30+ Portable Softwares for your USB drive


30+ Portable window apps for your USB drive

Portable software runs on your USB key drive or your iPod, or a memory stick, or any type of external drive you plug into a USB port. You don’t have to install anything on the computer’s hard drive. It’s like carrying your office around with you. Or… carrying your home to the office. Portable Window apps are becoming more and more popular as USB flash drives get cheaper and cheaper. If you ever do any work at more than one computer, then the other computer may not have the software you require. At that time , these Portable applications will definitely help you.


I have grouped these portable applications under categories based on their uses. This collection includes more than 30 portable windows applications available for free download.


Multimedia


These are the portable Multimedia players available for free download.


Media Player Classic


Excellent general purpose video and audio player. Media Player Classic looks just like Windows Media Player 6.4, but has many additional features. It has a built in DVD player with real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support (requires QuickTime and/or Real Player); built-in MPEG2/SVCD/DVD codec. It handles all the major codecs and plays DVD’s, CD’s VCD’s and all major video and audio formats. It’s small and superfast with a clean interface.



Free Portable Audio CD Ripper


You’re at your buddy Skeeter’s house, and you see he has the latest Gregorian Chants CD. What to do? Rip it to your memory stick with CDex, the best CD audio extractor around.



CDBurner XP


CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.



Screamer


There is little reason to listen to commercial FM radio anymore, it is an old medium that provides little choice of music and is saturated with ads. For the last couple of years there has been an alternative, streaming internet radio. An alternative that has been somewhat complicated to use.



Faststone Capture


FastStone Capture is a powerful, flexible and intuitive screen-capture utility. It allows you to capture anything on the screen including windows, objects, full screen, rectangle regions, freehand-selected regions and scrolling windows/web pages. It has innovative features such as a floating Capture Panel, hotkeys, resizing, cropping, text annotation, printing, e-mailing, screen magnifier and many more.



VDownloader


VDownloader is the most feature-complete and easy-to-use video downloader on the web! We’re constantly working to improve the user experience by optimizing the performace as well as adding new features.



Irfanview


IrfanView is a fast and compact image viewer/converter. It supports virtually every image format you can think of, a fast and stable thumbnail viewer with many additional features.(multi-language support, slideshow, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, file search, change color depth, scanning, cut/crop, IPTC edit, capturing, lossless JPG operations, EXE/SCR creating) just to name a few.



VLC


VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player supporting most audio and video formats (H.264, Ogg, DivX, MKV, TS, MPEG-2, mp3, MPEG-4, aac, …) from files, physical media (DVDs, VCD, Audio-CD), TV capture cards and many network streaming protocols.



Document Handlers


Notepad++


Notepad++ Portable Edition is the Notepad++ source code editor and notepad replacement packaged with an OTBSoft Launcher as a portable app, so you can take it with you on a USB drive, iPod, etc and use it on any computer.



Portable OpenOffice


OpenOffice.org Portable is a complete office suite — including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package and database — packaged as a portable app, so you can take all your documents and everything you need to work with them wherever you go.



Abiword


AbiWord is unique among word processors in its drive to become a fully cross-platform word processor. Our source code is carefully written so that AbiWord will run on virtually any operating system with a minimum of time spent on porting. This combined with our support for internationalization (the ability to run AbiWord in many languages) gives AbiWord a massive potential user-base.



EssentialPIM


PIM stands for Personal Information Manager, and it allows you to keep all your information in electronic form. All your appointments, tasks, to do lists, notes, contacts and email messages are stored in a graphical and easily accessible form. Fully Netbook compatible



Foxit PDF Reader


As a small and fast PDF viewer, Foxit Reader currently has over 50 million users all around the world. After keeping users waiting for almost two months, Foxit Reader 3.1 has been released and introduces many fascinating new features including internet search and favorite toolbar settings.



File Management


Total Commander


Total Commander 7.50a is now available for download. This version corrects errors which were found only after the release of Total Commander 7.50 final, mainly in the print function in Lister (for Unicode files), when unpacking certain encrypted zip files, and slow moving of directories within the same drive. We recommend that you install the update as soon as possible.



Portable Launcher


PStart


PStart is 100% freeware, which means you can use it without having to pay, without any advertisements, and without other disadvantages (no spyware, no hidden costs).



Maintenance and Support


CCleaner


CCleaner is a freeware PC optimization tool.It combines a system cleaner that removes unused and temporary files from your system and also a fully featured registry cleaner!

CCleaner allows Windows to run faster, more efficiently and gives you more hard disk space.



Revo Uninstaller


Revo Uninstaller helps you to uninstall software and remove unwanted programs installed on your computer even if you have problems uninstalling and cannot uninstall them from “Windows Add or Remove Programs” control panel applet.



Nirsoft Apps


NirSoft is a Web site of one man. In NirSoft, there is no CTO or CEO, there is no secretary, there is no development team, and there are no rented offices. The entire Web site and all the utilities that you can find here were developed by me, and only by me. NirSoft is not a full-time job, but I use all my free time to maintain and develop this Web site.



Treesize Free


TreeSize Free tells you where precious space has gone to. TreeSize Free can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. You can expand this folder in Explorer-like style and you will see the size of every subfolder. Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize Free is working.



Teamviewer


TeamViewer establishes connections to any PC or server all around the world within just a few seconds. You can remote control your partner’s PC as if you were sitting right in front of it. Find out why more than 60 million users trust TeamViewer!



Peer-to-Peer


?Torrent


Yet another recurring frustration is not being able to find a torrent client on a PC when I need it. I run ?Torrent on all my PCs anyways, so it’s got a home on my flash drive as well.



Frostwire


FrostWire Portable is the Frostwire peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing application packaged as a Portable App, so you can take your filesharing with you. Frostwire is written in Java and includes gnutella, bittorrent, and similar capabilities. And, as with all PortableApps.com apps, it leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on.



Web and Internet


Operator


OperaTor is a portable software bundle which allows you to browse the web anonymously. It combines the power of the Opera Browser, Tor and Polipo.With OperaTor no data will be stored at the computer you plugged your portable memory into.



Portable Firefox


Mozilla Firefox Portable Edition is the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser, so you can take your bookmarks, extensions and saved passwords with you.



Pidgin


Pidgin Portable is the versatile Pidgin instant messaging client packaged as a portable app, so you can take your IM settings and buddy lists with you. It has all the same great features as Pidgin, including support for AOL, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ and Jabber networks, but there’s nothing to install on the local PC. You can also easily add portable encryption plugins for secure, encrypted messaging.



FileZilla Portable


FileZilla Portable is the popular FileZilla FTP client packaged as a portable app, so you can take your server list and settings with you. You can place it on your USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive or on a CD and use it on any computer, without leaving any personal information behind.



Portable Chat Software


Miranda IM Portable Chat Messenger


Miranda IM is a multi-protocol instant messaging client for Windows. Very light on system resources and extremely fast, Miranda IM requires no installation and can be made to fit on a single floppy disk or USB drive. Featuring a powerful plugin-based framework and boasting over 350 plugins, Miranda IM is one of the most flexible and customisable messaging clients on the planet.



Portable RSS Reader


GreatNews


GreatNews is optimized for full page reading, so you can scan through rss articles quickly. Combined with functions like “Open Next Unread Channel”, you don’t need to waste any time to find where all the unread articles are.



Encryption


Truecrypt Portable


A multi-gig, easy-to-lose, unencrypted drive with your data on it is a terrible security risk. Truecrypt helps me keep all my private stuff locked down.



Free Portable Antivirus Software


AntiVir Personal Edition Classic


Yes, it’s quite possible that a machine you attach your key drive to could infect your personal files. Do not trust a strange computer. Run an antivirus program. These days, it is not an option. It’s a necessity.



CyberShredder


CyberShredder is a quick, safe and handy utility that lets you erase confidential files from your computer permanently. Normal file deletion will remove a file’s directory entry and allocation table information. The actual disk clusters that contained the file’s data remains intact on your hard disk and can be recovered later. CyberShredder overwrites the space occupied from a file with random data and erases the file, so an unerase utility will never be able to recover it.



I hope that you liked my collection of portable USB applications. If you know any good portable window applications , then do let me know via comments. I am happy to see your response and feedback.


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