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Speeding up PortableApps menu start at first insertion??

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softfoot
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Speeding up PortableApps menu start at first insertion??

I *love* my portable apps setup - it has dug me out of the "brown stuff" more often than I care to admit!

However, I have a 16GB flash stick with a *LOT* of portable apps and other usefull tools installed and as a result it cane take 10 seconds for the menu to be accessible after insertion in the USB slot in the fastest machine I have and on several others it can take as long as 30 seconds.

I suspect that this is due to the menu rescanning the apps and updating its contents.

Short of reducing the number of apps or spending silly money on a faster drive -- is there any way to speed up this process ??

For instance, I would be very happy to manually re-scan when necessary or suffer a re-scan after the installation of a new app.

So is it not possible for the menu system to retain it's last scan and use that at startup ??

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Dave

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There has been talk in the

There has been talk in the past of caching the installed apps list but it is not officially on the roadmap for the platform.

You do have a few options, two of which you listed, although a faster drive does not always mean big money. You just have to do your homework on the drives you see for average/good prices. You also have to make a bit of a trade-off between space and speed, as usually the bigger drives use the exact same controllers as the smaller ones despite the extra "space" they have to traverse. The best/quickest drive for its size that I have had is a 16Gb Corsair Flash Voyager, which you can now get in USB 3.0 varieties (kinda useless if you don't have a USB 3.0 port on your computer, though).

My solution was to buy a 2Tb portable hard drive. As fast, if not faster, than running from the system drive.

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There has been talk in the

There has been talk in the past of caching the installed apps list but it is not officially on the roadmap for the platform.

It is on the roadmap (see here at Road to the next Release), but not in the actual pre-release. I think, icon-caching is in development together with eleminating the GDI-leak-bug.

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Knew I had seen it somewhere.

Knew I had seen it somewhere. I checked the upcoming features section of the bug report thread, but it hasn't made it that far yet.

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