It is now possible to
make a portable application with ThinApp.
so that it can be accessed on any platform. ThinApp is a software developed by VMWare that can be used for
creating portable applications
. It uses the concepts of
and the principles of sandboxing to make an application run on any platform. It is not complicated to
make a portable application with ThinApp
but it is important to start with a clean computer and follow the instructions carefully. Once done, the application can be used on a
portable storage device
and can be accessed from any system without compromising the data.
ThinApp is a program that can be used to make some applications portable for the user. But you should do this only with applications that have not already been installed on your computer.
Below are instructions for using ThinApp
ThinApp is supported on Windows Seven since version 4.0.4 How to proceed
Select "All Programs" from the Start menu and choose VMWARE before double clicking the "ThinApp Setup Capture" shortcut.
When the ThinApp Setup Capture window pops up, click "Next"
Close all applications that might affect ThinApp's performance as well as the application that you want to make portable
The application will scan for the files required and may take some time. Do not touch anything while this process is going on. It will let you know automatically when done
When it has finished, minimize the ThinApp window as indicated on the screen
If the application requires the serial number in order to run, enter it to validate the software. Do not forget to configure the software before proceeding to the next step
When the installation is done maximize the ThinApp window and click on Next to analyze your system again
The analysis of the system will determine which folders and files are needed for the installation of the software to be able to create a portable version of it
When the user-accessible entry points window pops up, check the software that needs to be made portable and when this is done, click Next
You can now choose the flash disk device where you want the application to run and click Next when done
Leave the Merged Isolation mode checked and click Next
Choose the Fast Compression option to get the maximum space that will be required on the flash disk. Click Next
The folders that will be needed by the application will be put in the same directory
Once that process has finished, click Build Now
Choose the Browse Project option to get hold of the folder made specially for the portable software.
Browse for and open the Bin folder
Finally, copy the executable application to your flash disk
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