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John T. Haller
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IMPORTANT: Please include your operating system version, 32/64-bit, install path, new vs upgrade, platform version, any antivirus/firewall running, etc. Help us help you!

Please report any bugs you find with the platform here. There is a separate forum thread for localization discussion and another for apps that need an update. Bug reports made in comments will be deleted once added to this categorized list. Duplicate reports will be removed. Fixed bugs are listed in the Platform Changelog. Some bugs listed as fixed in the changelog for a current beta release will still be present in the older stable release. Bugs fixed or features added in our internal build that will be included in the next release are marked with an asterisk (*). Last Updated: 2014-11-20

Unconfirmed Bug Reports - If these happen to you, please report

  • LazPaintPortable and PicPickPortable claimed could not install to 3TB drive due to insufficient space. This is fixed in the current PA.c Installer and should not occur with these apps. No one else has been able to reproduce and the user has not responded to inquiries. (sl23)

Known / Confirmed Issues

  • Italian locale has wrong glibc string. Should be 'it'
  • App Installers report 'no free space' when installing to unmapped network shares via the platform updater, app store, or Apps - Install a New App. As a workaround, map the network share to a drive letter for now or run the paf.exe installer directly. This is now fixed in the current PA.c Installer and rolling out to apps.
  • Platform installer self-deletes when manually run from the platform
  • "Apps" shown as label for the the app list and the app management list in system tray
  • Can't rename or delete categories (feature coming soon)
  • Cannot upgrade platform while another platform in another location is running
  • ESET firewall/AV may cause some large downloads to hang, contacted publisher (thread)
  • On resolution changes, menu moves. May be able to pin it.
  • Empty ns*.tmp directory left behind in the TEMP directory after platform upgrade
  • Wallpaper switcher: disables Win7 wallpaper slideshow, no GUI
  • 120dpi: menu not scaled, some icons large/cropped, black boxes (custom dpi)
  • Wine-Specific: Black boxes, button hover states stick when dropdown appears
  • Updated/App Store says 'install complete' even when some fail
  • Get error if click Get More Apps while auto-update in beginning is running. Possibly wait or better error.
  • Context menu button not functional when using keyboard mode
  • Allow alt temp or permission fix when TEMP invalid and platform won't run (workaround included)
  • Please close running apps window sometimes appears behind other windows
  • Some issues with wallpaper changer on Windows 8 and/or 8.1 (thread)

Upcoming Features Confirmed Coming In An Upcoming Release

  • Ability to have updates start automatically on platform start with a minimized updater
  • Ability to 'Exit Anyway' and 'Try Again' on the Apps still running on exit dialog
  • Cancel updates/app installs mid-way through the process
  • Portablize Flash cookies
  • SOCKS proxy support via CURL for updater / app store *)
  • Disable menu tooltips option
  • Double-click apps to launch (in addition to single click)
  • Install all languages when installing apps via the app store option
  • File associations built-in (no eXpresso or Portable File Associator addons), including default browser/email
  • Configurable close/eject/minimize buttons in the lower right
  • Custom theme add, select and remove
  • UI options for advanced features that don't yet have them
  • Customization of the folders' (Documents, etc) name, icon and location to open, ability to add folders
  • Remove apps from the smart list
  • Run platform from read-only media. May skip this.
  • Search app directory
  • Windows 7 task bar customizations
  • BAT file on start and exit for advanced users with platform env vars available
  • Cache apps to improve menu start/refresh performance
  • Save installers for later use
  • Specify preferred SourceForge mirror
  • Hide Java apps in app directory (off by default)
  • Ability to select between minimize to tray, taskbar or auto in GUI
  • Change the icon of an app
  • Right-click Command Prompt Here
  • Right-click View App Homepage
  • Switch download indicator to show MB instead of KB
  • Improve multi monitor supportdetails
  • Ability to exclude apps from the updater (possibly show unchecked after checked updated apps)
  • Ability to manually add apps from other directories
  • Ability to adjust app command lines
  • Ability to resume dropped downloads (may be in combination with setting specific location for download)
  • Customizable systray icon
  • Autorun/Autoplay component installable locally (test version available
  • Ability to disable balloon tooltips in the menu
  • Ability to re-install and reset apps
  • Always on top option
  • Ability to hide non-commercial use apps in the app store
  • Ability to list out dev test apps in the About Apps screen
  • Language-specific Help - Support, Donation, etc landing pages
  • Ability to delay auto-started apps
  • Ability to have only favorites on front page (no recent or smart)
  • Ability to have updater/app store handle PA.c Installers with multiple downloads, also requires PA.c Installer update *
  • Improve detection of TEMP issues to include unexecutable, add translations for strings in Start.exe and offer users to setup a contain TEMP on the fly

Possible Future Features (Suggested by Users, Under Consideration)

  • Ability to have favorites listed in favorites section and in category in same list
  • Settings export/import
  • Ability to show installed apps with size, metrics on install/update, used, etc
  • Right-click app details (description, size used, etc)
  • Reconsider mandatory upgrades of platform before apps
  • Ability to remember expanded categories
  • Show local Java and .NET installed versions in About window
  • Ability to hide apps that don't permit business use in the app store
  • Delay apps set to autorun until after the updater has done a check, possibly not starting the ones that require an update
  • Ability to display sub-categories as folders
  • Independent portable desktop with its own icons

No Immediate 'Fix' Planned

  • App directory window is not resizable (limitation of programming language, will eventually be rewritten)
  • Apps in nonstandard sub-directories don't automatically work with the updater (keep apps as AppID)
  • Keyboard friendly navigation uses the less-than-intuitive Windows' default of working with a listbox: Hold CTRL to start selecting, use arrow keys or TAB to move around, hit SPACE to toggle a selection on or off. We're looking for a developer to assist with adding some custom C++ code to the NSIS EmbeddedLists component (Source Code) we use to display this list so that keyboard navigation will work with the checkboxes.
  • "Expand categories by default" interacts oddly with "Collapse other categories when one is expanded" or "Collapse categories on minimize"

Error on Right Click for Admin


Thanks for the continued updates to the great PA.c Platform and apps.

I found that when right clicking on a app to run as administrator produces the following error. (However, it does not seem to occur if the app is searched for and then right clicked on.

"Access violation at address 005A40EB in module 'PortableAppsPlatform.exe.' Read of address 00000008."

This particular message occurred with Autoruns Portable, but I am able to recreate it with others giving slightly different values.


Can't Recreate

This works fine for me on my Windows 7 box with Autoruns and every other app I've tried.

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More Info

Sorry about that. I forgot to include it

Windows 8.1 x64
C: Drive
Upgrade install
PA.c 12.0.4
K7Antivirus Premium

Full Path

Is it installed right to the root of C:? So C:\PortableApps is where all the app directories are?

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That is correct.

Working Here

I tried it with the Platform installed to C:\ (within C:\PortableApps\ is the actual PortableAppsPlatform.exe) on my Windows 8.1 x64 machine and I can right-click on Autoruns Portable and run as admin with no errors. Is there any way you can post your PortableAppsMenu.ini so I can see if a specific configuration change you made from the defaults is interfering?

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Collapse categories

I looked further into it and it seems to be caused by the collapse categories on minimize setting.

Thanks for the continued support!


I had tried that but I don't think I had it with categories visible at the time. I'll try to reproduce again shortly. Sadly, it wasn't in time for 12.0.5 which is posting now.

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No problem!

That's fine! Sorry for the delay in posting Eye-wink

Feature request

I would like to have a new 'Folder' that is an iso file.
I would like to install my software into the platform and access that .iso file as a virtual CD.

Is this a do-able item?
What kind of $ would you require from crowd-source for this to be made?

I am the best there is at what I do....
...and what I do best will bring a smile to your face.........


Unfortunately, mounting an ISO as a virtual CD requires admin rights. It's a Windows security restriction in the way it's setup. You can access the contents of an ISO using something like 7-Zip Portable, but you won't be able to mount a drive and run EXEs off it without admin rights, which significantly limits its usefulness. Is that what you were thinking of?

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Bounties 4 Issues & Features

Would it be realistic to set up a 50/50 bounty system for:
- Known / Confirmed Issues ...
- Upcoming Features ... &
- Possible Future Features ...

I can think of a couple items I would put money toward ($5-$10 each).

What I am suggesting is a Directed Donation where half goes to and half goes to the developer or team who fixes/completes/codes the item in question.

Then we as supporters can have a say in where some financially driven developers focus, by rewarding their efforts & still supporting

If even 200 people wanted a feature and were willing to put up $5 each that would be $500 for both and the developer which may be enough to at least push someone to look for a resolution.

If nothing else it would show you which issues people really place value on. To make it more viable I would suggest setting a minimum threshold for the donations ($1, $5, $10 etc.) where it would at least be worthwhile to manage and update.

That's my $10 worth anyway,

Don't kick the monster!
Program a robot to smash it, Shoot it, Spear it or even Throw something at it (preferably a grenade), but NEVER kick the monster!
NOTE: does not apply to BLACK BELTS.

Just Me

The problem is that everything you see added to the platform was done by me. The exceptions are the cascading tray menu, the underlying code to determine what processes are running, and the underlying code to monitor a file for changes (for autorun.inf change detection).

Additionally, this isn't the right place for these discussions as every comment here will be deleted. This is a tracker only.

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Current updated '' opens non-PA-app other USB

Since the updated was implemented last week (12-08 to 12-13-2014)two changes happen:
1. relatively minor - sometimes when the PAapp is manually loaded after startup, the PAapp window menu opens from the icon minimized to the systray into a larger, rectangular window with rounded corners; other times the PAapp window is smaller, more compact, including options to backup, restore, other classes of portable apps, etc; once the smaller compact forms opens, the larger, newer (or older?) window just listing installed portable apps isn't seen until the computer is restarted;;
2. yesterday opening the portable opera r12.17.1863 opened another version of that browser, on another USB flash drive then attached to the system, in another format, e.g. Opera@USB - after I closed this 'doppelganger' and restarted the computer, when I clicked on the 'opera' word and icon in the PAapps window I received a message similar to "Opera Portable and or the platform did not shutdown correctly last time. This will now be cleaned up. Please start Opera portable manually."
Since then clicking on 'Opera' in the PortableApps window opens the OperaPortable.exe and Opera.exe apps ; the "Opera@USB application on the other USB flash drive is NOT opened, so far.
Is this 'hunting' for other apps, other portable apps or apps similar to 'portableapps like ".....@USB" a known behavior; if so is there a workaround or fix to keep at home searching only on its flash USB drive, or can other USB drives be put off limits?
Phew thanks

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First off, note that no changes have been made to the PA.c Platform since September 10th. So, nothing was updated to your platform last week unless you hadn't used it since then.

For the larger window, please provide a screenshot.

For Opera, only apps within the PortableApps directory can be launched. The PA.c Platform can't launch apps elsewhere. Apps like Opera can run in the background and if Opera@USB is somehow set as your default on Windows and already running in the background, launching any other instance of Opera will just open up a new window for the existing process.

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Larger window

This sounds like the standard PortableApps menu vs. the right-click menu.

It's not a bug, its a feature.

Reply to first pass responses

Clearly left and right hands as well as individual fingers are involved in an undeclared war as the text prepared has disappeared after being save to be previewed?

Have screenshots of larger and (apparently) smaller Rclick context menu but don't see an attachment window, and pasting directly doesn't work, nor does "insert"; can mail from the screen capture utility in parallel, but don't have an email address - is that okay?

To improve, shorten, and clarify communications obfuscation should be avoided, unless its ABSOLUTELY necessary, then obfuscate as much as possible!

Addenda and Erratta to first reply version dated 9/10/14@9.33 PM is the version on my system, after I first installed the dld. I had dld but never tried to use or portableopera months ago so the updtng and dld to get current version seems timely good.
Alternate Opera versions on other USB drives include Opera itself (which Windows DEP prevents from execution)Opera@USB, and a zipped version of Opera which is also supposed to be 'portable' that I have not tried either. - operaportable in on USB3 and opera@usb is on USB4 both connected to the same hub - was surprised when apparently found and loaded oepra@usb in the larger window --didn't think to try right clicking to see if I could determine 'about' data?
Apologies if the first draft of this somehow shows up - somedays my hands and fingers are more mutually cooperative and even seem coordinated and cooperative with CNS, but not apparently tody/
Regards, ga_

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Autorun detector error when using mountpoint

OSes: XPx86 and 8.1x64
I have a 1.5 TB external HDD on which I have a huge PA install, which is very useful because I often switch OSes and this way I don't have to reinstall everything, I also install non-portable software on it, to save space on the OS disk. (And to separate them for security reasons)

The one problem with this config is that sometimes Windows "randomly" assigns a new drive letter to my drive, breaking all my install paths.

Recently I realized that using mount-points fixes this and it indeed did.

However, whenever I start PA through the mount-point, it displays a warning that the autolaunch config has been changed. No problem when I use the usual drive letter path.

Mostly it hangs when the box appears and I have to restart it. I had added PA to an automated task that launches it through the mount-point whenever I log in. Having to go through closing it from Task Manager and then opening it up again is starting to get irritating.
If it didn't hang, I wouldn't complain, but it does.