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Portable apps on USB flash drive

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I'm using WinXP Pro, and want to load 'portable' programs on a flash drive. I installed the portable applications on my drive following instructions. Some of the applications yielded a free standing executable that worked as I expected. Others installed folders contining an executable file, drivers, etc. The drive assignments vary from computer to computer, so the folders can't always be accessed. This wouldn't be a problem if there was a way to permanently assign drive Z to the flash drive.

I thought 'portable' meant that an application could be moved to different (Windows) computers, and still work.. Apparently it means not in the registry. I don't like the suites, because they don't contain the diferent applications I want.

I'd appreciate any help anyone can give me.
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Portable apps do not write anything to the Windows Registry - if they do they cannot be called 'portable'.
It shouldn't make any difference what drive-letter is assigned to a USB drive that contains portable apps. They should continue to work regardless.
You don't need a permanent, constant drive-letter to run portable apps from a USB drive. You are probably doing something wrong.
I run portable apps every week from the same usb drive which I move between my tower & my laptop. Two different drive-letters, no problem.
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