Portable Skype (AKA sPortable)

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Re: Portable Skype (AKA sPortable)

#121 Post by JohnTHaller » Thu Nov 03, 2022 7:56 pm

freakazoid wrote:
Thu Nov 03, 2022 4:00 pm
Going to post this here since I do not have an account over at portableapps.com. Hopefully @JohnTHaller sees it.

sPortable 8.90.0.405 cannot be installed. I'm getting the following when running sPortable_8.90.0.405_online.paf.exe:
The publisher pulled it. We reverted to the previous version.
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Re: Portable Skype (AKA sPortable)

#122 Post by freakazoid » Fri Nov 04, 2022 11:15 am

JohnTHaller wrote:
Thu Nov 03, 2022 7:56 pm
freakazoid wrote:
Thu Nov 03, 2022 4:00 pm
Going to post this here since I do not have an account over at portableapps.com. Hopefully @JohnTHaller sees it.

sPortable 8.90.0.405 cannot be installed. I'm getting the following when running sPortable_8.90.0.405_online.paf.exe:
The publisher pulled it. We reverted to the previous version.
Thanks John. That worked after I wiped out my Data folder. Is it possible to prevent Skype from downloading the latest Skype-Setup.exe file to Data\SkypeData? This causes most of the issues for me as it asks to update Skype on next launch similar to webfork's screenshot a few posts up: viewtopic.php?p=88325#p88325
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Re: Portable Skype (AKA sPortable)

#123 Post by JohnTHaller » Sat Nov 05, 2022 7:05 am

freakazoid wrote:
Fri Nov 04, 2022 11:15 am
Thanks John. That worked after I wiped out my Data folder. Is it possible to prevent Skype from downloading the latest Skype-Setup.exe file to Data\SkypeData? This causes most of the issues for me as it asks to update Skype on next launch similar to webfork's screenshot a few posts up: viewtopic.php?p=88325#p88325
It's only possible at the system level with admin rights. So, no.
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Re: Portable Skype (AKA sPortable)

#124 Post by Midas » Sun Nov 06, 2022 1:43 pm

freakazoid wrote: Is it possible to prevent Skype from downloading the latest Skype-Setup.exe file to Data\SkypeData?

Have you tried placing a dummy 'Skype-Setup.exe' file there with read-only and system attributes set? :idea:

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Re: Portable Skype (AKA sPortable)

#125 Post by JohnTHaller » Mon Nov 07, 2022 12:59 pm

Midas wrote:
Sun Nov 06, 2022 1:43 pm
Have you tried placing a dummy 'Skype-Setup.exe' file there with read-only and system attributes set? :idea:
Good thought, though it didn't work. But it gave the a similar idea. Create a directory called Skype-Setup.exe within Data\SkypeData. This prevents it from downloading it. I've added code for this to the next release.
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Re: Portable Skype (AKA sPortable)

#126 Post by freakazoid » Mon Nov 07, 2022 1:19 pm

JohnTHaller wrote:
Mon Nov 07, 2022 12:59 pm
Midas wrote:
Sun Nov 06, 2022 1:43 pm
Have you tried placing a dummy 'Skype-Setup.exe' file there with read-only and system attributes set? :idea:
Good thought, though it didn't work. But it gave the a similar idea. Create a directory called Skype-Setup.exe within Data\SkypeData. This prevents it from downloading it. I've added code for this to the next release.
Sweet! Thanks for the input, Midas, and to John for implementing the fix.
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Re: Portable Skype (AKA sPortable)

#127 Post by Midas » Tue Nov 08, 2022 2:57 am

Nice. 8)

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Re: Portable Skype (AKA sPortable)

#128 Post by freakazoid » Fri Nov 11, 2022 1:10 pm

A new version of Skype is out (v8.90.0.407), so Skype was asking to update again on launch.

This gave me an opportunity to try the Data\SkypeData\Skype-Setup.exe\ directory workaround that John mentioned (with an assist from Midas!). After I purged my Data\ folder and logged into Skype again, Skype no longer auto-downloads the Skype-Setup.exe file.

Perfect! :mrgreen:
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Re: Portable Skype (AKA sPortable)

#129 Post by JohnTHaller » Sat Nov 12, 2022 10:41 am

JohnTHaller wrote:
Mon Nov 07, 2022 12:59 pm
Good thought, though it didn't work. But it gave the a similar idea. Create a directory called Skype-Setup.exe within Data\SkypeData. This prevents it from downloading it. I've added code for this to the next release.
This is now incorporated into sPortable with today's 8.90.0.407 release. It will be handled for existing installs when upgrading as well.
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