How To Run Windows Applications Directly From USB Flash Drive

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You must have always wondered how would it have been to run, all your frequently used applications directly from your flash drive or your Pendrive. Yes, it is a great pleasure to run all the needed application from your own flash drive as you do not need to carry even your own laptop in that case. All you need is just to access any PC somewhere, and insert the flash drive in the USB, and it’s all your computer. You don’t feel any difference. Now, days you can find almost all sort of portable application ranging from your favourite web browser to Office to antivirus. Today we are going to present to you two different websites which provide such applications for free.

Also, don’t forget to check our huge compilation of 300 useful softwares for windows.

Let’s see How To Run Windows Applications Directly From USB Flash Drive:

The first website is

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This website boasts of many frequently used application in various categories and it is all free for download. Once you download the application you will be getting onscreen help on how to install the application from your flash drive and run it. This site also provides support for all their portable applications. They have a very happening forum in which you can get answers for your questions. We will provide the detailed list of application this site hosts below:

Also read: How to Protect your PC from Autorun USB Virus.

You will get the following applications under the following categories:


  • Firefox Accessibility Extension – Make Firefox more accessible
  • On-Screen Keyboard Portable – Easily access an on-screen keyboard
  • Virtual Magnifying Glass Portable – A full-featured screen magnifier


  • gVim Portable – advanced, feature-rich text editor
  • Notepad++ Portable – A full-featured text editor with syntax highlighting
  • NSIS Portable – Windows installer and launcher creation
  • Nvu Portable & KompoZer Portable – The easy-to-use Nvu web editor
  • Installer – the easy way to package portable apps
  • Launcher – make apps portable without writing code
  • XAMPP – Apache, MySQL, PHP, phpMyAdmin, etc in one package


  • BPBible Portable – bible study tool
  • Celestia Portable – portable space simulator
  • Stellarium Portable – portable planetarium

Portable Games Software:

  • AssaultCube Portable – fast-paced, online, first-person shooter
  • Atomic Tanks Portable – overly-powerful tanks blow each other up
  • Canabalt Portable (Freeware) – outrun the demolition of your city with just one button
  • DOSBox Portable – classic DOS games to go
  • Frets on Fire Portable – rock out anywhere with this Guitar Hero™-style game
  • Jooleem Portable – a simple and addictive puzzle game with great music and visuals
  • LBreakout2 Portable – breakout-style arcade game similar to Arkanoid
  • Mines-Perfect Portable – a classic hunt-for-mines game with advanced features
  • Sudoku Portable – the wildly popular and addictive puzzle game
  • The Mana World Portable – a free, 2D, retro-style MMORPG
  • Tile World Portable – engaging and fast-paced tile-based puzzles
  • Warzone 2100 Portable – single or online multiplayer real-time strategy game

Portable Graphics & Pictures Apps:

  • Blender Portable – 3D modelling, animation, rendering, post-production, playback
  • Cornice Portable – image viewer with slideshow
  • Dia Portable – the full-featured diagramming tool
  • IcoFX Portable (Freeware) – full-featured icon editor
  • Inkscape Portable – vector graphics editor
  • GIMP Portable – Photo and Image Editor
  • XnView Portable (Freeware) – view, organize and convert photos


  • aMSN Portable – chat and video chat on MSN/Windows Live
  • DownThemAll! Extension (for Firefox) – download the files and images you want faster
  • FileZilla Portable – the full-featured FTP client
  • FireFTP Extension (for Firefox) – a lightweight extension
  • KVIrc Portable – full-featured IRC chat client
  • Google Chrome Portable (Freeware) – fast, simple, themeable browser
  • Miranda IM Portable – chat with AOL, MSN and Yahoo users in a customizable interface
  • Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition – the award-winning web browser that’s safe and secure
  • Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition – the handy email client
  • Nvu Portable & KompoZer Portable – the easy-to-use webpage editor
  • PChat Portable – full-featured IRC chat client
  • Pidgin Portable – chat with AOL, MSN and Yahoo users in an easy-to-use interface
  • PuTTY Portable – lightweight telnet and SSH client
  • Sage Extension (for Firefox) – A full-featured RSS extension
  • SeaMonkey, Portable Edition – complete internet suite (browser, email, chat, newsgroups)
  • Skype Portable (Freeware) – instant messaging, video chat and phone calls
  • µTorrent Portable (Freeware) – lightweight BitTorrent client
  • WinSCP Portable – SFTP, FTP and SCP client
  • WinWGet Portable – take and manage your downloads on the go

Music & Video:

  • Audacity Portable – A simple audio editor and recorder
  • BonkEnc Portable – extract, convert and encode audio
  • CoolPlayer+ Portable – Lightweight, fast, easy-to-use audio player
  • DVDStyler Portable – DVD menu authoring tool
  • MPlayer Portable – Full-featured movie player with support for most video formats
  • Songbird Portable – Full-featured digital media library and player
  • VirtualDub Portable – video processing and capture utility
  • VLC Media Player Portable – An easy to use media player that plays most audio and video formats


  • AbiWord Portable – a lightweight word processor compatible with Microsoft Word files
  • Dia Portable – the full-featured diagramming tool
  • Foxit Reader Portable (Freeware) – small and fast PDF reader
  • GnuCash Portable – accounting, expenses and financial management
  • Lightning Extension (for Thunderbird) – A lightweight extension for your calendar and tasks
  • Mozilla Sunbird, Portable Edition – Calendar and task management with a familiar interface
  • Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition (Address Book) – Email client’s built-in address book with import/export functions
  • Portable – word processor, spreadsheet, presentations with Microsoft compatibility
  • PDFTK Builder Portable – split, collate, watermark and password-protect PDF documents
  • PNotes Portable – sticky notes to go
  • SpeedCrunch Portable – an intuitive algebraic calculator
  • Sumatra PDF Portable – a lightweight PDF viewer
  • Task Coach Portable – to-do list and task manager


  • ClamWin Portable – Antivirus on the go
  • Eraser Portable – securely delete files and data
  • EraserDrop Portable – easily secure-erase files and data
  • KeePass Password Safe Portable – Secure, easy-to-use password manager
  • SpyDLLRemover Portable (Freeware) – Spyware DLL detection and removal


  • 2X Client Portable (Freeware) – remote server and RDP access client
  • 7-Zip Portable – File archiver and compressor
  • Command Prompt Portable – Simple link to a customizable command prompt
  • ConvertAll Portable – convert units of measurement
  • FreeCommander Portable (Freeware) – easy-to-use windows file manager
  • InfraRecorder Portable – full-featured CD and DVD burner
  • Java Portable (Freeware) – Work with Java apps portably
  • Java Portable Launcher – Run Java JARs portably
  • JkDefrag Portable – Disk defragmentation and optimization
  • Light screen Portable – easy to use screenshot tool
  • PeaZip Portable – Easy to use file archiver and compressor
  • AppCompactor – shrink apps without affecting functionality
  • Backup – integrated backup utility bundled with the platform
  • Menu – integrated start menu bundled with the platform
  • TeamViewer Portable (Freeware) – remote PC support and screen-sharing
  • Toucan – backup, sync and encrypt for advanced users
  • WinDirStat Portable – disk usage analyzer and cleanup tool
  • winMd5Sum Portable – check md5 sums to verify files on the go
  • WinMerge Portable – file comparison and merging
  • Xenon File Manager Portable – portable file browser

The Second Website is

This website is really wonderful and hosts hundreds of portable applications, all of which cannot be enlisted here. The stock of the website is divided into the main category of applications and then the subcategory so it is very easy to navigate and find a similar application of different flavour. I will give an overview of the screenshot of this wonderful website.

Pendrive Applications

In this website the applications are listed in the below following categories:



Using a portable application from your own flash drive is safer if taken care of since you do not miss any of the vital information from your part if taken care off, than just merely using the other persons desktop or a cyber cafe. You have almost all of the applications in both of the websites, to fulfil your general computational need.

In my next article, I will be writing about how to install an operating system directly into a pen drive and use it from it. So you can carry just the whole of your system with you in your pocket.

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