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emergeDesktop

#1 Post by computerfreaker » Tue May 24, 2011 2:47 pm

Program: emergeDesktop
Website: http://emergedesktop.org/
Download link: http://emergedesktop.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1271 (note: this is the general releases news thread; the actual download link for each release is in its own release thread, linked to in the general releases thread)
Description: emergeDesktop is a replacement windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above.
Stealth: Yes

Added to the database: http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2103

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Re: emergeDesktop

#2 Post by webfork » Wed May 25, 2011 10:52 am

Many users are complaining that this program is not stealth:

http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2103

and that both files and folders are created makes me wonder if settings aren't saved to AppData.
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Re: emergeDesktop

#3 Post by guinness » Wed May 25, 2011 11:10 am

Tested: Portable (on Win XP SP3)

It should be noted that nothing is written to portable.xml.
Added 179 Applications: Portable

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Re: emergeDesktop

#4 Post by webfork » Wed May 25, 2011 12:24 pm

guinness wrote:Tested: Portable
Thanks guinness.
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Re: emergeDesktop

#5 Post by computerfreaker » Wed May 25, 2011 1:45 pm

webfork wrote:Many users are complaining that this program is not stealth:

http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2103

and that both files and folders are created makes me wonder if settings aren't saved to AppData.
I answered them under my non-logged-in alias "sandman", but had to log on to answer this... emergeDesktop is portable after you create portable.xml. It only saves settings to %AppData% in the absence of this file.
guinness wrote:Tested: Portable (on Win XP SP3)

It should be noted that nothing is written to portable.xml.
Thanks.

portable.xml is a placeholder, an instruction for eD to drop into portable mode. When the file is blank, eD will save settings in its application folder. If you want to put eD in PortableApps Format (as I'll be doing soon), you can use an undocumented feature: put this in portable.xml and it'll save settings to ..\..\Data\Emerge Desktop.

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes" ?>
<Portable>
    <PAF>true</PAF>
</Portable>


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Re: emergeDesktop

#6 Post by webfork » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:34 pm

Old thread update: running on Win7x86 did not come with good results. Toolbars are offset and it automatically shows everything in the tray menu even if you had some items hidden. If you have a lot of tray elements, that's a lot of screen real estate.

Because turning off the program requires a reboot, I'm a little confused why this was accepted as portable but it's a few years too late to recheck the test.

To disable the program:

By right clicking anywhere on the desktop (i.e. the background image or area) you will get a menu. Under the Settings menu, select the Change Desktop Shell option, and from the drop list select Windows Explorer and click on Change. Reboot or logoff to restart Windows, now with Explorer as shell.
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