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HELP!!! Using batch-converted-exe file to run programs in relative locations

Submitted by Speedyg263 on March 14, 2007 - 4:57pm

OK. What I'm having trouble with is I have apps that I've made portable by registering certain files (dll, drv,etc.) with a batch file. I also use the batch file to call the program that I'm wanting to run. (When the program is closed then the files are then unregistered).
I know that the Portable Apps Menu will not recognize batch files, so I use a batch-to-exe converter. I can run the batch file by itself and it will run fine. However, when I run it from the portable apps menu it says that it cannot find the the location of the file that I'm wanting to run.

Skinning the menu

Submitted by techraven on March 13, 2007 - 9:46pm

Let me first say that my hat is off to the PA guys. I used U3 for about six months and thought it was the cat's ass. 24 hours after finding PortableApps, U3 was gone.

Is there any one place where people are posting their menu skins? I've created my first, and I plan to do some more in the near future, just because it is easy. It is intended to go to a friend of mine in the Marines, hence the theme. I posted it here:

Drive won't eject

Submitted by dgsarnow on March 12, 2007 - 12:06pm

I love portable apps. I have had problems ejecting it however. I have Vista at home and XP at work. It will work fine at work, but when I use it at home, the eject botton will not work and I have to kill it in task manager. Any thoughts?

PStart/PortableApps Menu

Submitted by jbbdude on March 11, 2007 - 4:58pm

I have been using PStart for a while, as I have had a U3 smart drive with non-U3 apps. I am slowly shifting away from the U3 platform, but I am finding the PStart menu and settings somewhat boring and... well... not very useful.I want to switch to the menu but... is it possible to use a PStart settings file I have been using and modifying in the menu? Also, does the menu have folders like PStart?

*FOUND* A way to rename/reorder/remove programs from the menu!!!

Submitted by water_foul on March 10, 2007 - 4:38pm

I found this by looking around and bringing together a bunch of info. this works with .exe and .bat. It is a pretty long process but i have not found a case where it did not work like has happened with a bunch of other processes.


various feedback/reqs: disable fade, tray icon menu, minimode, add apps silently, one instance only

Submitted by gorbo on March 10, 2007 - 3:46am

I've been trying out some apps in the portable apps suite on a laptop and on an USB thumb drive for a while.

Here's some feedback/requests concerning the PortableApps Menu (which perhaps has be said before, but if so might be worth emphasizing):
- option to disable fade out when not focused
- add tray icon context menu with an option to close the menu
- allow minimal mode: no padded red skin, one column of options (only text in small type, no icons) and one column of links to apps. It needn't be much wider than the start button in Win XP really.

Renaming Programs?

Submitted by Sam G on March 8, 2007 - 5:14pm

I installed a program called Money Manager EX Portable to play around with. It works with zero problems, but the only issue I have is on the menu it has the exact name of the .exe file. The menu also put a link to the uninstaller, so I ended up deleting that .exe and it's .dat file, which fixed that issue.

Screenshot: At the very top of the program list you can see "mmex"

I was just wondering if for the new version in the making, that renaming progams on the menu is possible?

-Sam G


PortableAppsMenu simply crashes on running

Submitted by quatermass on March 7, 2007 - 11:30am

I've got win2000 sp4.
I've installed v1.0 and the v1.0-1.1 patch.
When I run the StartPortableApps.exe I get an error from Explorer.

Program Error
Portableappsmen.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows.
You will need to restart the program.
An error log is being created.

Of course I've no idea where this log could be.

Can't see any relevant event viewer log either.

It does work in win2K?

How applications are added to the menu

Submitted by greatestcoder on March 6, 2007 - 1:34pm

Hello all,

I have added few application (some of them written by me) to the PortableApps directory. Is there any way that I can control which applications show up in the menu?

For example I'm using Opera@USB. The problem is that there are a couple of exe files in the directory and the menu picks all of them up. Is there a config file that can be put in the app directory that can specify what should be obtained and what not?