the documentation available is truly atrocious.

Still, if you're an experienced Windows user then it's still worth trying. The PortableApps.com Launcher can make many simple apps portable with just a few lines in an INI file, and there are a couple of examples in the manual to help you get started.

Verdict:

If you can figure out the dreadful documentation then the PortableApps.com Launcher will provide useful tools to help you make some of your favourite apps portable

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