It’s a program that you can use WITHOUT INSTALLATION! Yes! Just 1-click and it runs. They’re usually a single exe file, packed personally by me. You’ve really nothing to do, just download & use it with 1-click! Easy huh? Welcome to portable world 🙂
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A portable app is a program that doesn’t need installation – or activation usually. All is pre-configured and packed in a single ready-to-run executable, you just launch it and use the software. You can also put that executable wherever you want, in any folder, even on a removable USB stick, bringing your programs on any PC with ease – hence the name portable! It does not modify the host computer, as all configurations are saved into Sandbox folder near the main executable. Deleting that folder will reset the portable to ‘just-downloaded’ state, in case you messed up something.
It’s the easiest way to get a program and I’m sure you agree!
Despite how good this is, nothing is perfect. ‘Packing’ implicates some kind of virtualization, in fact a software is not born to be run on a USB drive or in any folder different than Program Files. That’s why virtualization is needed, the software runs in some kind of micro virtual machine, without the OS but only the program inside. It still has communication with host system of course, for example to open or save files outside Sandbox. It thinks it C: drive is Sandbox, while still being able to manage stuff outside it.
You may guess this is tricky, and it is indeed. Virtualization can have some problems, depending on how the virtualized software is programmed, or on the system version it runs on.
All portables I publish are made on latest Windows version available, and functionality is guaranteed only on that same version, despite there’s a big chance it also works on previous build of same Windows and even in previous Windows versions, depends again on how the software behaves.
Note that an installed version of the same software that is portabilized, or similar other programs, might – or might not – interfere with the functionality of the software. All you have to do is try.
General problems of virtualization are:
1. a little worse performance, depends again on the software, often you won’t notice it, but that’s why big games are not much useful and I don’t make them
2. if the portable starts and works, some secondary tool might misbehave a bit or even crash the software. That’s some hidden incompatibility, I can’t fully test each portable I make, if you find any just send me a notice, maybe I can help!
I can’t find a program that I want portable!
You can REQUEST it! See contact page! I’ll be happy to portabilize it for you asap, although I’m always quite busy.
E’ un programma che può essere eseguito senza installazione. Esatto! Basta un click e parte immediatamente. Di solito si presentano come un singolo file exe creato personalmente da me. A te non resta altro che scaricarlo, doppio click e funzionerà subito! Facile no? Benvenuto nel mondo dei portable.
Non sporcano il pc né il registro, hanno i propri file di configurazione affianco, nella stessa cartella dove sono salvati, invece che sparsi per il computer. Perciò li puoi mettere anche su una chiavetta USB e farli partire su qualsiasi PC, con tutti i tuoi file, le tue cronologie e le tue impostazioni: da qui la parola Portable!
Per il resto, la funzionalità è al 100% come quella di un programma installato 🙂
Non riesco a trovare un programma che mi piacerebbe avere portable!
Puoi sempre farne richiesta! Visita la pagina Contact Us e scrivimi pure in italiano, mi siete più simpatici ovviamente. Cercherò di soddisfare la tua richiesta anche se sono sempre molto impegnato. Sapete, ingegneria.
It’s easy! You need a program that lets you extract the files from the rar parts. This program is WinRAR and I have it, portable! get it here:https://thehouseofportable.com/32/winrar/ Once downloaded, open it, (optional: maybe set it as default for rar files through settings) and open the first part you downloaded, and extract the files in it. WinRAR will automatically extract from all the parts you downloaded (you must have them in the same folder)!
Password is thehouseofportable.com for latest portables (since ~2018), for older it’s thop+thop. Make sure to extract using winrar latest version, other softwares like 7zip may cause problems. Note: if you downloaded all archives, extract with latest winrar version 5.80+ and the extraction is successful, it means the files are good (no need to re-download or re-extract) E’ facile! Ti serve un programma che ti fa estrarre i file dalle parti rar che hai scaricato. Questo programma è WinRAR e noi l’abbiamo! scaricalo qui:https://thehouseofportable.com/32/winrar/ Quando l’hai scaricato, aprilo (opzionale: se vuoi puoi impostarlo come predefinito per aprire i file rar, nelle impostazioni) e apri la prima parte che hai scaricato, ed estrai i file da lì. WinRAR estrarrà da solo i file da tutte le parti che hai scaricato (ma devi averle nella stessa cartella)!
La password è sempre thehouseofportable.com per gli ultimi portable (dal ~2018), se non va per i più vecchi era thop+thop. Assicurati di estrarre con l’ultima versione di winrar e non altri software, cose come 7zip possono causare problemi, o persino chiedere la password quando in realtà non è richiesta.
I divide big files in multiple parts to allow users download easily (if it was 1 big part, the download can be interrupted easily and you’re fked up) and if we provide mirrors you can download more than one parts at a time, so even faster!
Divido i file pesanti in più parti per permettere agli utenti di scaricare più tranquilli (se fosse una parte sola, se succede che si interrompe dovete scaricare tutto di nuovo) e se riusciamo a mettere mirror, potete scaricare più di una parte contemporaneamente quindi ancora più veloce!
Maybe it’s down for a while, or maybe it has been blacked out by your governement. But it’s a simple dns obscuration! Here’s how to bypass it, on Windows 7-8-10. Google ‘how to change dns on ***’ if you have a different OS!
Start -> Control Panel
Choose Network and Internet and go to the Network and Sharing Center
Click on Change adapter settings
Right click on the network you’re using -> Properties
scroll down to Internet Protocol Version 4 and click on Properties
choose Use the following DNS server addresses and enter these: 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168
Click OK. Now do the same thing for Internet Protocol Version 6 and enter these: 2001:4860:4860::8888 and 2001:4860:4860::8844
ok ok ok exit and that’s it! you should see the website.
In italia è molto probabile che tu non riesca a vedere NowDownload o RapidGator. E ci credo, li hanno oscurati! (o anche altri siti) Ma è facile aggirare il blocco.. ecco come fare su Windows 7-8-10, se hai altri sistemi cerca su google ‘come cambiare i dns su..’ il tuo sistema operativo
Clicca su Start -> Pannello di Controllo -> Rete e Internet -> Centro connessioni di rete e condivisione
Clicca nella barra a sinistra Modifica impostazioni scheda
fai tasto destro sulla connessione che stai usando, e scegli Proprietà
scorri giù e scegli Protocollo Internet versione 4 e scegli Proprietà
scegli Utilizza i seguenti indirizzi server DNS e inserisci: 22.214.171.124 e 126.96.36.199
clicca OK. Fai la stessa cosa per Protocollo Internet versione 6 e inserisci: 2001:4860:4860::8888 e 2001:4860:4860::8844
ok ok ok, esci e per magia ora vedrai il sito che prima sembrava non esistere! 😀
!! A file is doesn’t exist (deleted) only if you read that it’s deleted. If you don’t see the website, that doesn’t mean it’s deleted. If you don’t see the website, go to point 4.
Unfortunately almost all hosts delete the files after 30 days if they’re not downloaded. This almost never happens, we’re popular enough! 😛 Another reason is that the file has infringed the copyright, so it was reported and then deleted. Don’t comment for deleted files, send us an email! I’ll reupload as I can, if I can, I’ve a life out there 🙂
Il file non esiste solo se c’è scritto e lo leggi che è stato cancellato. Se non vedi proprio il sito non vuol dire che è stato cancellato! Se non vedi il sito vai al punto 4.
Purtroppo quasi tutti gli host cancellano i file se non vengono scaricati per 30 giorni, anche se questo non succede quasi mai. Un’altra ragione può essere che il file ha infranto qualche misterioso copyright, è stato segnalato e in seguito cancellato. Non commentare se hanno cancellato un file, manda un’email! Cercherò di ricaricarlo come riesco, se riesco, eh già anch’io ho una vita ^^
(1) In the post: scroll to download table and the links at right are download links, select ‘Portable’ or ‘Setup’ format (if available), and version (latest is strongly recommended). Plugins are optional, in a different row and with different download links.
Once a row is selected, each link at right contains the same files but hosted on different websites, as you can’t download more than 1 file at a time from the same host (unless you have premium account). So having more ‘mirrors’ you can now make multiple downloads from different hosts and download faster. Click a link, then:
(3) After download: extract from first part using winrar (see step 2), and run the exe file. All is ready for you, no installation needed and nothing else, just use 🙂 portable magic!
At beginning of November 2018 I implemented a new method for links which is crazy easier for me instead of doing everything by hand.
If you’re still having issues, sorry 🙁 contact me in Contact page
6a. Downloading from binbox.io
(for old portables and for some multiple links) Show
binbox.io is a website where users can paste text. I use it to paste file links so in the blog’s posts we can post only 1 link instead of tons of links (and for some other security reasons).
When you go to a binbox.io link from our blog, you’ll probably see some ads, ignore them (but always remember that if you click ads, you will help everybody, and you lose nothing :). PASSWORD: The password that binbox asks you is included in the link itself, after the hash(#). It should bypass it automatically, but sometimes it doesn’t. So copy the part of the link after the # and paste it when it asks for it! you can also look at the picture below binbox.io è un sito dove puoi incollare del testo. Noi lo usiamo per incollare i link, così nei post del blog possiamo postare solo un link e non duemila (per i file a più parti) e anche per ragioni di sicurezza. Quando vai su un link di binbox.io dal nostro blog, probabilmente vedrai della pubblicità ma ignorala (ricorda comunque che se la clicchi aiuti tutti e tu non perdi nulla :). PASSWORD: la password che binbox ti chiede in realtà è già inclusa nel link che clicchi, ed è il pezzo dopo il cancelletto #. Dovrebbe funzionare automaticamente, senza che tu la debba inserire, ma se te la chiede, sai da dove prenderla!
7. Problems running a portable
Problemi a usare un portable
There can be many different problems with a portable software, and not all are solvable. You understand that programs are not born to be portable, so they not always work. I just publish those which do work for me, but may not work for everybody. Those which did not work for me were not published (such as famous Vegas (edit: made it!), Lumion, HitFilm, AdobeXD… You can search ‘Failed‘ in THOP Live page, or also see failed requests table in Request page). I try my best to make portables the most compatible possible, so always make sure to:
use latest available version of that portable (search for it on this website).
keep your system up to date through Windows Update. Windows 10 is not necessary but strongly recommended. (Keep in mind that Windows 7 is more than ten years old and it was ‘discontinued‘ by Microsoft on 14 January 2020! No more security updates, ever. If a new bug is found that can let evil nerds in, you will have it forever). Also, don’t wait for “Windows 11” to update your system – there won’t be any. Windows 10 will be the last one ever. So get it now 🙂
Common issue with an easy fix. Usually the missing file is in the format “_____XXX.dll” where XXX is a number like 100 or 140. This is just a generic Microsoft library missing, and to solve that you have to either install that library (official Microsoft link) or download a small .svm file made by me which should fix those errors (use this if you don’t have Admin access to install stuff)
If you have admin, I suggest you to install official Microsoft libraries:
If you don’t have admin, you can try downloading this little .svm file I made which contains all the dll mentioned above (ending with 3 numbers), put it next to main portable exe and run it again, read notes for more info.
If you have an error regarding something like api-ms-win-core-string-l1-1-0.dll, you’re in terrible danger because you’re using Windows 7, isn’t it? W7 is ten years old and will get discontinued on January 2020, please update. All portables are made on latest w10 and best functionality is on it. Also, don’t wait for “Windows 11” to update your system – there won’t be any. Windows 10 will be the last one ever. So get it now 🙂 For other dlls without a number, try looking on google (do NOT download the single dll, never do it!), or contact me for help. Most likely this is not solvable, portables are strange and not always like the system they run on. Of course the dll mentioned in the error is always included in the package, but sometimes somehow it fails to load in portable mode for obscure reasons. Make sure you stay updated with latest portable and windows versions.
You’re probably using a portable built before May 2019 and you’re running latest win10 update version 1903+. This new update broke these ‘old portables’ resulting in a blank execution (no errors). There are 3 possible solutions, explained here (also read description): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp4nKMOJfIE Note: maybe there’s a new portable version available for your program, always check and stay up to date, newer portables have this fixed. Future Windows updates may break things again, blame Bill.
7c. Other errors
Errors like 0x800704C7: this could be anything, but most of the times it happens for users on w10 Home version, and they fixed by upgrading to Pro version. You can find official Pro licenses on ebay for just $3, and upgrading is just like a normal update, no format or big installations needed.
Error “Memory could not be read“: strange IT stuff, most likely get fixed with a system reboot.
Error “Scratch disks are full“: pretty much explains itself, portable runs on a disk which is pretty much full, try a system reboot (usually solves) or copy portable to a disk that has at least like 30GB free. I guess this usually happens with Photoshop.
License errors: make sure you read release note.txt which is always included in every release and contains useful informations and details about what you downloaded. Sometimes portable needs activation, if so it’s explained there. If not explained, then something’s wrong. As stated in point 1 in this page, programs are not born to be portable so there can be issues. Usually license is kept in portable mode, sometimes it doesn’t like the new system (yes, yours) so it just doesn’t work. This is usually not solvable I’m sorry, there could be anything on your system that interferes. You may contact me for a chance of help. Otherwise please get Setup version which always works perfectly.
That said, if you really, really didn’t solve and need to contact me for help, NEVER SAY “IT DOESNT WORK PLZ HELP”, you have to provide as much information as possible so I can help you. If you don’t, I may get pissed and don’t even reply. Spend a minute to make my life easier, I receive many messages a day. Thanks!
Your splashscreen is ugly, how can I remove it?
Nope. You can’t. There are a lot of a-holes who steal my programs and post them elsewhere, or even sell them to make money over my work. I spend countless hours making these programs and keeping this website up, so at least the final user always knows who’s really behind it, and if they paid for them at least they feel dumb, because here on THOP it’s all FREE to download. Tip: clicking on the splashscreen makes it disappear instantly. Note: the splash doesn’t delay the startup in any way, it’s in parallel. Note: The only way to remove the splashscreen is with a complete rebuild from source, which I always delete. So it requires a complete remaking of the package. It’s possible, but it’s a special private request made only for you, so if you really want me to make it you have to donate.