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Cherbox v2.6

webfork on 14 Sep 2017
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Dec 2011
  • Suggested by I am Baas

Cherbox (formerly BBox) unites several different components including a program launcher, file organizer, as well as bookmark management and password manager tool. The window allows you to organize elements into drag-and-drop categories and hierarchical grouping to reduce clutter.

Note: The program has an internal password generator and can be password-protected.

Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch CherBox.exe.
What's new?
  • fixed bug: “Underline” setting invalid
  • Added support docs
Latest comments
Midas on 2011-11-07 14:46

@CB13RY: from my quick checking, it seems that if you run the portable version once, it creates a 'Settings.ini' file in the application folder; you can edit this file with any text editor to change the paths included -- I was able to change from absolute path to filename only...

Midas on 2011-11-07 14:47

BTW, current version is now 2.3 -- please update.

lautrepay on 2011-11-08 01:29

@Midas: Updated, thanks.

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Lacuna Launcher v1.0.0

webfork on 20 Nov 2015
  • 462KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Dec 2008
  • Suggested by lautrepay

Lacuna Launcher uses a single shortcut with a list of files to open all at once. Applications (.exe), shortcuts (.lnk), internet shortcuts (.url), images, music, movies, etc.

Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware (Donationware)
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Open the included list.txt file in a text editor and make a list with the paths to files you want to open, placing one per line (no limit)
  3. Launch ll.exe
Programs start in the same order that they appear in the list

Note: Command-line options are available to give you more control over timing of the launches and the ability to create multiple lists and specify which you would like to use. To launch files with command line parameters, create a shortcut with the parameters set, and use the path to the shortcut file (.lnk) in the list, instead of a direct path to the application.
Similar/alternative apps: Splat
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jonezrin on 2012-05-10 14:38

Been using this app for a few years and it's great. I work part time at 3 different jobs and have a list created for each office. Run the appropriate command line first thing in the morning and all the programs/files I need for the day are loaded and ready to go.

Joe on 2015-02-02 14:35

A good simple alternative to Splat if you are only interested in launching programs.

You can create separate lists for programs you want to launch together, e.g. one for office work, one for graphic design, etc, etc. You can create a list of all your favorite programs and make them start with Windows. Does not remain open or resident in memory once all programs are launched.

Altogether a very useful program.

Tested and works in Windows 8.1 x64 too.

TP109 on 2015-11-17 01:33

Very useful and simple tool for launching programs, opening folders, URLs, etc. with a shortcut. Launch lists use a text file so it's super easy to modify lists quickly and easily with the default txt editor.

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8start Launcher v3.0

billon on 8 Mar 2019
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jun 2011
  • Suggested by Andy Goh

8start Launcher is an application launcher that organizes shortcuts into groups and categories. It can be accessed via the system tray, user-defined hotkey or middle mouse button, and helps to keep your desktop clean. It is fully-skinnable with transparent PNG support.

NOTE: Website is down, linking to

Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch 8start.exe.
What's new?
  • Drag and drop feature added. You can add in the button easily by drag the icon from Desktop, Start Menu, Windows Explorer and even Browser.
Latest comments
JSSSX on 2019-08-28 08:12

For those in the same case where 8Start cannot launch anymore :
- You must uninstall the very last windows update KB4512508 and suspend windows updates.

Not the big deal, but you can still have it working for a few months.

Also, check LaunchBar Commander from DonationCoder, it seems the best alternative.

JSSSX on 2019-08-29 06:34

Last detail :
invalid procedure call error is brought to almost all VB6 apps since the last Windows 10 Update KB4512508

With some luck, there will be a fix and 8Start would come back to life then, but when ?...

JSSSX on 2019-09-01 02:56

KB4512941 is out on 30th of August and fixing VB6 issues, should fix 8start start up as well.

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Svift v1.1

joby_toss on 7 Dec 2014

Svift is a lightweight application launcher. Type a few letters to find applications on your Start menu or access online services such as search and email.

Runs on: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Svift.exe.
What's new? v1.1

By popular request from Svift users under Windows 7, the shortcut key has been changed from Win+Space (which conflicted with Aero Peek) to Win+Enter.
Latest comments
freakazoid on 2011-04-18 05:08

It appears that you can't. It's a simple launcher that parses your Start Menu. Can configure some websites as well, but that appears to be it.

Emka on 2014-12-06 14:32

links broken

Midas on 2014-12-07 15:48

Site and download links have been removed by author.

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JauntePE v0.6.0 Alpha

webfork on 21 Mar 2020
  • 799KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Jun 2011
  • Suggested by redllar

JauntePE is a suite of tools that allows you to make applications portable by virtualizing access to the filesystem and registry.

For discussion and support, please visit JauntPE Sourceforge web forum or our two JauntPE dedicated forums -- JauntePE Discussion and JauntePE Launchers.

Runs on: Win98 / WinME / Win2K / WinXP
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GPL v3
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch JauntePE.exe.
What's new?
  • At redllar's request, I have updated this entry to point to the latest version of JauntePE and its new home/forum at
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rbon on 2014-09-18 15:22

Portable JauntePE 0.6.6 Beta
- web site:
- download page:
- direct download:
The link above download the file and if You unzip it and see changelog.txt:
- gui's file version to 0.6.4
- runtime's file version to 0.6.6
Author is Redlar.

olliebean on 2016-01-01 17:19

Seems like this doesn't work any more in Windows 10. Although apps portablised using it in previous versions of Windows still seem to work OK.

Key Liune on 2018-10-10 11:53

JauntePE downloaded, just want to try it) I am a fan of portable apps!!!
I have experience Molbox, but this is no longer supported. Then he switched to Boxedapp. These programs are very cool!

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