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make any app on a PC?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Rex2010, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Rex2010

    Rex2010 Flightless Bird

    I am wondering how to make an app portable on PC?

    I know about PortableApps.com. I am actually asking how to make on by
    myself?
     
  2. Nick L. Odeon

    Nick L. Odeon Flightless Bird

    For $10,000 I will teach you.

    "Rex2010" <Rex2010.4e58il@no.email.invalid> wrote in message
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    : I am wondering how to make an app portable on PC?
    :
    : I know about PortableApps.com. I am actually asking how to make on by
    : myself?
    :
    :
     
  3. Randem

    Randem Flightless Bird

    Define what you mean??? You want your app to be able to be installed on
    every OS? You want your app to be installed on Apple computers? You want
    your app to be installed on other Win XP systems...

    To get a good answer you first need a good question...

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    "Rex2010" <Rex2010.4e58il@no.email.invalid> wrote in message
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    > I am wondering how to make an app portable on PC?
    >
    > I know about PortableApps.com. I am actually asking how to make on by
    > myself?
    >
    >
     
  4. pjp

    pjp Flightless Bird

    Basically it's just a matter of insuring EVERYTHING the software needs to
    run is available to it ...

    For some it's almost trivial. Just copy what's in the install folder and go.

    Most others ...

    Any dll's or other auxilary files are included in the distribution. Better
    yet, don't depend on any of these and write ALL the code yourself (so it's
    just a single exe file) as it's unlikely you can change someone else's.

    Stay away from ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that is an "extra" in the OS. You
    can't depend on any of these subsystems to be installed.

    That's for starters.

    Basically you better be somewhat familiar with programming if for no other
    reason than to know how programs actually work.


    "Rex2010" <Rex2010.4e58il@no.email.invalid> wrote in message
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    > I am wondering how to make an app portable on PC?
    >
    > I know about PortableApps.com. I am actually asking how to make on by
    > myself?
    >
    >
     
  5. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    What is YOUR definition of portable?
    "Rex2010" <Rex2010.4e58il@no.email.invalid> wrote in message
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    > I am wondering how to make an app portable on PC?
    >
    > I know about PortableApps.com. I am actually asking how to make on by
    > myself?
    >
    >
     
  6. Rex2010

    Rex2010 Flightless Bird

    Sorry, Guys. I did not make it clear.

    So what I want is to put all my daily used apps into a USB drive or
    iPod. Then I can run them off my USB drive or iPod from computer to
    computer.

    BTW it will mainly run on Windows PCs.

    I had considered to just use PortableApps.com. there are a lot portable
    apps available. But a lot of apps I need, MS office, Plants Vs Zombies
    for instance, are not portably available.

    So this is why I am looking for help here. :p
     
  7. Randem

    Randem Flightless Bird

    You cannot do that, Manufacturers want you to purchase one app for each PC.
    It would most likely violate licensing agreements...

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    "Rex2010" <Rex2010.4ejx2p@no.email.invalid> wrote in message
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    >
    > Sorry, Guys. I did not make it clear.
    >
    > So what I want is to put all my daily used apps into a USB drive or
    > iPod. Then I can run them off my USB drive or iPod from computer to
    > computer.
    >
    > BTW it will mainly run on Windows PCs.
    >
    > I had considered to just use PortableApps.com. there are a lot portable
    > apps available. But a lot of apps I need, MS office, Plants Vs Zombies
    > for instance, are not portably available.
    >
    > So this is why I am looking for help here. :p
    >
    >
     
  8. pjp

    pjp Flightless Bird

    You won't/can't get every app to be "portable". They simply aren't designed
    that way. The spiders web of needed auxiliary files (dll's etc. get
    installed with the app) means it must be "installed".

    Look for apps that do what you want that when installed ONLY place files on
    the system in their own install folder and not in "System32", "Common Files"
    etc. nor do they require some piece of crap to be automatically running when
    system starts.

    Ideally Windows itself should be able to be put on a thumb drive but MS has
    insured thru design choices that this can't happen. Surely they want people
    to have to buy a copy for every pc is my take on that and if you can instead
    just buy one copy and use it on any pc is against their selfish corporate
    greed mentality of milk every dime out of every customer they can.

    "Rex2010" <Rex2010.4ejx2p@no.email.invalid> wrote in message
    news:Rex2010.4ejx2p@no.email.invalid...
    >
    > Sorry, Guys. I did not make it clear.
    >
    > So what I want is to put all my daily used apps into a USB drive or
    > iPod. Then I can run them off my USB drive or iPod from computer to
    > computer.
    >
    > BTW it will mainly run on Windows PCs.
    >
    > I had considered to just use PortableApps.com. there are a lot portable
    > apps available. But a lot of apps I need, MS office, Plants Vs Zombies
    > for instance, are not portably available.
    >
    > So this is why I am looking for help here. :p
    >
    >
     
  9. C.Joseph Drayton

    C.Joseph Drayton Flightless Bird

    On 7/23/2010 2:22 AM, Rex2010 wrote:
    > Sorry, Guys. I did not make it clear.
    >
    > So what I want is to put all my daily used apps into a USB drive or
    > iPod. Then I can run them off my USB drive or iPod from computer to
    > computer.
    >
    > BTW it will mainly run on Windows PCs.
    >
    > I had considered to just use PortableApps.com. there are a lot portable
    > apps available. But a lot of apps I need, MS office, Plants Vs Zombies
    > for instance, are not portably available.
    >
    > So this is why I am looking for help here. :p
    >
    >


    If speed is not an issue, then you could use portable VirtualBox (I
    wouldn't recommend it on a thumbdrive but it does work very well on an
    external hard disk).

    I use portable Oracle VirtualBox 3.2 with a 16GB VHD and I have access
    to all of my programming tools that I couldn't make portable.

    Just a BTW, most people know that registry entries are a major cause for
    an app not being portable. What some people don't take into
    consideration is that those registry entries of point to 'common files'
    that are used by a a particular run-time package or created by some
    software producers.

    c;\Program Files\Common Files
    Folders: 742
    Files: 2,691
    Size: 354MB

    There are apps that have dependencies on the files found in that series
    of folders. So in addition to changing the registry entries you would
    need to move those dependencies onto the thumbdrive also. Since
    dependencies can be multi-level, the number of files you made need to
    move from the 'common files' folder could be quite large.

    Sincerely,
    C.Joseph Drayton, Ph.D. AS&T

    CSD Computer Services

    Web site: http://csdcs.site90.net/
    E-mail: c.joseph@csdcs.site90.net
     

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