Portable Applications for MS Windows

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This presentation was given to the Broward Personal Computer Association (BPCA) in January of 2013, and included a practical demonstration.

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Portable Applications for MS Windows

  1. 1. Portable AppsBroward Personal Computer Association, Inc. Steve Costello, Director January 29, 2013
  2. 2. Overview What is a portable app? Why use a portable app? Where to get portable apps. Using the PortableApps.com Platform
  3. 3. What is a Portable App?“A portable application (portable app), sometimes alsocalled standalone, is a computer program designed torun independently from an operating system. This typeof application can be stored on a removable storagedevice such as a CD, USB flash drive, flash card, orfloppy disk – storing its program files, configurationinformation and data on the storage medium alone.Portable versions of applications can usually also beused instead of the normal installable version, whichsome users find beneficial.”Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_application
  4. 4. Why Use A Portable App? Does not add anything to the registry Can be run without administrative privileges Can be run from CD, USB, or other external drives Generally leaves no trace behind on the host PC
  5. 5. Where To Get Portable Apps. My favorite: http://portableapps.com http://www.portablefreeware.com/ The software website (such as http://calibre-ebook.com/download_portable)
  6. 6. Using The Portableapps.Com PlatformA practical demonstration, using a blank thumbdrive.  What I consider to be essentials from portableapps.com to be loaded  Also, some useful ones that are not essential
  7. 7. License Information “BPCA Portable Apps 29jan13” by Steve Costello is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License
  8. 8. Presenter InformationPersonal Website: http://sefcug.com/Computers, Technology, and User Groups Bloghttp://ctublog.sefcug.com/My Creative Writing and Book Reviews Bloghttp://sefccw.wordpress.com/

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