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khs10uk
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PortableApps does not start or update normally

In the root folder of the USB stick, when I click on the usual START icon for PortableApps, I get this warning:

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The PortableAppsPlatform.exe file is not a valid PortableApps.com release and can not be launched.
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Yet when I go into the PortableApps folder, then go into PortableApps.com and click on PortableAppsPlatform.exe, the application starts.

BUT, having opened, I get the error box:

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The PortableApps.com Updater or App Directory is already running. This could be the PortableApps.com Platform automatically checking for updates on startup. Please wait for other instances to finish before starting another.
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The very same thing occurs to other copies of PortableApps that I have been maintaining, including one saved on the hard drive of my laptop.

I tied reinstalling PortableApps, but it complained that the my USB stick, with approximately 8GB of free space, did not have enough memory.

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Corrupted Drive

This will happen when your drive is partially corrupted, when a malfunctioning antivirus is interrupting proper functionality or when a machine is infected with a virus/malware. I would explore those 3 possibilities.

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I have the same problem

I have the same problem and none of the suggested fixes work for me.
Did you manage to fix this?
I'm using Windows 8

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Bad Drive

As stated above, the only thing that will cause an inability to install to the drive (not enough free space when there is free space) is either a permissions issue or a drive with logical or physical errors on it. There's nothing to fix on the PA.c end of things.

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Understood

I can install but get the message (when trying to update or get more apps)

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The PortableApps.com Updater or App Directory is already running. This could be the PortableApps.com Platform automatically checking for updates on startup. Please wait for other instances to finish before starting another.
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This happens on my home Win 8 computer if I install on my USB stick or on the C drive

The same USB stick works fine on my work computer.

Will keep trying to get it to work and will report back if I make progress...

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On Startup

As you start the platform, the updater automatically runs (silently) to check for updates for your platform and apps. This can take 30 seconds or more in the current incarnation. If you try to run the updater or app store in this time, it will fail. You can disable this behavior in the Options window.

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Thanks

Thanks
I reinstalled Win 8 and all is fine now.
If the behaviour recurs I will post here what I think has caused it

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Graham

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Solution is here:

Solution for:
" The PortableAppsPlatform.exe file is not a valid PortableApps.com release and can not be launched. "

For Advanced users:
Just give "Allow" to "All Access" to Everyone, Users, System, Administrators and (your account name) to your account's temp/tmp folder.

For Normal Users:
(Windows Vista/7/8/8.1)
Open a Explorer (any folder) in the left bar will be "my pc" "this computer" o something like that.
Right click on this pc, properties
go to Advanced system configuration.
you must be on "Advanced" tab now, go to "Environment Variables
check valor for "TEMP" and "TMP"
ex: TEMP: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp
ex: TMP: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp
now click "Edit" and Copy the direction.
Close all opened menus.
Go to Run (Win key + R) or Explorer (any folder)
and peaste the direction copied ex: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp
Now you are in your temp folder, you must go to properties of that folder, you can go back and right click on "Temp" or Right click on a empty space without selecting any file and select properties.
Now you are on properties of your temp folder (ex %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp)
Go to Security Tab.
Click on "Edit"
Now click on add and write "Everyone", click accept, and select allow for all access. check for "SYSTEM", "Administrators", , "Users", "Everyone", if all of that users have full access you will get no error.

Now say good bye to "is not a valid release" error.

~ Lord Ziru J. Soulslayer.

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