I'm installing PAP for the first time and it has not been a smooth process. I first checked off 283 apps to download, and it took many hours to download everything. However, after installing about 150 apps, the application started to repeatedly display these two error alerts:
(1) "Access violation at address 00404F47 in module 'PortableAppsPlatform.exe'. Write of address"
(2) "Stack overflow."
I kept hitting the OK button, but eventually the application bombed out entirely. Interestingly enough, the installation window was still running, but now I had to manually sit there and hit the Next, Install, and Finish buttons to install every app. My thought was that the PAP menu had logic to automate clicking these buttons since I didn't have to do this when it was running, so I made the mistake of relaunching the menu (by double-clicking on Start.exe). Bad idea! After proving my theory correct for the first couple minutes (I no longer had to click Next, Next, Install, Finish), there was some kind of conflict and the installation window closed :(.
A large chunk of my time downloading went down the drain because I had to go back and check off the remaining 129 apps that didn't get installed, and PAP had to download them all over again. As before, the download went OK, but after installing about 40 apps, I'm now getting the same Access Violation and Stack Overflow errors again, which brings us to this post.
To play it safe, now I have to spend time monitoring each installation and clicking Next, Next, Install, and Finish for each app.
I would like to add that my PAP is installed to an 8GB USB stick and I'm running Windows XP Pro SP3 with Comodo firewall and Avira antivirus disabled during the installation.