| By Mark Edwards |
Portable applications are very handy, because you can copy them onto a USB storage device and use them on whatever PC may be handy.
This week, I’ll tell you about a free tool that lets you to turn Windows XP into a portable operating system.
MojoPac puts Windows XP on a thumb drive
I recently came across an extremely cool tool that apparently has been around a while but, for whatever reason, I hadn’t become aware of it. The tool, MojoPac, makes Windows XP completely portable. This means you can run the operating system from a thumb drive or nearly any other USB storage device!
The way it works is fairly simple: You connect your storage device to a PC, download MojoPac onto the device, launch MojoPac, and walk through a simple configuration process. (Ideally, your device will behave like a fast, external hard drive — many iPods fit the bill. Also, the computer you use must be able to boot from whichever USB port you may employ.) You can then copy into MojoPac any applications you want to include on your portable XP desktop.
From that point on, when you connect your drive to a PC, MojoPac runs Windows XP as a standalone operating system that doesn’t affect the computer’s OS. Even better, you’ll be able to switch back and forth between the instance of XP that’s running via MojoPac and the copy of Windows that’s installed on the computer you’re physically using.
To get a close look at MojoPac in action, head over to the MojoPac Web site and view the demonstration videos. If you already know about MojoPac, perhaps what you dodn’t know is that RingCube Technologies (the Santa Clara-based company that created the tool) released on Oct. 2 a free version of MojoPac, called MojoPac Freedom. So go get a copy and try it out!
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