Run any app off a USB drive?

August 16, 2010 at 23:36:17
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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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August 17, 2010 at 05:56:47
In the case of most MS applications you can't. At least not legally.
Portable applications were specifically designed for loading from portable drives. This is necessary because many normal applications will not work this way.

Microsoft applications do not work on portable devices because Microsoft wants it that way. This would allow a single copy of the app to run on multiple systems which would be a clear violation of the EULA.

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August 17, 2010 at 06:25:14
Not so much that Microsoft don't want to do it that way, more the way Windows applications are designed.

Most non-trivial Windows applications require entries in the registry. To get those entries into the registry requires the application to be installed on the machine it is intended to run on.

It is for the same reason that it is difficult to run applications across a network.


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August 17, 2010 at 23:21:10
Just stumbled upon Prayaya. I installed prayaya on my USB drive and then installed MS Office 2003 suite on prayaya. It seems working very well on other computers.

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