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Installing programs onto a USB drive

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February 7, 2011 12:49:59 PM

How do you install programs into USB drives so that you can have programs on the go?

Will this work for all programs?

Also is it the same process for an external harddrive?
a c 289 G Storage
February 7, 2011 3:13:00 PM

Last things first; it would be the same for an external hard drive.

Most programs make entries in the windows registry, may rely on DLL files installed in /windows/system32 (or the 64-bit equivalent), and may even put .inf files in /windows. You can only do this with programs that are designed to be (or are accidentally) "portable," with all of their configuration and ancillary libraries installed in the one directory tree.

There are a gazillion sites (well, more than 10) dealing with this issue. For example, and only the first that came up with Google search, http://portableapps.com/ . In addition, some apps were put into portable packages as part of the BartPE project (Google it).

So. See if the program that you want has a portable version. For example, there's a portable version of FireFox so you can bring all your settings and bookmarks with you. Most Windows programs are _not_ portable, however.

Have fun.
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February 7, 2011 4:02:09 PM

Thank you very much for that info. O made another post on here earlier about USB with Bluetooth do you know anything about that technology as well?
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a c 289 G Storage
February 7, 2011 4:05:28 PM

Nope, that's why O didn't reply. I did see it.
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February 10, 2011 9:56:26 PM

I went to the site. Are those the only portable programs they have or are there more and i just cant find them?

if not, are there other sites that have more of the portable programs?
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a b G Storage
February 10, 2011 10:12:27 PM

try using google. its not hard. or give us more information on what you are looking for. in particular.
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February 12, 2011 8:35:18 PM

I'm not looking for anything in particular just trying to find useful programs I can keep with me
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