InstallWatch and InstallRite are these good tools for making an application portable? Any advice please.....I would like to make MS Word portable
Depends on how you use them.
Installwatch is very handy if you just want to test a portables or a program for system leaks/changes or just want to know what exactly it is doing that you cant see.
It does this by taking system snapshots and recording changes made after an app is executed and closed.You can also export registry changes or just compare.Basically a good discovery tool.
Its very similar to Systracer and the like.
Installwatch is incorporated into InstallRite so thats really all you need.
InstallRite is an easy way to make "silent install" or just automated installs.
It takes a system snapshot..then records everything you do during the install of a program..then puts all the system changes into an "install kit"
So if you set a program the same way everytime then this just saves you time from filling in boxes and checking user agreements.
However you can also use it to glean registry "Tweaks" by taking a sys snapshot..change whatever..then instead of installing something just export the registry files.Edit the registry file accordingly and you have a custom reg Tweak.You have to be creative and it helps to be familiar with the system registry so that you know what you can and cannot exclude.
I use installrite to make silent install of programs I want to reduce in size cause after you install them you can slim them down to bare components,modify whatever you dont like, and even upx them and then build your installkit,
turning bloatware into reasonably sized installers.
Then run the new installer with JauntePE.exe to create a portable.