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Portable programs for free USB sticks

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Portable programs for free USB sticks: Who doesn’t have at least one USB stick in their desk drawer nowadays? Yes, you are absolutely right: the pendrives are very useful. I use them to transfer photos, music, documents to my friends and to always carry the programs I need with me. Yes, I can boast of having an office always available on my USB stick thanks to the portable software that I proceeded to insert on it. In this way I can open and manage PDF files, Word and various other types of documents without problems, I can manage e-mail, chat and whoever has more, all for free and simply by connecting my pendrive to the computer on duty, without having to download and install anything on the latter.

How do you say? Does this seem very interesting to you and would you like to be able to replicate everything on your pendrive? Well, if you want I can explain how to do it. With this guide of mine today I was in fact going to talk to you about the best portable programs for USB sticks for free. Position yourself therefore nice and comfortable in front of your trusted computer and read with the utmost attention everything reported in this article. Together we would find out what are the resources of the category that in my opinion you should consider to have everything you need always and in any case at hand, or better to say pendrive. This is mostly a “launcher” through which you can access non-install software on the fly that can meet the most diverse needs.

Come on then, let’s not waste any more time chatting and immediately start to get busy. I am sure that in the end you will be able to say that you are happy and satisfied with what you have learned and that even all your acquaintances, intrigued by the thing, will not hesitate to ask you for clarifications. Enjoy the reading!

winPenPacks

Let’s start this excursus among the best portable programs for free USB sticks talking about  winPenPack . As the name implies, it is a set of packages containing the most used Windows OS programs in a portable version for USB sticks. In this way, if they are not available on the computer in front of you, just insert your USB stick and use them without installation. The suite is available in various versions and all the software offered can be used through a special launcher, as I said at the beginning of the guide.

To use it, connect to  the winPenPack website and click on the [+] button next to the Application lists item  in the main menu on the left to open the menu with the different groupings of packages for your USB stick: there is the package  Essentials  with essential programs, the Full one   with all programs and the Personal one   with customized programs.

Click on the name of the package you prefer to see the programs contained in it in detail. If instead you want to compare the software of the various packages with each other, click on the word Comparative table always present in the menu on the left.

Once you have chosen your package, to download it to your computer so that you can then transfer it to your pendrive, click on the appropriate link under the name at the top of the page (eg  winPenPack Full [.zip] ) then press on the button with the blue arrow pointing down which is at the top right of the new page that has opened and, in response to the warning you see appearing on the screen, click on OK .

When the download is complete, connect your USB stick to the PC and then drag the downloaded ZIP archive inside, extract it and open the obtained .exe file. You will therefore see the winPenPack launcher appear (which is shown automatically on Windows every time the pendrive is connected if the AutoPlay function is enabled) in the part above the Windows notification area to which you can add programs part of the downloaded package by right clicking in an empty spot on the List tab of the same, choosing the Install Software item and selecting the reference program from the winPnPack folder extracted previously.

Portable programs for free USB sticks

Once the installation is complete, the program will be added to the launcher and you can start it simply by double-clicking on it. If you have installed many programs and cannot find what you need, you can access the launcher Search tab and type the name of the reference software in the appropriate search field. If you want, you can also organize the programs into categories by creating the ones you prefer after right clicking in an empty spot on the List tab and then choosing the Add category option .

Portable programs for free USB sticks

Using the Stats tab attached to the launcher window, you can instead view the information relating to the system in use, the space occupied on the key and the free space as well as the number of programs added. If, on the other hand, you want to adjust the use settings of winPenPack, you must right-click on its icon added to the notification area and then press the Option item in the menu that appears.

If instead of downloading the complete package with all the software you prefer to download the individual programs, visit this Web page , click on the name of the category and on the name of any subcategory of your interest, then on the name of the software you want to download, on the button with the blue down arrow that is at the top left and OK , in response to the warning you see appearing on the screen.

Portable programs for free USB sticks

PortableApps

The suite of portable programs for pendrives that I told you about in the previous lines has not convinced you in a particular way and are you looking for an alternative solution? Then I strongly suggest that you take a look at  PortableApps . This is a menu to be copied to a USB stick through which it is possible to access a vast archive of free non-install programs for Windows, very popular and capable of fulfilling the most varied needs.

To use it on your pendrive, first connect to the PortableApps download page and click on the Download button attached to it. When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained, select (if necessary) Italian from the drop-down menu for choosing the language in the window you see appear on the screen and click OK . Then press on Next and on Accept and then make sure it appears select the New installation option (and if not select it yourself) and click on Next again .

Portable programs for free USB sticks

Check now that the Portable option is checked (otherwise you always do) and click on Next, then connect your pendrive to the computer and, in the PortableApps installation window, click on Next first and then select the path related to the pendrive. Click again on Next , then on Install and to finish the setup presses on Finish .

Within a few moments PortableApps will therefore be started and you will see a new window appear on the screen through which you can select the portable programs that you intend to download to your pendrive. Choose the ones you are interested in by ticking the box next to their names and clicking Next . Wait therefore that the download procedure is started and completed and then presses on Finish and then on the Close button .

All the programs you have downloaded to your pendrive via PortableApps will be manageable and accessible through the appropriate menu that appears in the OS notification area which is automatically shown on Windows if the AutoPlay function is enabled (otherwise just access the key from Windows Explorer / File Explorer , select the pendrive and double click on the suite icon inside it).

Portable programs for free USB sticks

In the left part of the menu you will find the complete list of the various applications 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 the options and operation of PortableApps as well as the button to close the menu or to minimize it.

Don’t you want to download the launcher but only the individual programs of your interest? Then connected to this section of the PortableApps website, select the name of the reference program and press the button to download it on the page that opens. When the download is complete, connect your stick to your computer and transfer the .exe file obtained on it, then start it by double-clicking on it.

Portable programs for free USB sticks

LiberKey

Another solution belonging to the category in question that in my opinion you should consider is LiberKey . This is a free platform which, once copied onto the USB stick, allows access to a vast archive of portable applications divided into suites. Just select the favorite one to copy on the pen and it’s done. Even in this case, everything can be managed through a special launcher.

To use it, first connect to the LiberKey download page and then click on the Download button at the top right to download the file for managing the programs to be added to the pendrive and the launcher. When the download is complete, start the .exe file obtained.

In the window that opens on the desktop, click the Next button , select the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and click Next again twice in a row. Then click on Browse … , select your pendrive as the position and then click on Next and then on Yes . Press again on Next, first removing the check to create a shortcut to LiberKey on the desktop, then on Install and to conclude press on Finish .

Portable programs for free USB sticks

Now, click on the Download the list of suites available button in the on-screen pop-up window to view the list of the various portable programs available. Select the suite you prefer from the list above choosing between Basic , Standard or Ultimate , check if among the programs offered there is something you do not care about and if so remove the check from the relevant box then click on the Install all applications button of the selected suite .

Portable programs for free USB sticks

Once the procedure is complete, you can access the various programs from the LiberKey menu above the notification area that is automatically shown on Windows if the AutoPlay function is enabled (otherwise just access the stick from Windows Explorer / File Explorer and, select the pendrive and double click on the suite icon inside it).

In the left part of the menu you will find a list of all the software organized by categories, by preferences and by opening date and the search bar to find what you need on the fly. On the right there are the buttons to quickly 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.

If you are not interested in downloading the launcher for the pendrive but you want to download the individual programs, connected to this other page on the LiberKey website, click on the name of the software you are interested in, press the download button on the new page. Web that opens and, when the download is complete, connect your pendrive to the computer and transfer the .exe file obtained on the stick and then start it by double-clicking on it.

Portable programs for free USB sticks

Other portable programs for free USB sticks

The above solutions have not convinced you in a particular way and are you looking for additional portable programs for USB sticks to download and use for free? Then the advice I can give you is to try  SySmenu  and the programs you find on the PStart site  nowThese are two collections that include only open source software. They are available in Italian and can be used on all Windows operating systems.

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Are you then you usually connect your USB stick to Apple brand computers, which is why you would like to have at your disposal programs compatible with the “bitten apple” operating system, I suggest you try  Zero Install . If instead you are looking for something specific for macOS but the idea of ​​resorting to the use of a launcher does not convince you in a particular way, I invite you to go to the FreeSMUG site where you can find some of the most popular applications ever in a portable version for Mac, in fact.