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It’s time once again for our featured Movers and Shakers post. Each week we are taking one software category and listing the top ten most downloaded apps in it.

This week we are looking at portable applications. These are the apps that can be carried on a USB thumb drive and can be used on pretty much any computer.

  1. winPenPack Flash 1GB
  2. Weighing in at first place, raking in 13,696 downloads this week, is winPenPack 1GB. It is a suite of portable applications. It has over 100 useful shareware apps that will make your life easier carrying them around on a USB drive. This is a must for tech support guys like myself! We have mentioned similar portable app suites 4 Ways to Carry your PC on iPod or USB Thumbdrive 4 Ways to Carry your PC on iPod or USB Thumbdrive Read More on MakeUseOf before.

  3. Little Registry Cleaner Portable Edition
  4. Now we have all been in situations where we had to clean the registry on another person’s machine. In this situation you can run this registry cleaner to find and destroy obsolete registry entries.

  5. winPenPack Flash School
  6. Ah another winPenPack – this one is geared towards students. This pack comes with over 50 apps from 8 different categories all aimed at helping you learn and further your education. The categories are titled Computer, Geometry, Graphics and Drawing, Languages and Translators, Math, Music, Science and Utilities.

  7. Uninstall Expert
  8. For those pesky programs that leave behind remnants and other crap on your PC after uninstalling. If that iffy program you tried does not even have an uninstaller then Uninstall Expert is for you. It lets you run a deep scan and get rid of broken registry keys and files associated with the tool. Price: Free to try (7-day/12-use trial); $17.99 to buy.

  9. PackageFactory for U3
  10. Do you have a U3 enabled Flash Drive or Memory Stick? Have you ever wanted to customize your own applications to run on the U3 platform where you can plug your USB drive in and it launches the application living on it? Well this makes it SUPER easy to do and its free. Check it out.

  11. Skype Portable
  12. Can’t install apps and you need your Skype?  Do you use a lot of other people’s computers and want to bring Skype with you?  It works the same way as the normal Skype but in a portable package. Don’t leave home without it!  Before it was available officially, our very own Mark O’Neill had a write up on how to make Skype a portable app How To Make Skype a Portable App How To Make Skype a Portable App Read More .

  13. CodySafe
  14. There has been a lot of hub bub about Cody Safe. They say that you can use it to create a computer on a stick. After looking at it I say it is a way to create your own portable application suites and have a place to save the files you work on.

  15. CodySafe Admin Pack
  16. This is a pre-created CodySafe pack for network admins, IT specialists and anyone who needs to deal with other peoples computers. You get a suite of apps but it also lets you script them so you can add commands before/after running an app from the menu. This can let you run batch scripts or registry files so you don’t have to do it manually.

  17. winPenPack Flash Essential – Multilingual
  18. This one offers up support for our non-English speaking friends. This is made for a 512MB stick and has apps in 7 categories. They are Graphics, Internet, Multimedia, Security, System, Office, and Utilities. There are a few freeware and shareware apps in the genre and usually the most popular of the bunch i.e. Firefox, uTorrent, GIMP, ClamWin, Foxit, etc.

  19. FCleaner Portable
  20. FCleaner is similar to the above little registry cleaner due to the fact that it cleans your registry and supposedly speeds up your Windows computer.

Some of my favorite portable apps that have been featured on MakeUseOf in the past are:

NirLauncher NirLauncher - Awesome Portable Utilities To Have On Your Flash Drive NirLauncher - Awesome Portable Utilities To Have On Your Flash Drive Read More , Transfer Time Calculator How to Find out How Long Your File Transfer Will Take [Windows] How to Find out How Long Your File Transfer Will Take [Windows] Read More , Notepad 3 Windows Text Editors For Programmers 3 Windows Text Editors For Programmers Read More , Google Chrome Google Chrome - A New Chapter in Browser History? Google Chrome - A New Chapter in Browser History? Read More , Ccleaner Best Programs To Keep Your Computer Secure Best Programs To Keep Your Computer Secure Read More , Windirstat Visualize your Hard Drive Usage with WinDirStat Visualize your Hard Drive Usage with WinDirStat Read More , Format Factory 5 Easy-to-use Freeware Video Converters 5 Easy-to-use Freeware Video Converters Read More , Liberkey Liberkey: 200+ Portable Apps Wherever You Go [Windows] Liberkey: 200+ Portable Apps Wherever You Go [Windows] Read More , and SearchMyFiles SearchMyFiles lets you Search Windows without Leaving Traces SearchMyFiles lets you Search Windows without Leaving Traces Read More .

Thank you for your suggestions and let us know what you think of the new format – like it, love or hate it? Your comments keep shaping MakeUseOf and we appreciate it!

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  1. Brett
    April 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    "No need to get so defensive over a correction."

    He wasn't defensive absurdist. Welcome to the world of the internet and never being able to know ones tone of voice or reading body language. This also includes email.

  2. Vishnu
    March 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I use Liberkey. It has lot of applications to choose from..
    Expecting some comments on liberkey

  3. mike
    March 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Two great sites for free portable apps, in addition to Winpenpack, are portablefreeware.com and portableapps.com. My favorite portable programs are Universal Extractor, Passwordsafe(Twofish version), portable Firefox and Thunderbird, Pdf-Xchange viewer, FastStone Image Viewer, OpenOffice, and BoncEnc. Almost everything you need on a thumbdrive!!

  4. mike
    March 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Two great sites for free portable apps, in addition to Winpenpack, are portablefreeware.com and portableapps.com. My favorite portable programs are Universal Extractor, Passwordsafe(Twofish version), portable Firefox and Thunderbird, Pdf-Xchange viewer, FastStone Image Viewer, OpenOffice, and BoncEnc. Almost everything you need on a thumbdrive!!

  5. zandet2
    March 18, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Sorry Karl Gechlik,
    winPenPack has NO freeware, shareware or trial versions on his pack, but only "open source/GPL similar" software (note that open source is more than freeware http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source ).
    This choice was made to avoid limitations on the redistribution with the single software licenses.

    Thanks for your article.

    Zandet2
    winpenpack admin

    • Karl Gechlik
      March 18, 2010 at 7:53 am

      Thank you for the correction.

  6. zandet2
    March 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Sorry Karl Gechlik,
    winPenPack has NO freeware, shareware or trial versions on his pack, but only "open source/GPL similar" software (note that open source is more than freeware http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O... ).
    This choice was made to avoid limitations on the redistribution with the single software licenses.

    Thanks for your article.

    Zandet2
    winpenpack admin

  7. Karl Gechlik | AskTheAdmin.com
    March 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    It is a collection of freeware, shareware and trial applications. Look at the individual applications and here read this CNet review http://download.cnet.com/winPe...

    Shareware is still free DoDo41.

  8. DoDo41
    March 17, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Re: WinPenPack "... It has over 100 useful shareware apps ..."

    I don't think you're right ... as far as I know, all software included in any WinPenPack Suite is freeware, not shareware.

    From winpenpack.com: "WinPenPack is an applications environment of Free Software, modified for being run and used from pendrive USB or any removable device, without need of installation. It is a free and open source project managed by developers who offer their work freely."

    Please prove me wrong or correct.
    THX

    • Karl Gechlik | AskTheAdmin.com
      March 18, 2010 at 3:26 am

      It is a collection of freeware, shareware and trial applications. Look at the individual applications and here read this CNet review http://download.cnet.com/winPenPack-Flash-1GB/3000-18514_4-10751132.html.

      Shareware is still free DoDo41.

    • absurdist
      March 18, 2010 at 7:14 am

      "Shareware is still free DoDo41."

      Wow. I can't believe you're saying that. Shareware is definitely NOT free. Shareware is meant to be tried and, if liked, paid for. That's one reason I don't use it unless I'm ready to pay for it. That, and the fact that there are a plethora of freeware/public domain/open source packages out there which will handle pretty much any task I have on the computer. Packages like LiberKey and WinPenPack.

      BTW, Cnet's review says: "This collection of apps pulls together more than 100 useful shareware applications".

      The WinPenPack publisher's description says: "winPenPack Flash 2Gb is an applications environment of open source softwares, modified for being run and used from an USB pendrive, without need of installation."

      Having looked at the list of programs, the latter is the case. No need to get so defensive over a correction.

    • Karl Gechlik
      March 18, 2010 at 7:55 am

      You are correct after further investigation and the comment from Zandet2 I see that I was wrong my apologies.

    • Brett
      April 20, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      "No need to get so defensive over a correction."

      He wasn't defensive absurdist. Welcome to the world of the internet and never being able to know ones tone of voice or reading body language. This also includes email.

  9. DoDo41
    March 18, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Re: WinPenPack "... It has over 100 useful shareware apps ..."

    I don't think you're right ... as far as I know, all software included in any WinPenPack Suite is freeware, not shareware.

    From winpenpack.com: "WinPenPack is an applications environment of Free Software, modified for being run and used from pendrive USB or any removable device, without need of installation. It is a free and open source project managed by developers who offer their work freely."

    Please prove me wrong or correct.
    THX

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