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μStart v1.5.3

webfork on 7 Dec 2014
  • 148KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by Replika

uStart is a lightweight, minimalistic program launcher with a small program size and limited features (no drag and drop) but a very small program size.

Note: Although the homepage is in German, the program is in English.

Category:
Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application Folder
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch uStart.exe.
What's new? fixed some bugs in configuration and UI
Latest comments
hK on 2008-08-26 13:03

I replaced my U3 Launch-thingie with this. I've been a happier man ever since.. :)

PSquid on 2010-10-20 10:03

@a: "Most content of this web site is or will be in english language."
No need to use Google translate or anything like that.

Midas on 2012-11-13 14:34

Lean and mean x32 tray menu launcher, let down only by the lack of further development (seemingly ended in 2010) and drag'n'drop support -- uStart is a single 78 KB executable, and IMHO it's on par with PStart. Recommended.

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Launcher v2.1.0

webfork on 17 Oct 2014
  • 17MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Launcher is a personal shortcut manager that can launch files and programs. In "Manage Items" mode, it is possible to configure shortcuts by dragging files from an Explorer window and then dropping them into Launcher. Supports an unlimited number of user-defined subfolders and item shortcuts.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Category:
Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
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. Edit muc.ini to read:

    [Misc]
    DataAccess=app

  4. Launch one of the following based on your OS:
Win9x - NT: Launcher_32b_W9xNT4.exe
Win2000 and above (32-bit): Launcher_32b_W2K.exe
Any 64-bit: Launcher_64b_W2K.exe
What's new?
  • Some important bug fixes and improvements.
Latest comments
mehtuus on 2008-06-02 01:55

It should be noted that if you do not change the *default* settings for "Always show in system tray" (Preferences...>Miscellaneous), the program will add to your registry:
============================================================
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"MicroSys-Launcher"="***your path here***\Launcher.exe"

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-981525854-1381673208-3913934247-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"MicroSys-Launcher"="***your path here***\Launcher.exe"
============================================================

Upon closing, Launcher seems to always check your registry. If the box IS checked it will make sure that the above is in your registry. If the box is NOT checked it will make sure that the above is not in your registry.

P2011 on 2011-08-28 16:08

PStart is so much more portable, simple and focused to the task.

prizm1 on 2011-11-12 17:38

Portable Application Launcher includes all the features this launcher has plus many, many more.

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SE-TrayMenu v1.5.6

billon on 24 Apr 2018
  • 418KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 Nov 2013
  • Suggested by chadross

SE-TrayMenu provides quick access to most frequently used applications and system commands via a customizable popup menu. Add frequently used elements to your system tray including applications, installed programs, and links using drag and drop. Completely customizable view with lots of pre-defined layouts and color schemes, as well as global hotkeys.

Note: program development stopped.

Category:
Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: .NET Framework 2.0
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SE-TrayMenu.exe.
What's new?
  • Added support of keyboard navigation in opened tray menu.
  • Now links can be automatically sorted by name.
Latest comments
PAFuser on 2018-04-23 21:32

Website is a 404 error.

webfork on 2018-04-23 23:08

PAFuser: thanks, updated

billon on 2018-04-24 01:09

@PAFuser:
http://se-soft.com/lang/en/

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Portable Application Launcher v3.1.12.1

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 30MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by wirrerork

Portable Application Launcher organizes shortcuts into groups and categories. It's accessed via the system tray or user-defined hotkeys. Several styles and some languages are included. It can also be used as a portable desktop. PAL is capable of automatically installing PortableApps.com Format (PAF) applications, as well as many entries here on PortableFreeware. An included browser for downloading apps can be used with Universal Extractor and a simplistic updater module.

The program includes several extras not included in other launcher programs including favorites bar, "most-used apps" menu, file manager & search, simple RSS & iCal readers, timer, and more.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Note: Main site currently offline. Linking to Softpedia (thanks Baas).

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Launch.exe (for 32-bit OS) or Launchx64.exe (for 64-bit OS).
What's new?
  • 64bit-Version included.
  • Plugin: Heatmap (Java).
  • Spanish translation updated.
  • Improved Truecrypt support.
Latest comments
abc on 2013-01-20 19:45

Unfortunately the website and download links are not accessible: "403 Forbidden" and "404 Not found" errors.

ahaider7 on 2013-04-05 10:01

This is THE BEST portable launcher I have found so far with tons of features and customizations. Sadly, it looks like development has been discontinued. The website is down and there hasn't been an update since long :(

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Sh'elf v1.00.0013

webfork on 10 Nov 2019
  • 410KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Nov 2012
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Sh'elf is an on-demand window that functions just like your regular desktop, complete with drag-and-drop capability. Program supports relative (portable) paths for customizable image viewing, text editor, command shell, etc., as well as interface options such as stay-on-top and tray icon.

Good for alternate shells or quick access to another directory as an alternate desktop.

NOTE: Both 32 and 64-bit versions are contained in the download. Site offline, linking to softpedia and archive.org.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: MSVCRT.DLL (included by default on XP and above)
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch and then immediately close shelf32.exe or shelf64.exe
  3. Edit shelf.ini and change the following:

    convertlinks=TRUE
    savefolder=FALSE
    folder=..\


    Note: The Folder= setting may be set to any path (e.g. c:\mydesk, z:\network, etc.), but the above setting puts the desktop as the same directory that contains the Sh'elf program

  4. Launch and close shelf32.exe (for 32-bit OS) or shelf64.exe (for 64-bit OS)
Latest comments
SauceSqotch on 2011-05-25 15:13

This looked cool, but its not what I thought it was. the description is (partially) accurate, you can't move icons around via drag and drop, doesn't support custom background images, and only one window.

jessharpur on 2014-11-14 02:12

The download link gives an File Not Found error. There are now two separate zips, one for 32bit and one for 64.

webfork on 2014-11-16 18:55

jessharpur: updated, thanks for the note

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