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PostPoints tip: Take your favorite programs with you

(Note: This isn't last week's PostPoints tip. That one advised e-mail recipients to visit this blog to find old tips--which you, as readers of this blog, already know from last Monday's post. So instead, I'm posting this old, but still-relevant item that originally ran on September 4, 2007.)

Windows programs usually insist on being installed in a PC's "Program Files" folder. But some programs can be tweaked to run on cheap, compact USB flash drives -- allowing you to run them on any Windows computer you encounter and take your own settings and data with you when you leave that PC. Visit portableapps.com to download installers for such free programs as the Mozilla Firefox Web browser, the Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail program and the OpenOffice bundle of word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. This site also features portable versions of several security and system-repair programs -- collect them on a USB drive if you regularly get asked to fix friends' computers.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 19, 2010; 6:56 AM ET
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Handy tip. I have administrator rights on my work PC, but many colleagues don't. I have had good luck getting Firefox to run for them from a flash drive, since they can't install it on their hard disk, and it is not "corporate-standard software". We are still stuck with creaky old Internet Explorer 6, which is required to run ONE mission-critical Web app which has not yet been rewritten to be browser-agnostic.

Posted by: 54Stratocaster | July 19, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

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