PortableApps means portable apps for your PC, surprisingly

We've all dealt with IT Nazis at one point or another - those highly-strung individuals who demand every PC in the company is configured identically, regardless of its use, restricting you from downloading the apps and software you need to go about doing your job properly. They don't have the corporate responsibilities or love of TweetDeck you do, they'll never understand.

Here's a possible way around the issue; PortableApps is an open-source platform you can run from a USB flash drive. It has a fully integrated menu with a full suite of programmes ready to use, but you can add your own apps to it - instead of downloading programmes to your PC, you can run them straight from the flash drive. You can also save the likes of bookmarks, calendar settings and emails too.

You can download PortableApps for free without advertising, 30 day trials or signing up to spam for the rest of your days on Earth.



  • James
    SanDisk do a similar application on their Cruzer Titanium USB Sticks with a program called U3. Its really good! I might try this one though!
  • AndyM
    Natch, you're still buggered if your work pc is so locked-down that the USB ports are disabled.
  • spungbob
    As an IT geek I love portable apps, its almost like having my own PC wherever I go (linux-on-a-stick does just that if anyone is interested). As an IT nazi I disable USB access across the domain so nobody gets to use them - except administrators of course!! :)
  • Kris
    I can't recommend portableapps highly enough... I'm a particular fan of DeepBurner and ImgBurn (not open source and the latter needs a bit of effort to make into a portableapp) for burning CDs regardless of what type of burner the computer I'm sat on has. I've also experimented with ZenWalk linux, which has a handy install-to-USB tool and can prove useful when troubleshooting problematic machines.
  • Giles
    u3 apps are blocked here - as are .exe files. AND I DID IT! MWAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA! End-users don't deserve to get full access - they're bad enough when locked down. At the end of the day giving people permission to install programs means more work in clearing up their computer when they've reduced it to a crawl.
  • Nobby
    > As an IT nazi I disable USB access across the domain so nobody gets to use them Doesn't that mean no-one can have a laugh at the shagging dog USB stick? And therefore not be as happy at work? And therefore lower company productivity? PS. I learnt my business skills from The Office.
  • itbod
    Lifehacker recently ran a list of useful applications to run off of flash drives (one of the editors gives them away) http://lifehacker.com/5266661/turn-your-spare-thumb-drives-into-feature+packed-giveaway-drives

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