Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 28
  1. #1
    Super Moderator RetiredGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Manning, South Carolina
    Posts
    6,058
    Thanks
    196
    Thanked 765 Times in 699 Posts

    Lightbulb USB utility-drive project

    Hello All,

    I'm working on creating a USB thumb drive full of portable utilities to use in fixing Windows problems. I've already included:

    Now what are YOUR favorites. Remember these must be apps that DON'T require installation. Hopefully many loungers will find this thread useful.
    Last edited by RetiredGeek; 2011-07-27 at 16:26. Reason: Add links
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

    RG

    VBA Rules!

    My Systems: Desktop Specs
    Laptop Specs


  2. Subscribe to our Windows Secrets Newsletter - It's Free!

    Get our unique weekly Newsletter with tips and techniques, how to's and critical updates on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google, etc. Join our 480,000 subscribers!

    Excel 2013: The Missing Manual

    + Get this BONUS — free!

    Get the most of Excel! Learn about new features, basics of creating a new spreadsheet and using the infamous Ribbon in the first chapter of Excel 2013: The Missing Manual - Subscribe and download Chapter 1 for free!

  3. #2
    Plutonium Lounger Medico's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    12,625
    Thanks
    161
    Thanked 929 Times in 851 Posts
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


    Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.53 GHz Duo Core Intel CPU, 8 GB RAM, 320 GB HD
    Win 8 Pro (64 Bit), IE 10 (64 Bit)


    Complete PC Specs: By Speccy

  4. #3
    Super Moderator RetiredGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Manning, South Carolina
    Posts
    6,058
    Thanks
    196
    Thanked 765 Times in 699 Posts
    Ted,

    Thanks for the additions. That Nirsoft list is Long..... Any favorites?
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

    RG

    VBA Rules!

    My Systems: Desktop Specs
    Laptop Specs


  5. #4
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    St Louis, Missouri, USA
    Posts
    20,381
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 595 Times in 532 Posts
    See Sysinternals.

    Also, see WSCC which is a control panel you can use load and/or update the NirSoft and Sysinternals utilities.

    See Unlocker both 32-bit & 64-bit portable versions.

    As far as the NirSoft and Sysinternals utilities go I recommend you have them all. The Nirsoft utilities are about 16 MB on my 64-bit Windows 7 system. The Sysinternals utilities are about 32 MB. Not really bug enough to worry about.

    Joe

  6. #5
    Plutonium Lounger Medico's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    12,625
    Thanks
    161
    Thanked 929 Times in 851 Posts
    As Joe stated, there are many Nirsoft Utilities that can be helpful. I did read and use a procedure quite some time ago that combined the Nirsoft Utilities with I believe the Sysinternals into one package that I actually have on a flash drive. This may be a similar site to the Sysinternals package Joe mentions, but from a diff location.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


    Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.53 GHz Duo Core Intel CPU, 8 GB RAM, 320 GB HD
    Win 8 Pro (64 Bit), IE 10 (64 Bit)


    Complete PC Specs: By Speccy

  7. #6
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    St Louis, Missouri, USA
    Posts
    20,381
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 595 Times in 532 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    As Joe stated, there are many Nirsoft Utilities that can be helpful. I did read and use a procedure quite some time ago that combined the Nirsoft Utilities with I believe the Sysinternals into one package that I actually have on a flash drive. This may be a similar site to the Sysinternals package Joe mentions, but from a diff location.
    WSCC is not associated with Mircosoft or Sysinternals. It is a small, free portable program that I stumbled upon and thought I look at. I now have it several machines.

    Joe

  8. #7
    Super Moderator CLiNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    California & Arizona
    Posts
    5,391
    Thanks
    127
    Thanked 486 Times in 447 Posts
    Hard Drive Monitor v1.4
    CPUID
    HWMonitor v1.18.0
    myuninst v1.7.4.0
    TDSSKiller v2.5.3.0
    Startup Control Panel 2.8
    SpaceSniffer v1.1.2.0
    Copy of: Elevated Command Prompt

  9. #8
    Plutonium Lounger Medico's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    12,625
    Thanks
    161
    Thanked 929 Times in 851 Posts
    Portable Apps Platform RG, check this out.
    Last edited by Medico; 2011-07-29 at 01:07.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


    Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.53 GHz Duo Core Intel CPU, 8 GB RAM, 320 GB HD
    Win 8 Pro (64 Bit), IE 10 (64 Bit)


    Complete PC Specs: By Speccy

  10. #9
    Super Moderator RetiredGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Manning, South Carolina
    Posts
    6,058
    Thanks
    196
    Thanked 765 Times in 699 Posts
    Joe: Thanks for the link to WSCC that is really cool...loved it.
    CLiNT: Thanks for your list also...I use some of those but didn't know they had portable versions.

    This project is going well...thanks all!
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

    RG

    VBA Rules!

    My Systems: Desktop Specs
    Laptop Specs


  11. #10
    Bronze Lounger DrWho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    1,218
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked 162 Times in 126 Posts

    Cool

    Some security programs that are now available in portable versions are:

    Spybot Search & Destroy:http://portableapps.com/news/2011-01...portable_1.6.2
    run it from the Flash drive and get the latest updates, saved to the flash drive. Works GREAT!

    AVG : http://www.pendriveapps.com/avg-anti-virus-rescue-usb/
    Keep AVG's 'VCleaner' up to date by downloading new versions often.

    McAfee's "Stinger" http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/f...e-stinger.aspx

    Malwarebytes Portable: I don't have it yet, (maybe later) but there's a lot of talk about it here:
    http://www.filestube.com/m/malwarebytes+portable

    I know there are more, but that's what just came to mind.
    I have and use all three, and use them on suspect customers PC's when I'm out, on-site.

    Take a look!

    The Doctor

    PS: A neat thing about the portable "Spybot S&D" is that it can still download a list of bad web sites and pass that list off to the browsers, without being installed on the subject PC.
    That's the "Immunize" function. Which should always follow any update.
    Last edited by DrWho; 2011-08-01 at 11:53.
    Experience is truly the best teacher.

    Backup! Backup! Backup! GHOST Rocks!

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to DrWho For This Useful Post:

    RetiredGeek (2011-08-01)

  13. #11
    Super Moderator RetiredGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Manning, South Carolina
    Posts
    6,058
    Thanks
    196
    Thanked 765 Times in 699 Posts

    Current Project Progress

    To All a big thanks for your suggestions. I'm slowly plowing through them. Here is where I'm at so far:

    All NirSoft 32-bit Utilities loaded via WSCC {neat app}!
    The NirSoft 64-bit Utilities - this is a single .zip file download from the NirSoft site.
    The entire Sysinternals Suite loaded via WSCC also {I did say it was neat!}
    Revo Uninstaller Portable
    SIW Portable
    SpyBot S&D Portable
    CCleaner Portable
    McAfee Removal Tool {MCPR.exe}
    Norton Removal Tool
    PageDefrag 32-Bit

    Current usage on my 1Gb Flash Drive: 140Mb - Lots of room for more stuff.

    Keep those suggestions coming.

    Further updates to follow.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

    RG

    VBA Rules!

    My Systems: Desktop Specs
    Laptop Specs


  14. #12
    5 Star Lounger RussB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Posts
    657
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 38 Times in 37 Posts
    Along with several "Nirsoft" and "SysInternals" be sure to get a good "zip" app. (7zip portable), Picture viewer (irfanview), screenshot capture for documentation (lightscreen portable), pdf viewer (foxit reader portable), web browser, (Firefox portable), HEX Editor (Frhed Portable) and a second USBTD with the ability to boot to linux (LinuxLive USB Creator) is very handy in some cases. I use those in (parentheses).
    Do you "Believe"? Do you vote? Please Read:
    LEARN something today so you can TEACH something tomorrow.
    DETAIL in your question promotes DETAIL in my answer.
    Dominus Vobiscum <))>(

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to RussB For This Useful Post:

    RetiredGeek (2011-08-02)

  16. #13
    3 Star Lounger midnight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Almost Deep East Texas
    Posts
    352
    Thanks
    42
    Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
    This is wonderful information! When y'all are exhausted and can't think of any more, I hope someone will put it in list form for us to work from!!

    Many thanks.

    BJ

  17. #14
    Super Moderator RetiredGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Manning, South Carolina
    Posts
    6,058
    Thanks
    196
    Thanked 765 Times in 699 Posts
    BJ,

    That's the plan.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

    RG

    VBA Rules!

    My Systems: Desktop Specs
    Laptop Specs


  18. #15
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Ft Worth, Texas, USA
    Posts
    11
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    If you don't have it, *I* recommend USBCD4WIN (http://www.ubcd4win.com/). I've added so many utilities to it that I have to use a mini DVD-R, but it also has a built-in utility to create a bootable USB drive to run the utils. I also have that handy on a 1G USB drive. USBCD4WIN is based on BART's PE, so you will need access to the files to create the WIN-PE setup (instructions for creating the USB/CD/DVD are on the web page).

    Cheers,
    Phil

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •