Hi, I wanted to double-check my understanding of the portableapps.com standalone installation / usage as there were a few apps I was interested in using, but I downloaded 2 as a test and neither work - so either I've mis-understood something or there are some issues!
Summary tech info:
- O/S: Windows 11 (Pro)
- Download location: D:\Downloads\PortableApps.com[Application]
- App 1: PDF-XChangeEditor
- App 2: SSD-Z
I browsed the list of available apps online
Clicked on the app, which took me to a page like this one for PDF-XChangeEditor
Clicked the large, green download from portableapps.com button
> NOTE The support page says: "just click the Download button from the application's page. You'll see a SourceForge download page that automatically selects a download server close to you and redirects you to the download."
However, in my case I was taken to a portableapps.com page
I downloaded the .exe file to
PDF-XChangeEditorPortable_9.5.368.0.paf.exeinstaller and chose the folder where to extract the files, in my case ```D:\Downloads\PortableApps.com\PDF-XChangeEditorPortable``
> NOTE The support page says to: "If you're running it standalone, browse to the directory you installed the AppNamePortable directory you installed to and then double-click the AppNamePortable.exe file. Then, just use the app as you'd use the regular version.
However, in my case when I try to run
D:\Downloads\PortableApps.com\PDF-XChangeEditorPortable\PDF-XChangeEditorPortable.exe, the app crashes immediately with the following error: "The application was unable to start correctly (Oxc000007b). Click OK to close the application,"
When I tried to run "D:\Downloads\PortableApps.com\SSD-ZPortable\SSD-ZPortable.exe" as a second test, this does not even open! -- I get a UAC prompt (which I approve) however nothing then appears and I can't detect the app running in task manager
- 100% failure rate is unusual so I'm assuming either portableapps.com bundling / repackaging process has some major issue, or I've missed something in the instructions / am doing something wrong
- I don't want to use the portableapps.com platform (and even on the portableapps.com support pages, it makes it clear that this isn't necessary and standalone running of apps is supported)
- If someone can please advise what's going wrong I would be very grateful, thanks in advance
When checking the preview before posting, this page did not look right at all, however I copied into into an external markdown validator and it confirmed all the formatting was correct and the page looked fine there... So if this page reads very badly, I'm sorry, I tried but must be a portableapps.com issue.