allright SYSTEM so can you show us a list of poular portable freewares you actually use
actually use" means "me", not "us", here is a quite accurate list of portable programs I use, sorted by popularity:http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?q=%5BSYSTEM%5D&so=p
Personally , I hope that members of Portablefreeware forums work together to create a bootable freeware cd which can be used to troubleshoot the system and can be run on any operating system.
this cd may contain many different freeware utilities such as disc , tweaking , office , security ...
(the same way like hiren bootcd)
Most live CDs I know are Linux-based because GNU/Linux can be redistributed and is open source (it's much easier to get hosting if the project is open source).
I have multiple partitions in my external hard drive. One partition contains a GNU/Linux distribution and another holds my collection of portable applications. I rarely boot from that drive: doing so has too few advantages. (The most important advantage is ability to run software as root
.) In addition, I've noticed that many good applications are only available for Windows.
There are situations which require a live CD, but they're rare. That is, portable applications are used every day while a live CD is (hopefully) used very rarely. Both are needed but combining them isn't a good idea, at least not yet.
If you only want to use live CD "to troubleshoot the system" and other admin tasks, check out the link in my signature.
(No, I'm not the author of that project, just the documentation writer.)