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jaybz.e
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Temporarily disable automatic app starting

Hi. Is there a way to temporarily disable automatic app starting other than editing the ini and editing the contents of the [AppsAutoStart] section and reverting it afterwards?

I use PortableApps in multiple computers, however, on certain computers, I don't want the apps that are marked as "Start Automatically" to run.

I currently have my PortableApps platform installed inside a TrueCrypt volume on my USB flash drive and I mount the encrypted volume and start the PortableApps menu via an AutoIt script I created residing on the root of the USB flash drive. I was planning on modifying the AutoIt script to implement this "feature" but I was wondering if there was an easier way to do it. Perhaps even implemented but undocumented on the PortableApps menu itself?

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no

There is no undocumented feature to have the platform remember which PC to autostart on and where not.

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Disable Key

I suspect he's wondering if there's a disable feature, like holding down Shift on Windows to prevent auto-run when inserting a CD.

I doubt portable apps menu has such a feature. Does auto-it have the ability to copy or rename files? You could have two ini files and copy the appropriate one in just before launching the menu.

Honestly, if it were me I'd just forgo automatic start.

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azto run

I think he isnt talking about windows auto run but about the feature of the portableapps.com menu to autostart apps.

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If only there was scripting support

If the PortableApps menu could run batch scripts when started and ejected, which would be excellent, this would easily done using if %COMPUTERNAME%== . This ability would also allow all sorts of other benefits. Is it planned for the new version? It's my number one request.

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If you're going to make an autoit script…

    … then you might as well make your script start the desired apps as well as the menu instead of having it edit/replace the PortableAppsMenu.ini and then start the Menu.
That way, your script could pop up and ask you to choose which set you want to start without making it wait to start the Menu.

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jaybz.e
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AutoIt it is

Thanks for all the info. Looks like I'm going with AutoIt then. Thanks for the tip 3D1TOR. I might end up making something I can release out to the public if I'm not too lazy.

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