As someone who has been using PortableApps for a long time and a PC for even longer, this following problem really has me baffled, extremely frustrated and on the verge of being ready to throw something.
Here's the scoop:
The problem began it seems when I upgraded my PortableApps Platform from 1.6 to 1.6.1 back in early June. I installed the first bunch of apps that were released on June 4 (Pidgin Portable 2.7.1, AbiWord Portable 2.8.5, PNotes Portable 6.0 and Sumatra PDF Portable 1.1) and immediately experienced issues with both Pidgin Portable 2.7.1 and AbiWord 2.8.5 freezing and not loading at all. When I installed Pidgin Portable 2.7.1 Rev 1 the freezing problem for that app went away, but an install of AbiWord 2.8.6 did not fix anything and caused the same behavior.
Here's where things start to get strange:
When I re-installed AbiWord Portable 2.8.2 (which worked completely fine prior to this) and tried to run it, the screen froze and would not load at all. Since I temporarily had no portable word processor to use, I elected to use OpenOffice Writer Portable 2.4.1 instead (which also worked fine previously) but it too froze and would not load. Huh???
I also tried to install the newest PortableApps versions of the following programs:
Task Coach (1.0.5 from 1.0.0)
Filezilla (3.3.3 from 126.96.36.199)
ClamWin (0.96.1 Rev 3 from 0.95.3)
Virtual Dub (1.9.9 from 1.9.8 )
uTorrent (2.0.2 Build 19648 from 2.0.0 Build 18620)
The only one of the above which installed successfully was Task Coach 1.0.5 and it works seamlessly; however, the newer versions of the rest of the list all froze the screen completely and would not load the programs. I had to revert to using the previous versions Filezilla, ClamWin and Virtual Dub, while uTorrent will no longer work at all. Again, Huh???
I was also going to update DOSBox to 0.74 and ConvertAll to 0.5.0b, but when I tried to load their already installed versions (0.73 and 0.4.3 respectively) this also lead to the screen freezing and neither one of them loading (Both of these also previously worked without any issues.) Did I mention, Huh???
Can somebody please tell me what exactly is going on here? I'm using a relatively new 4 GB Kingston USB drive (which still has over 50% free space on it) on a Windows XP Home SP3 system. I have not made any changes to my system's setup other than the normal AV updates, but I did find one rather odd thing:
I tried to update my local install of Firefox from 3.6.3 to both 3.6.4 and 3.6.6 and it froze the system and would not let me install either of them.
This is the first time anything like this has ever happened and all other aspects of the system are functioning as they normally do. Is there something simple that I'm overlooking here? It's not a firewall blocking issue as far as I can tell because I've checked the logs and the system is attempting to run the install programs for Firefox and the PortableApps programs in question, but for whatever reason these actions freeze the system. Again, everything I ran under PortableApps worked completely fine before updating the Platform from 1.6 to 1.6.1. I also re-installed PortableApps Platform 1.6, and even though it says it's this version it looks and behaves like the newer 1.6.1 version and the problems are still occurring.
Any help and insight here would be greatly appreciated as I really need to get AbiWord, OpenOffice, uTorrent and ConvertAll working properly again!