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run any app off a USB drive?

Post by wonkotheinsane » Mon, 30 Aug 2010 2:46 pm

Hey, guys, do you have the experience of running your daily used apps off a USB drive?

Which is I am now trying to do. But I find that only portable apps can be run like that.

while some apps like MS office are not portably available. How can I do that?
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Post by Strong Eagle » Mon, 30 Aug 2010 3:13 pm

Running Office from a USB drive would violate the license terms for MS Office which states that the product can be run on one computer.

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Post by nakatago » Mon, 30 Aug 2010 3:18 pm

some applications do not require to refer to files specific to your computer and which are also outside the app's directories. that said, it is rare for a windows application to do or supports a mode that does this. there are some but they are rare.

although iirc, tor and some browser somehow supports something like this. too lazy to look it up though.

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Post by x9200 » Mon, 30 Aug 2010 3:37 pm

An universal solution:
1. buy or download a retail version of your favorite OS (YFOS)
2. install a virtual machine client on the PCs you are going to use or use a liveCD/bootable USB OS containing such client
3. install YFOS and desired application on a virtual partition (partition image) on the thumb drive
4. enjoy your favorite apps everywhere or die waiting depending on the host machine and USB device performance

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Post by Saint » Mon, 30 Aug 2010 4:46 pm

Tic Toc Tic Toc

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Post by durain » Tue, 31 Aug 2010 5:25 pm

just in case it is not a tic toc tic toc, you will need virtualized applications to run off a USB FD something like mokafive, creedo or U3.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 31 Aug 2010 6:09 pm

It was a tic toc but I neutered him yesterday, but as the thread already some useful replies, I left the post.

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Post by aster » Sat, 04 Sep 2010 2:42 am

There is a version of Open Office that one can run off a pendrive.

Back in the day when I was still running a Windows-based PC I had most of my software on a thumb drive, including the above mentioned office freebie, ftp, browser, even a virus scanner.

If you still use Windows and want to run as much stuff off of a usb drive as possible then portableapps.com is a good place to find what you're looking for.

Personally I'd recommend switching to a Mac, after the initial month of pain comes a feeling of satisfaction and the "glad I did it" approach. There's no going back once you make the hop. :)

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