Portable Start Menu v3.5

billon on 6 Apr 2017
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by USB_Kx

Portable Start Menu is a program launcher that allows you to organize your programs via a simple menu system and launch them through a tray icon. If you are running from an USB memory stick, Portable Start Menu can be configured to automatically close all launched applications when it terminates.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Launch psmenu.exe
Similar/alternative apps: ASuite, PStart, SyMenu
What's new?
  • Improved:
    • Better compatibility with 32/64bit system when starting certain applications.
  • Fixed:
    • Program icons were not displayed under certain circumstances when scaling was larger than 100%;
    • Entered applications could not be launched on some systems;
    • Ejecting an USB stick could cause the error message "Missing file psmstart.exe".
  • Smaller fixes/improvements.

37 comments on Portable Start Menu  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Webfork 2007-10-02 22:21

A welcome addition but not quite there yet in comparison to the major program manager Pstart.

I love that it checks to see if applications have changed to help avoid viruses but the lack of drag-and-drop program addition makes adding all my portable files a tedious process. For this reason, Pstart still has a pretty strong pull, even if its submenu system requires tweaking.

Great progress, though. Wonderful to see a program of this quality to help unify the wealth of portable software out there.

USB_Kx 2007-10-03 02:23

drag and drop support would be nice. esp if the number of apps in your portable device increases.

lets all email the author about it.

Rob 2007-10-03 05:59

I saw that you can also enter absolute drive letters, they will automatically be changed if the drive letter changes. Look at the psmenu.xml file, all drive letters are stored as $ internally.

So for example "K:\docs\personal\work.doc" works, too.

The "Close all running apps functionality" is excellent!!!!!

tryforsure 2007-11-13 08:23

be careful when it asks to create an autorun file. This application deleted my old autorun.inf when i ran it. My entries, from my own autorun.inf, have not been imported to the new setup and no backup option was made available.

brenden long 2007-11-13 23:41

its too tedious to add items to portable start menu. i have about 100 portable apps and there's no bulk import utility that i could find. until you can automatically add apps try open menu plus or pstart.

Mosh Mosh 2007-12-31 15:56

brenden long Yea it can get tedious But I kinda enjoy setting it all up.Took me a few hours to do but I didnt think it was a Big deal.Unless your just Impatient Like alot of folks.Ha ha.

USB_Kx 2008-01-07 00:44

To be fair, not everyone has as much free time as others. Not a "Ha.Ha" matter.

Annie 2008-01-16 11:11

no dummy here, but I like this app!
I tried about 15 diff.usb launchers on the web and stumbled thru a few, this was effortless. Now just plug it in and go.

An exceptional program, I guess we all have our wants and desires and need to find it out there on the web. For me, this is perfect for my XP machines.

NunoB 2008-02-28 14:11

What about a hotkey to show the panel?

Midas 2008-02-29 03:23

FastLaucher coupled with PStart does it for me. But I'll check this one: one can't get too much easy access...

Hephaestus 2008-03-15 17:21

I love PSMenu it's fast and supports autorun which is very handy, it also has small icons, and supports as many folder deep as you want to go (usefull when you have 150 odd apps in your collection) v1.3 lets you set up "applications" that open folders in file explorer. Previously I had written an AutoIt script to do this for me.

CrazyJohnny 2008-04-17 09:37

The only feature that was unique to PSM was the
"Closes running applications on USB-Sticks automatically"

It doesn't work on my applications at all... PStart and ASuite (maybe Geek.Menu) are still the best.

Midas 2008-06-05 03:55

Aignes has the obnoxious habit of encrypting their executables, which then get keys into your registry that the freewares won't really work without, and then passing annoying adds through their free stuff for the paid versions... I think I'll pass.

miam 2008-06-24 08:39

It eats about 9 Mb of RAM (for what?). The best solution I ever tried was just to create a folder with links to applications and put it in convinient place.

surfer 2008-08-13 00:20

I like the general appearance of PStart and the way shortcuts can be added by drag and drop. But the reason I'm not using it is because its xml configuration file gets corrupted. I know that a backup of xml configuration file should be kept but the program has proved itself to be unreliable.

For this reason I prefer Portable Start Menu, even though I don't like it's non-support of drag-n-drop or even it's appearance.

Midas 2008-09-30 05:49


Fast Launcher (http://www.dvasoft.com/fast_launcher/) does Drag'n'Drop real easy and it really is portable -- altough it might not be stealth, I haven't checked...

tony 2008-10-08 01:15

installer requires admin rights.

silly, because most stuff I want to run from my USB stick because our IT department wont let me install it.

Sailor 2009-03-02 03:35

I discover a very similar program that has some of the required features (drag'n'drop, shortcut..). It only needs .NET framewor to work.
It's here http://www.ugmfree.it/SyMenuDownload.aspx

Tuan 2009-05-25 06:33

This program is great, lots of nifty little things, such as drive letter in systray, it will attempt to close all application before eject the disk, the other good thing is it also allows you to start any windows program as well as storing bookmarks. It doesn't have the Drag-n-Drop function, but it will scan for all executables and put it in a particular folder so you can delete out the ones you don't want. As for the bookmark stuff, it is rudimentary, not a bookmark manager but it will do.
I reckon if it adds drag-n-drop and allows for import and organise of bookmarks, it will be close to perfect, at least for me anyway.

Lyndon 2009-11-25 01:29

I can't get this to run, perhaps it is not compatable with Windows 7 ?
I tried compatability mode (emulating winXP) but still no joy.
Anyone else had this issue?

Doug 2009-11-25 21:30

I'm running Windows 7 and am not having any issues. I love this launcher and am glad they came out with a new version. I can't find another launcher I like more!

pippozzo 2009-11-26 10:44

I would love one single feature over any other: monitor my Portable folder for changes, so if I add/remove/modify programs, it reflect changes in the menu.
Do you know any??

TGR 2009-11-26 21:28

Why do portable aps need an installer, worse still WHY DO PORTABLE APS NEED ADMIN RIGHTS TO INSTALL

Jbting 2009-11-27 20:08

why are you guys complaining about the installer when you can just extract it?

TGR 2009-11-28 06:24

tried extracting as you suggested
did not work, so I think I am reasonable is restating my original comment
Why do portable aps need an installer, worse still WHY DO PORTABLE APS NEED ADMIN RIGHTS TO INSTALL

Ted 2009-11-30 08:59

No drag & drop? I've been dragging and dropping to this software for years. It's simple, works well, and is a better option for me than Pstart. By the way, I live on Planet Earth.

Midas 2009-12-04 23:40

My previous comments still apply. I reckon that Appetizer looks rather promising...

Aiadi 2010-03-11 17:50

Shame that the menu does not disappear when the mouse is moved away without clicking on any application (i.e. if you open the menu by clicking the tray icon and then deciding not to start any application due to change of mind and then moving the cursor away). It is otherwise a good one but I think that this handicap will stop me using it....

Ted Taylor 2010-03-12 07:32

What downloads is not a ZIP FILE but an application file. This will not allow me to install to a portable drive! Bit of a cock-up, you might think.

snr-4-me 2010-06-03 02:42

whilst i agree with the 'why do portable apps need an installer' sentiment, there's 2 issues you are mixing up.
1. portable means [supposedly] take this app. to whichever compatible computing device and
2. if that computing device is not managed, you'd probably be able to run that app too.
However, if the computing device is in a managed scenario [like a uni. network or similar], then your software doesn't itself spontaneously bypass nor override security settings put in place by the IT management.

just because you have portable apps. doesnt equate to you being omnipotent on any given managed computing device.

Mark Del 2011-03-15 13:37

An excellent program launcher but it has one critical flaw. It doesn't seem to be able to launch an app with admin rights, which is a major flaw in Vista and 7. Unless I missed something?


TP109 2011-12-14 21:03

Great app. Been using this for awhile and I haven't experienced any of the problems indicated here. Very light on resources even with over 250 entries. No problem with drag and drop and the menu disappears normally if no menu item is selected just by clicking outside the interface. True, it can't launch apps with admin rights, but it's not a big issue on Vista with UAC disabled or going to the app folder and launching directly using RAA.


bok4600 2012-03-19 17:02

love this app


Technomancer 2013-11-03 19:02

I've been using this app on 2 or 3 of my PenDrives. It's really user friendly and intuitive. One of the great features is that it ejects my drive(s) easily where other 'disk ejectors' don't manage to.


starshakur 2017-04-05 12:36

There's no 64-bit version...


billon 2017-04-06 02:50

@starshakur, @Orca:
because it's work on 64-bit
there are psmstart32.exe for launching 32-bit programs and psmstart.exe - for 64-bit


starshakur 2017-04-06 16:56

psmstart.exe may be essential to launch 64-bit applications (psmenu.exe doesn't start with either missing), but that doesn't change the fact that psmenu.exe is a 32-bit application.


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