Portable Apps. Is it worth it?


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Hi. I downloaded loads of apps in my PC that it is slowing down my drive. So, I think about Portable apps. I have an spare USB 16GB drive (2.0) that I will use. I now downloaded FF Portable, and other apps so my hard drive will good. Now, it is worth it?
 

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    custom PC
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    Core i5 8400
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    Gigabyte B360M-HD3
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    8gb DDR4-2400
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    iGPU
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    Realtek
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    some generic 1080p 75hz monitor * 2
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    1080p * 2
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    GIGABYTE NVMe SSD 256GB (GP-GSM2NE3256GNTD)
    Internet Speed
    200MBit/s
    Antivirus
    WD
My experience with "portable" apps is that they don't have to be actually installed to run. But they still take up space somewhere.

I've not tried running them from USB sticks, so that may be the way to do it to prevent using disk space.
 

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    Ryzen 5600X
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    ASRock Steel Legend
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Hi there
Just having apps on a drive shouldn't affect its speed at all (unless drive - non SSD type) is critically full. If you've got poor disk performance then there's usually other problems such as very slow poor quality spinners with tiny cache and slow RPM, IDE type devices, over committed or incorrectly placed paging files, slow I/O bus on mobo etc etc.

In fact I could probably say that assuming sufficient RAM and not trying to run too many apps concurrently the biggest contributor I've seen to bad computer performance over the last 20 years or so has been dreadful I/O systems. - Even a mighty CRAY would run really slowly if it relied on Floppy Disks for its Disk I/O system !!!!.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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    Windows XP,7,10,11 Linux Arch Linux
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    Microsoft Windows 11 Home
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To disable Defender scanning all external drives, you can run this command in PowerShell as Admin:
Set-MpPreference -DisableRemovableDriveScanning 1
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Format to exFat
 

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    Microsoft Windows 11 Home
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    PC/Desktop
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    MSI MS-7D98
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    Intel Core i5-13490F
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    MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI
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    2 x 16 Patriot Memory (PDP Systems) PSD516G560081
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    Bluetooth Аудио
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    INNOCN 15K1F
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    1920 x 1080
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    WD_BLACK SN770 250GB
    KINGSTON SNV2S1000G (ELFK0S.6)
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    Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W
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    CG560 - DeepCool
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    ID-COOLING SE-224-XTS / 2 x 140Mm Fan - rear and top; 3 x 120Mm - front
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB TKL
    Mouse
    Corsair KATAR PRO XT
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps
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    Firefox
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    Microsoft Defender Antivirus
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    https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/66553205
I have an spare USB 16GB drive (2.0) that I will use. I now downloaded FF Portable, and other apps so my hard drive will good. Now, it is worth it?

Quite a few of my apps are the portable version from PortableApps.com. In some cases that's because the version from the author's site contained bundled 'junkware' in the installer (Portable Apps make a point of removing all such 'extras'). In other cases because I wanted to try it out without doing a full install, and ended up keeping it. I run all mine from a Portable Apps folder on my hard drive, so there's no real saving in drive space.

All apps inside a Portable Apps wrapper load a a portable registry environment from their folder and save any changes to this. When closed there is nothing left behind in your own registry. As a consequence they can be a little slower to load initially, but then run as fast as if fully installed. Mine include Audacity, LibreOffice, TreeSizeFree and IrfanView. Running from a USB will inevitably make the initial loading a bit slower.

I did try Firefox Portable on one machine where I had reasons for not wanting to do a full install. I was impressed by the fact that while using it FF issued an update, which the portable version applied just as if it was the full install.
 

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    Windows 11 Home
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    Laptop
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    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
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    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
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    Radeon Graphics
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    laptop screen
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    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
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    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
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    50 Mbps
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    Edge, Firefox
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    Defender
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta, Dev and Canary, all as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, and the Insider Canary build as a native boot .vhdx.
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
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    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
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    0T6M8G
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    8GB
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    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
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    1366x768
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    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
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    Firefox, Edge
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    Defender
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 4GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Win11 Pro Insider Beta, Dev and Canary, all as native boot vhdx.


    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 128GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro.
Quite a few of my apps are the portable version from PortableApps.com. In some cases that's because the version from the author's site contained bundled 'junkware' in the installer (Portable Apps make a point of removing all such 'extras'). In other cases because I wanted to try it out without doing a full install, and ended up keeping it. I run all mine from a Portable Apps folder on my hard drive, so there's no real saving in drive space.

All apps inside a Portable Apps wrapper load a a portable registry environment from their folder and save any changes to this. When closed there is nothing left behind in your own registry. As a consequence they can be a little slower to load initially, but then run as fast as if fully installed. Mine include Audacity, LibreOffice, TreeSizeFree and IrfanView. Running from a USB will inevitably make the initial loading a bit slower.

I did try Firefox Portable on one machine where I had reasons for not wanting to do a full install. I was impressed by the fact that while using it FF issued an update, which the portable version applied just as if it was the full install.

Yeah. I used it. Devs on Firefox doesn't have an portable version of FF. So, PortableApps.com is my only choice. Some apps is portable, and some is available portable.

I can use WinPE, but if I do it, it will make the ISO size like an multi-architecture and multi-edition Windows 10 install ISO.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    EndeavourOS, Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom PC
    CPU
    Core i5 8400
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B360M-HD3
    Memory
    8gb DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    iGPU
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    some generic 1080p 75hz monitor * 2
    Screen Resolution
    1080p * 2
    Hard Drives
    GIGABYTE NVMe SSD 256GB (GP-GSM2NE3256GNTD)
    Internet Speed
    200MBit/s
    Antivirus
    WD
If you install portable apps, you can back them up separately from a Windows system image. This is a definite advantage as separating your system image from your User data backup can be an advantage for many applications, like Firefox. Then again some people just like one big system image.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro x64
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Photoshop/Game/tinker build
    CPU
    10900K, 5.2 GHz all cores
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Maximus Hero XIII Wifi
    Memory
    64GB (2x32) G.skill TridentZ RGB 4266 MHz (Hynix) @ 18-24-24-42
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    Asus ROG Strix 4070 Ti OC
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio, Vanatoo Transparent One; Klipsch R-12SWi Sub; Creative Pebble Pro Minimilist
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eizo CG2730, ViewSonic VP2768
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440p x 2
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB nvme, SK-Hynix 2 TB P41 nvme, Raid 0: 1TB 850 EVO + 1TB 860 EVO SSD. Sabrent USB-C DS-SC5B 5-bay docking station: 6TB WDC Black, 6TB Ironwolf Pro; 2x 2TB WDC Black
    PSU
    850W Seasonic Vertex PX-850
    Case
    Fractal Design Meshify 2 dark tint glass
    Cooling
    EKWB 360 Nucleus Dark AIO w/Phanteks T30-120 fans, 1 Noctua NF-A14 Chromax case fan
    Keyboard
    Glorious GMMK TKL mechanical, lubed modded
    Mouse
    Logitech G305 wireless gaming
    Internet Speed
    380 Mb/s down, 12 Mb/s up
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender, Macrium Reflect 8 ;-)
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    Mac OS
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    Laptop
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    Apple 13" Macbook Pro 2020 (m1)
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    Apple M1
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    2560x1600
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    Firefox

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