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How to install programs on the USB stick

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How to install programs on the USB stick: USB flash drives: how would you do without them? Now there is no place where you don’t go without taking your beloved “pen” with you. Thanks to it, you can keep your data always and in any case at hand and transport large files without problems: a real piece of cake, no doubt about it. But admit it, there are also a lot of applications that you would love to have on the pendrive. However, since these are resources that require “traditional” installation, you do not know how to save them on the latter so that they can then be started at the most appropriate time. How do you say? Is this exactly how it is? So what are you waiting for? Remedy now!

You ask me how? Well, creating the portable variant applications you need yourself. Awesome, don’t you think? Read my guide dedicated to the topic and you will immediately find out how to do it. In the following lines it will be my concern to illustrate you, in a simple but at the same time detailed way, how to do it install programs on the USB stick even if, precisely, these are not available in various portable. You just have to resort to the use of a special tool specifically used for the purpose in question and it is done. Nothing particularly complicated or out of your reach, don’t worry.

Then, for completeness of information, at the end of the guide I will also indicate which solutions you have from yours to install on the USB stick the suites of portable programs already “ready to use” full of resources of all kinds among which you will certainly succeed to find something congenial to what your needs are. But now let’s not waste any more time chatting and get to work. I wish you, as usual, have a good read and I wish you a big good luck for everything.

Create portable programs

As I said at the beginning, in order to install programs on the USB stick you need to transform these profits into portable software. To do this, you must resort to the use of a special tool called Cameyo. It is a free program that, precisely, allows you to create portable applications for USB sticks using a virtual environment. Believe it or not, by using it you can transform any program into an independent application, bootable on any computer without the need for special installations or configurations. Here’s how it works.

The first step you need to take is, of course, to download the Cameyo program to your computer by connecting to the relative one website and clicking on the button Download at the bottom of the page that opens. When the download is complete, open the executable file obtained, click on Run and, in the window that opens, select the item Capture an installation and click on OK.

How to install programs on the USB stick

Then wait a few seconds for the program to complete the initial installation procedure and when you see the window with the button in the Windows notification area (where the system clock is located) Install done, start the executable file of the program you want to turn into portable, complete the installation procedure of the same and then press on the button in question without starting the newly installed software.

How to install programs on the USB stick

Then wait for Cameyo to “capture” the program and create the related portable application. Depending on the size of the application, it may take more or less time. You, please, in the meantime try to be patient. When the procedure is complete, you will see the message appear Package successfully built in: C: Users Username Documents Cameyo apps. Close it by clicking on the button OK and then go to the position indicated in the on-screen message where Cameyo saved the portable version of the software (i.e. the folder Cameyo Packages present in Documents).

How to install programs on the USB stick

Et voila! Now your portable application is ready. To transfer it to a USB stick, all you have to do is copy the generated program (it should be called name-of-programma.virtual.exe) on the latter and you will be free to use it on any computer, even where Cameyo is not installed, of course. How to start the portable application on another PC? Double click on the software copied to the pendrive and you’re done, what questions!

I also point out that, if you want to make changes to one or more of the portable applications created using Cameyo, you can do it at any time by starting the software again, selecting the option Edit a package and then the button OK in the on-screen window, selecting the wording Open exisisting virtual app in the window that appeared on the desktop and opening the reference application created previously.

Through the next window you can then intervene on the application by changing its name, the files that compose it, security options etc. Finally, remember to save all the various and any changes made by calling the menu File which is at the top left and selecting the appropriate item from the latter.

Suite of portable programs ready for use

As I said, in addition to being able to install programs on the USB stick transforming those that best suit you into portable software, there are also ready-to-use software suites that you can download to your pendrive, install on the latter and start using a special launcher, a bit like the Windows Start menu. Read more to find out more details below.


The first of the portable software suites I want to talk to you about is called LiberKey. This is a totally free solution for OS Windows through which, as anticipated, you can access a wide range of programs of various kinds and suitable for various needs, all accessible through a special menu that is displayed by connecting the pen to the computer.

To use it, to begin with, go to the wing download page of LiberKey and click the button Download located at the top on the right. Once the download is complete, start the executable file obtained and click the button Forward in the window you see appear on the desktop then select the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and still presses on Forward twice in a row.

Portable programs for free USB sticks

Then click on the button Browse …, connect the USB stick you want to use and indicate the position of the latter in the program window. Click again on Forward and then on Yes. Then complete the setup by removing the tick to create a shortcut to LiberKey on the desktop, pressing again on Forward, then on Install and then on end.

Now, click on the button Download the list of available suites present in the window that went to open on the desktop in order to display the complete list of the various portable software that you can add to your pendrive and to the LiberKey launcher. Select the suite of your choice from the list above, check if there is something among the available programs that you do not care about so as to avoid installing it by removing the check from the adjacent box and pressing the button Install all applications in the selected suite.

Portable programs for free USB sticks

Once the installation process is complete, you can take advantage of the portable software part of the chosen suite by starting them from the LiberKey menu accessible from the portion of the desktop above the Windows notification area.

In the left part of the menu you will find a list of all the programs organized by categories, preferences and based on the opening date together with the search bar to quickly find what you need. On the right there are the buttons to access any documents saved on the pen, the one to manage the LiberKey usage settings and the commands to close the program, to view the space occupied on the pendrive and to close the menu.


As an alternative to LiberKey you can refer to PortableApps. It is an additional resource belonging to the category in question that allows access to many portable programs, very popular and able to meet the most disparate needs, through a special menu that can be started directly from the pendrive that is connected to the computer. Even in this case, it is a zero-cost solution compatible with all Windows PCs.

To use PortableApps, first connect to the download page of the suite and press the button Download. Doing so will start the download of the related executable file. When the procedure is complete, open the file obtained, select (if necessary) Italian from the drop-down menu for choosing the language in the window that appears on the desktop and press on OK then click on Forward come on I accept and make sure it turns out to select the option New installation (otherwise select it yourself).

Portable programs for free USB sticks

Now, press up once more Forward, verify that the option is checked Portable (otherwise you always provide) and press again on Forward then connect your pendrive to the computer and, in the PortableApps installation window, first click on Forward and then select the path relative to the pendrive. Click again on Forward, then on Install and to finish the setup presses on end.

Within a few moments PortableApps will start. You will then see a new window appear on the desktop through which you can select the portable software that you want to add to your stick. Find the names of those of your interest and tick the relevant box and then click on Forward and wait for the download process to start and complete. Then press the button end and on that Close.

All the software you have downloaded to your stick via PortableApps will be manageable and accessible through the aforementioned menu that you will see appearing in the Windows notification area.

In the left part of the same you will find the complete list of the various applications installed and the indicator of the overall space occupied by the apps on the pendrive, while on the right there are the search field, the reference categories and the buttons to add and remove apps , to manage PortableApps’ options and operation, as well as the button to close the menu and minimize it.

Additional useful resources

In addition to the suite of programs mentioned above, there are also other resources used for the purpose that you could consider to have all the resources you need directly at your fingertips. You ask me which ones? Well, I immediately look at my dedicated tutorial portable programs for free USB sticks and you will find out immediately.

If instead you want some advice about any single programs to download or Internet sites where to look for this or that other portable software, I suggest you read my post dedicated to portable software for pen drives and my article on portable programs for the USB stick for free.