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Chrome cache view (Nirsoft) + Portable Chrome (PortableApps) not works

ChromeCacheView by Nirsoft is a good tool to view cache of a chrome browser. It works OK on Original Chrome by Google. But it does not work on Chrome portable by portableapps.com. It seems ...
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How to find out which of the installed programs require admin privileges

Is there a (programmatic, i.e. script- or tool-based) way to find out which of all applications installed on the PC (or existing on the PC as a portable installation), require admin privileges?
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How to create a portable/bootable Windows 10/11 from Linux? (not installer)

For a firmware update that is only provided as Windows executable by the vendor (Asus motherboard USB-C PD firmware here), I need to have a temporary Windows installation. All the tutorials on how to ...
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How to start in SpyHunter 5 scan offline?

currently I collect good tools to remove malware in sad case of getting infected despite live-protection from AV. Now I'm interested in SpyHunter 5. Despite being aware of program suspicious past I ...
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How can I open this GoPro folder using the command line? (Windows 10)

When I plug in my GoPro camera via USB, I have to click through four folders before I get to the folder where the video files are: This PC\HERO8 BLACK\GoPro MTP Client Disk Volume\DCIM\100GOPRO ...
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How to get a completly self contained Non-Chromium browser on Linux?

With the Firefox solutions I've tried, I can't just copy paste a folder and all the settings, addons etc will be defined inside, not on some profile folder in the system. I've used a way to make ...
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My updater script for portable apps works. But not for VSCode

Edit: Fixed version below. I have a script that lets me update any app that is distributed in portable format, and it works. With the exception of VSCode. With VSCode, after running the script, I'm ...
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Need help with java portable

I want to code java on my work computer. I tried installing eclipsce portable and JDK portable from sourceforge.net. I tried running eclipsce and it simply did not detect the java. my question is, is ...
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How to disable automatic updates on Firefox Portable (from PortableApps.com)?

In the Firefox settings I have disabled automatic updates, but it still downloads them, and my settings get changed back to "automatically install updates". The issue is not specific to this ...
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Can I boot Windows 10 from a recovery USB?

I am preparing to wipe out Windows 10 from an Asus laptop and install Linux Mint. I don't expect to need to start up Windows again on this computer, but I would like to have the option, e.g. for any ...
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Is it possible to create a file that acts as a hyperlink to a website?

I recently decided that my CV should be an HTML file, because it's very consistent (unlike .docx or .odf files which require reorganizing everything sometimes, when some object displaces some other). ...
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Is it possible to install Windows 2000 onto a bootable USB-Drive?

I have got a gigantic collection of old games for Windows 2000 from a friend. I really wanted to try those so I instantly tried to install the ones I'm interested in. I tried to install them to my new ...
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How do I create a portable Mac OS flash drive?

How do I create a portable Mac OS flash drive? I installed Linux on my MacBook Air, but I would like to be able to boot into Mac OS to play Minecraft, since it's much faster for some reason. I have a ...
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I want to charge a tablet that requires 5V / 3A power input in the field with a powerbank. The tablet uses a 3.5mm / 1.3mm DC barrel plug

I have a 45w PD portable charger that has 1 USB Type C output at 45W, DC 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A and 2 USB Type A outputs with DC 5V/3.4A Total, DC 5V/2.4A max each. The tablet charges ...
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Create Shortcut to Open File with Portable App

I recently figured out that I could import a Windows shortcut link to Calibre as a "book" and have it open whatever I want in its own default program. I was thrilled to figure that out, but as I am ...
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Why do NVMe enclosures constantly heat up even when no I/O process is happening?

I was trying out different external Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C enclosures for a 2TB Samsung EvoPlus NVMe SSD. My goal is to achieve high write/read speed but in a portable package, for the workflows ...
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Preparing to travel, how to boot same windows 10 installation on multiple computers, using just one hard drive to go? Is it reliable? [duplicate]

I need to boot the same windows installation from my pc and laptop as well, where I will find all of my installed applications and settings and whatnot. I have done this in the past and it has worked ...
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How to create a bootable USB drive with portable VM support?

I want to use my USB SSD drive to use as a portable linux system. It should be able to boot directly as well as from a running Windows (POSIX would be a nice addition) system (probably via some ...
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Windows 10 no longer allows portable apps to be set as default?

In earlier versions of Windows 10, I was able to set _any_app_ as the default app. e.g. For Firefox Portable or MediaMonkey Portable, I could do something like: go to Control Panel > Default apps and ...
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Kali linux portable usb installation

So I downloaded Kali Light 64bit and decided to unpack it with rufus on my USB "W". Then I booted up usb W without any problems and did a full install on a USB "Kali". So after finishing the ...
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Portable Windows 10 Boot Issue

A month ago I installed Windows 10 Build 1803 on a partition on my HDD. [WD Elements 1TB] For almost a month, using Windows 10 by booting from my HDD I had no problems. Everything had been properly ...
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Creating a portable Docker

so I just got the task to create a portable Docker on an external HDD. So not just saving the images on them, make it so that you can start and use it from the HDD. And it has to be on Linux, so no ...
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Start multiple Firefox (Portable) instances doesn't work using -no-remote switch

Having a running Firefox installed, I want to start Firefox Portable downloaded from heise. On Windows I'm running FirefoxPortable.exe -no-remote which was posted here, but always get the error: ...
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Way to run .NET application on Win7 without installing anything?

We have a few special computers that are for security reasons offline and use W7 with some tweaks. I cannot install anything on these machines, all I can do is run a portable program. I would need to ...
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How can I make a portable thumb drive with apps that would work with Linux and Windows?

So, my situation is as follows, during my weekly routine I have to transition between several computers, work, college plus home-laptop, work-laptop and sometimes sister's laptop. In college in ...
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Windows Preinstallation Environment (winpe) Web Browser

I'm trying to add any internet browser to WinPE but have failed to find a way as of yet. I've tried tons of portable apps like chrome portable, firefox portable, QtWeb portable, and more with the ...
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Tweaking sfx exe file not to be opened by WinRAR or any other extraction utility

Is it possible to change a .sfx.exe file to disguise its real identity and behave like a real PE? Is there any other packager tool to make a standalone or autonomous exe that consists of, for example,...
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What makes a "portable app" categtorized as such? [duplicate]

In Windows there is a category of apps called "Portable Apps". What makes these apps categorized as a "Portable App"? Is it the fact that you don't need to install them to run them?
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How to make a portable version of Opera the default browser?

I'd like to set Opera portable as the default browser. How can I do that? Thank you.
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Is it possible to manually add addtional codecs to VLC Media Player for a portable install?

I have two DLL files and one OCX file for a proprietary codec format to play some specific videos encoded with it. While I have an "installer" for it that works fine to register the codec for the ...
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Windows 7 installation on 16 GB USB [closed]

I have a 16 GB USB and i want to install Windows 7(32 bit) on it. Is 16 GB space enough to run and install windows 7(32 bit) flawlessly ? On some websites people are saying all version of windows can ...
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Where to put portable programs in Windows

In Windows, what is a good location for portable binaries? Some programs don't have an installer, but must simply be put somewhere. I've always wondered what would be a good location for such files ...
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Can I make a version of windows that resets everytime I boot it?

I want to install Windows on a hard drive (I don't know if a USB would work) so it works like this: boot Windows, use it, turn off the computer. when I turn it back on, all I did before is erased, ...
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How to open this iBrightness portable app, or any portable app and replace it's resources?

I wanna ask how to crack open portable apps and replace their resource using tools like Resource Hacker. I've tried most of the most popular Resource replaces/modifier/hacker on Windows, I've get to ...
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Lastpass confusion - which to use?

I was reading lastpass documentation on portable access - lastpass pocket "Pocket essentially provides backup capability and offline access for your Vault, although we recommend LastPass Portable ...
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Portable microsoft office 2007 quick access toolbar

I am using microsoft office 2007 on several PCs and I transfer Quick access toolbar settings from one PC to another by copying .qat files from C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office Now I'...
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running linux on pc. How to use chromium portable?

is there a linux version of chromium portable ? the .exe I downloaded from the site is not working with wine. much appreciated if ya can answer this one.
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Portable Windows 10 with normal installation

I've an original Windows 10 Pro installed on SSD. I've 2 hd caddy that allows me to move my SSD between my Home Computer and my Laptop. It works fine except for 1 thing: the license. When i move my ...
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Using an ssd across computers

So I'm not sure what to call what I want to do or how stupid it might seem but I am wondering if it is possible to use one SSD across two different computers. For example, I have an external SSD that ...
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How to add "Open with Notepad++" (Portable) to Windows Context Menu?

I think that the title says it all. I use the portable version of Notepad++ and would like to have a menu on the Windows 10 right click context menu which allows me to edit files with it.
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Making Skype for Business Portable

Our company is going to be switching most of our section to thin clients without skype for business (despite skype for business being so needed for our job, they want us accessing it via a terminal ...
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Portable VirtualBox shared drive without a fixed drive letter

I have installed VirtualBox portable onto a USB stick and created a virtual machine. I want to share files between guest and host via a shared folder, but VirtualBox will not accept a folder of the ...
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How to batch install setup-file (*.exe) on PC?

Instead of repeatedly double-clicking tens of setup files (*.exe), can batch-installing at once be possible? Or at least one double-click is enough to sequentially activate them? The closest Google ...
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"something prevented the text engine from being initialized." in Photoshop CS5 portable

I'm using a portable installation of Photoshop CS5 Extended. Two days ago I did some animated gifs with text on them. I have not been using Photoshop much recently, but I had also done some work on ...
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Windows 10: Cortana Search is not finding portable applications

This question deals with finding applications in general but not portable ones: Cortana Search is not finding applications on Windows 10 I have a portable application located but not installed at C:\...
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DbVisualizer Error "No JVM could be found .." and "please define EXE4J_JAVA_HOME"

On this download page i downloaded dbvisualizer.zip and unpacked it to a folder. Starting the dbvis.exe i get this error: No JVM could be found in your system. Please define EXE4J_JAVA_HOME to ...
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When can you copy/paste whole apps or games? [closed]

Is it possible to know when certain apps / games in Windows can be copy/pasted/moved without issues and when you cannot? Why can I install a game like Diablo 3 from a CD and move its directory but ...
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Portable applications Benchmark/speed

I am setting up a new PC and I was thinking of getting as many programs/applications as portables (so I can keep the PC "cleaner"). My main concern is, does portable make the application run "slower" ...
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Cannot install Hostapd in Porteus (Slackware)

I’m trying to install hostapd (to share laptop’s Wi-Fi) into Porteus (I guess it’s a slackware based distro). I’ve tried usm -s hostapd, it said: driver_nl80211.c:21:31: warning: netlink/genl/genl....
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Ho do I build and use a portable Windows OS environment for developers?

I am a developer and use several applications, tools and programs on my Windows 8.1 machine. I work frequently from home in addition to the office. Currently, I use one souped-up laptop that has all ...
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