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What is Portable Application

U3 Versus PortableApps

What is Portable Application ?
A portable application is a computer
program that you can carry around with
you on a portable device and use on any
Windows computer.
When your USB flash drive, portable hard
drive, iPod or other portable device is
plugged in, you have access to your
software and personal data just as you
would on your own PC. And when you
unplug the device, none of your personal
data is left behind.



The site and project started out as a batch script

to run Mozilla Firefox from a flash drive. John T.
Haller then expanded the project to include
Mozilla Thunderbird and Soon
the open source suite of programs outgrew
Haller's personal WWW site and Haller moved it
to a community site,, which
now serves as a location to centralize the
knowledge and development efforts of portable
application projects
PortableApps Benefits

Data security

Virus protection

Free & Open-Source

No Special Hardware

No need of admin rights

Free Portable Applications

PortableApps Criticisms

Delayed latest App. Version

Application Inherently Portable

Non-AutoLaunch issues
PortableApps Benefits
Data Security

Portableapps drives come with

Toucan application. This utility
sync, backup, and encrypts the
drive to protect from data loss
and data theft.
PortableApps Benefits
Virus protection

Like U3 drives, Portableapps come

with virus protection software which
gives protection against being
infected by or spreading computer
viruses and the best news it is free
and lightweight.
PortableApps Benefits
Free & Open-Source

Unlike U3’s closed platform, The

Portableapps open source platform
is the best edge yet of Portableapps
to U3. This means Manufacturers
doesn’t need to spend or to pay
Royalties to Portableapps to
implement this program on their
PortableApps Benefits
No special hardware needed

Unlike U3’s closed platform that runs only

to SanDisk’s U3 drive, Selected Memorex
and Imation Flashdrives. Portableapps
runs on Flashdrives, Ipod,Portable
Harddrives or other portable device.
Whatever is the brand of the your portable
storage device Portableapps will work.
Just pick any portable storage device and
install Portableapps Platform.
PortableApps Benefits
No need of admin rights on other computers

New software can be downloaded to a U3 flash

drive without the requirement for administrative
privileges on the host computer.
PortableApps Benefits
Free Portable Applications

Portableapps application is Godsend to

Portable application user. Why, because
all of current applications on Portableapps
is free. Besides from being useful, decent
and not just non-sense application. Their
$0.00 price tag is the best buy for portable
PortableApps Criticisms
Delayed latest App. Version

There had been some criticism regarding the

delay between the official release of an
application, and the availability of a portable
version. The delay is due to adjustment of codes
to run on Portableapps Platform Launch pad.
PortableApps Criticisms
Application Inherently Portable

A number of the applications included in

packages are inherently portable, with official versions of
the software being released (for example) in ZIP format,
which can simply be uncompressed and copied to a USB
drive, where it would be ready for use anyway. The
repackaging of these applications serves to integrate with
the PortableApps menu. An example of this is XAMPP
which is installed independently on the removable device
and only integrated by using the XAMPP Launcher. Some
applications, while inherently portable, still leave traces on
the host computer when the official version is used, such as
PortableApps Criticisms
Non-Autolaunch issues

The menu cannot launch

automatically unless set up to
do so on first install under
Windows XP or Vista. Instead
the user is prompted.
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U3 is a company producing a proprietary

method of auto-launching applications
from specially formatted USB flash drives.
Flash drives adhering to the U3
specification are termed "U3 smart drives".
U3 smart drives come preinstalled with the
U3 Launchpad, which looks similar to the
Windows OS start menu and controls
program installation. The method works
with recent Microsoft Windows systems
U3 Benefits


Ease of use

Data security

Virus protection

No need of admin rights

U3 Criticisms

Lack of encryption

Two drive letters Non-Windows issues

Slow loading speeds

Trialware Apps.
Uninstallation issues

Freezing the computer

Hardware requirements

Proprietary format / closed platform

Incompatibility with certain platforms


This software automatically attempts installation of U3

components (U3 Launchpad) on the hard disk drive and
associated System Registry entries on the Host Computer.
Afterwards the U3 software can be taken with all its
personalized settings to any computer running a compatible
version of Microsoft Windows (though no other operating
system), with no need to install the software if not already
there, or to use different settings and options, the
initialization Host computer requires Administrative
privileges and no need for administrator access privileges
on subsequent computers.
Ease of use

Programs are run from the

Launchpad, functionally similar
to the Windows Start menu
familiar to most users of
Windows XP.
Data security

Most U3 drives on the market feature a

security lock within the U3 Launchpad.
This loads the CD partition first and can
be user-configured to require a password
to be entered; otherwise the data partition
will not load. The drive is supposed to seal
itself after a certain number of invalid
password entries, requiring a reformat.
Virus protection

Many U3 drives come with virus

protection software which gives
protection against being infected
by or spreading computer
No need of admin rights on other computers

New software can be

downloaded to a U3 flash
drive without the requirement
for administrative privileges
on the host computer.
Two drive letters

As a work-around to the lack of Auto-Play for

Flash drives on older versions of Windows, the
U3 software creates two drive letters (one which
presents itself as a CD to allow Windows' auto-
play to start the launcher, and another for storing
user data). Although this is the only way to
implement auto-start functionality on pre-
Windows XP systems, it could be considered a
kludge, and the extra drive letter created can be
an annoyance. However, it is trivial to prevent
Windows from allocating a drive letter for the "CD
drive" via the Windows "Disk Management" tool.
Lack of encryption

It has been reported that the supposed

secure data is actually fully accessible
with any application that can read raw
sectors, the password system simply
being used as a lock on a door (but you
can still see through the windows).
Though, as with any flash drive, this
security problem can easily be resolved by
using 3rd party disk encryption software
such as FreeOTFE and TrueCrypt
Non-Windows issues

The U3 software and applications only work on

Windows. The effect of the U3 flash drive on non-
Windows operating systems is variable - it will
appear as a read-only CD-ROM drive containing
some Windows software on Mac OS and Linux.
The use of non-standard CD-ROM emulation
may cause errors - under Linux you will see
kernel errors like "end_request: I/O error, dev sr1,
sector 196600" relating to the emulated drive.
The U3 Windows software takes up space on the
flash disk and can't be deleted without using the
Windows/Mac uninstaller mentioned above.
Slow loading speeds

Many U3 users have complained

about how long the USB drive takes
to load the software. Some have
even complained of data transfer
rates being lower than normal
although U3 deny that their software
affects data transfer rate.
Uninstallation issues

The original U3 Launchpad could not be uninstalled by an

end-user. U3 responded to this criticism by making uninstall
software available on their website. This was largely due to
Best Buy's Geek Squad, who in early 2006 raised the issue
of not being able to uninstall U3 and got them to first write
an uninstaller for the Geek Squad branded drives, and later
for all the U3 drives. Since November 2006, all U3 drives
have included an uninstaller. However, the uninstaller
doesn't work in all cases and requires installing proprietary
software on the computer before being able to remove the
U3 features from the flash drive
Freezing the computer

There is a strong possibility of

locking up or freezing a
computer with certain CD/DVD
burning software installed. for
example Nero v7 and Roxio
Hardware requirements

U3 software only runs on U3

Hardware, unlike most
portable applications
Proprietary format / closed platform

The U3 platform is available to anyone

who registers (for free) with U3. However
because it requires registration it is
classed as a "closed" platform /
proprietary format. SanDisk, the rights
holders for U3, ask for a 5% royalty from
USB flash drive manufacturers who wish
to implement the platform on their
Incompatibility with certain platforms

Some host systems – such as photo kiosks, consumer

electronics, and other embedded computing devices –
cannot correctly mount U3 "smart drives." The problem
may arise because the emulated CD-ROM is the first drive
presented to the host system. As such, the device is
detected as a CD-ROM drive or not at all. Although some
newer photo kiosks are U3 aware and can overcome this
limitation, it still exists on many platforms. In embedded
systems, where program memory is limited, it may be very
costly in terms of system resources to make a device U3
aware. In such cases it is far more logical to leave this
Trialware Applications

Majority of U3’s application is trialware

exception to Mozilla’s products like Firefox
and Thunderbird. Foxit reader is also free.
Yet most of it’s application is paid version
like the vital and the disappointingly
trialware is Avast U3 edition and McAfee
U3 edition. Most of the games in the U3
Platform is paid version and very few free