How to install a program on a flash drive

By ahnc ·
A couple of months ago, there was a great article about installing and running software via a flash drive. Basically the article detailed how to install a program onto the flash drive so that you didn't have to install it on a specific computer and you could carry it / use it on any computer.

Now I can't find the article. Does anyone know anything about this article or anywhere I can find more information about it?

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It would help

by Jacky Howe In reply to How to install a program ...

if you could be a bit more specific. What does this software do? There is a lot a software that will run from a flash drive.
EG: Spybot, Sophos and some Operating Systems.

Any clues? :)

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While it is not the article

by The Scummy One In reply to It would help
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True Blue

by The Scummy One In reply to It would help

Just to mention, it is not just any specific app, the article was for installing multiple apps (such as browsers, cleaning utils, Office apps, puppylinux, etc.), onto a flash drive to to be able to have a 'mobile office' without taking bulky HW with you.

One article is

discussion for it is here

But I aint finding the one that I thought of after reading the question.

and another good one (recommended by GG

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I thought

by Jacky Howe In reply to True Blue

he was after a particular App. Iv'e got a bucket load on my sticks. Don't go anywhere without them. Sure beats carrying a case full of floppies.

Speaking of not finding articles I have no luck whatsoever when I do a search on TR. I'm obviously not holding my mouth right. :)

Edit: I do remember seeing the article. Just cant find it. :)

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Thank you

by ahnc In reply to True Blue

That's exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.

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As a general rule of thumb (for me anyway) ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to How to install a program ...

I have a habit of carrying a host of installers on flash drive. It makes it easier than getting a service machine online for something I've already downloaded.

Also, apart from the 'portable apps' as mentioned by Scummy, any program that is not Registry-dependant will launch straight from a flash drive. Easiest way is to simply copy from the HDD install directory.

I also carry every post-SP2 update on my flash drive - helpful when a user had the bright idea to delete "all those useless hotfix uninstallers" and then came unstuck!

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Live CDs and DVDs

by achristensenjohnson In reply to As a general rule of thum ...

I haven't yet figured out how to do it, but we use a "boot cd" at work that was designed with visual basic, yet also runs ISOlinux at DOS-it has a list of tools, such as the Norton Removal Tool, and you just click the button for the tool and it runs in memory (like KNOPPIX) rather than installing. I have it on a few flash drives, too. My boss has admitted to me that he is not the author of the "boot cd" and we don't know how to recreate it. It's just a multi-tool we use, very handy in 98/2000/ME/XP/but it doesn't work for Vista. If anyone knows how to design this, I'd love to know!

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