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HWiNFO v8.04 Updated

Andrew Lee on 13 Jun 2024
  • 12MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by Baas

HWiNFO is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tool supporting latest components, industry technologies and standards. Includes system health monitoring (Thermal, Voltage, Fan, Power), basic benchmarks and multiple report formats (text, CSV, XML, HTML, MHTML).

Category:
Runs on:Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch HWiNFO32.exe or HWiNFO64.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: SIV
What's new? See: https://www.hwinfo.com/version-history/
Latest comments
DarkShadow on 2016-02-09 12:39

v5.20 (2016-02-09) released !

MIKLO on 2018-03-10 10:27

Very nice, this software will give all the info you could ever want, at least 4me :)Thanks to the maker for all the hard work to bring us this FREE software to use.
MIKLO

DzejPy on 2023-10-15 06:13

From version 7 (2021-03-09) there are more licenses:
HWINFO 32 and DOS is freeware
HWINFO64 is freeware for personal and non-commercial use - for other uses there is the HWINFO64Pro version
see: https://www.hwinfo.com/download/ or https://www.hwinfo.com/version-history/

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Windows System Control Center v7.0.9.03 Updated

Ennovy on 12 Jun 2024
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by joby_toss

Windows System Control Center (WSCC) allows you to install, update, execute and organize the utilities from various system utility suites. The program either works as an interface or as downloader. The program can work with both utilities suites downloaded or can dynamically grab and run the programs via a web connection. The included Update Manager can check for newer versions of the utilities already installed and can download and install the missing items.

Works with Windows Sysinternals and NirSoft Utilities suites, but also highlights Windows' own utilities.

Note: The setup packages are downloaded from the author's website.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder and Windows registry (Sysinternals utilities)
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch wscc.exe.
What's new? See: https://kls-soft.com/wscc/history.php
Latest comments
AndTheWolf on 2022-12-10 21:08

Now at version 7.0.5.3

AndTheWolf on 2023-11-11 13:54

Now at version 7.0.7.3

jenss on 2024-01-01 04:50

Now at version 7.0.7.5

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Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition v127.0 Updated

Ennovy on 12 Jun 2024
  • 459MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by Eu Gene Lim

Firefox Browser is a fast, powerful and secure web browser that supports open standards and many of the latest web technologies. The program includes smart search, bookmark management, web development tools and built-in download manager. Smart content blocking for ads and trackers is available in both standard and private browsing modes.

Versions available for Mac, Android, iOS and Linux with synchronisation of passwords and browser state across devices. Additional features and customisations are available via the add-on system, which allows for thousands of specialized functions.

Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition is a special build licensed by Mozilla and includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit builds and selects the appropriate one for each PC. Beta, Developer, Extended Release, and Win 7/8/8.1 and XP/Vista versions are also available.

Category:
Runs on:Win10 / Win11 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Launcher: GPL, Program: MPL v. 2.0
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FirefoxPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Pale Moon Portable, SeaMonkey Portable
What's new? See: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/releasenotes/
Latest comments
PAFuser on 2020-06-11 12:24

64 bit system: save 181 MB by deleting firefox folder, and renaming firefox64 to firefox. Beta, standard, and ESR work fine.

AndTheWolf on 2022-09-22 14:45

Now at version 105

AndTheWolf on 2024-03-21 14:28

Now at version 124.0

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HTTP Downloader v1.0.6.0 Updated

Ennovy on 10 Jun 2024
  • 625KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by smaragdus

HTTP Downloader is tiny and light, high-performance, multi-part download manager that offers browser integration via extensions (available for Chromium and Firefox browsers). It supports FTP, pause and resume, drag and drop; URL drop window, download history (export and import), system tray (minimize to tray, close to tray, add URL(s) from tray), always on top, thread pool count, SSL/TLS, proxy and more.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: [url= GPLv3[/url]
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty file and name it portable (without extension)
  3. Launch HTTP_Downloader.exe
Similar/alternative apps: [url= [/url], [url= Download Manager[/url], [url= Downloader[/url]
What's new? See: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/erickutcher/httpdownloader/master/HTTP_Downloader/changelog.txt
Latest comments
Midas on 2020-09-03 07:04

@SpaceGhost: Care to discuss your ideas further in the forums? Follow the speech balloon icon above if you will.

freakazoid on 2020-09-05 18:13

Tiny file size and very-functional download manager.

Great to use for servers that limit download speeds to a low KB/s.

My only tiny nitpick is probably to change the default download parts from 1 to 2 or maybe 4. Other than that, thumbs up!

h13.Bishop on 2023-07-08 15:47

Oh man, you are my hero.
Today I spent an hour looking for some small and portable downloader. Found noting and here you are. =)
Thank you!

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VLC v3.0.21 Updated

gbrao on 9 Jun 2024
  • 181MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

VLC is a skinnable, feature-rich media player that supports a wide variety of multimedia file and streaming formats. It can play files while they download, from inside RAR files, online radio stations, convert video formats and much more.

The software can also behave as a streaming server for delivering video in unicast or multicast mode.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes. If following "How to extract".
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the latest (64 or 32 bit) ZIP or 7Z package
  2. Extract to a folder of your choice.
  3. Create a subfolder called portable (and keep it when upgrading)
  4. Launch vlc.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary locales, and avoid optional traces by running (see this) VLC with a custom config like vlc --config=zero-cache containing:
[qt]
qt-recentplay=0
qt-privacy-ask=0

[core]
plugins-cache=0
Similar/alternative apps: MPC-HC, SMPlayer, PotPlayer
What's new? See:
  1. https://www.videolan.org/vlc/releases/
Latest comments
lwc on 2021-11-05 04:05

Per the last comment (or rather comments), it's true VLC is infamous for never including the 64 bit in the regular download page.
I've therefore edited the entry to link to an official archive (more techy page) that always contains both the latest 64 and 32 bit versions (in both 7Z and regular ZIP).

PAFuser on 2022-03-07 20:48

Also available from PortableApps.com (32 bit). (64 bit can replace PortableApps 32 bit files.)

MoisheP on 2023-10-13 14:18

It might be easier for some to download the Windows installer, e.g., vlc-3.0.19-win64.exe directly from videolan.org and unpack using 7-Zip to the VLC folder.

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Subtitle Edit v4.0.6 Updated

Andrew Lee on 8 Jun 2024
  • 26MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by Userfriendly

Subtitle Edit creates, edits, synchronizes, adjusts, repairs and helps translate subtitles. The program can also import and OCR vobsub and blu-ray image based subtitles (even from matroska/mp4 files).

Supports more than 200 subtitle formats and written in C#.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0+
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download the "Portable version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SubtitleEdit.exe.
What's new? See: https://github.com/SubtitleEdit/subtitleedit/blob/master/Changelog.txt.
Latest comments
tomcat on 2022-08-14 03:38

Version 3.6.7 is now available.

I take the opportunity to comment further that I have now tried the program on several occasions, always with good results without reading instructions. Though its interface does look a little intimidating at first, it's not all that difficult.
In particular,
Tools > Fix common errors… : converted a non-working document to a perfect srt.
Synchronization > Adjust all times (show earlier/later)… : was most useful.

lastaltoid on 2022-11-23 04:05

Version 3.6.10 available on 2022-11-21. Fixes missing dll file from v3.6.9.

SZKAMAN on 2023-11-20 13:44

v4.0.2 works great on my windows 10 machine.
Used it to fix the auto subtitles youtube creates.
The youtube video I downloaded using another portable found here:
https://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=2634
Youtube 3d Downloader. Also downloads the SRT file which I have been missing for many of my downloads.

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Notepad++ v8.6.8 Updated

Ennovy on 4 Jun 2024
  • 21MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Notepad++ is a tabbed source code editor and Notepad replacement with a customizable interface. Includes source code "folding", allowing users to quickly reduce and expand sections of code to see the overall document. In addition, it features multi-language syntax highlighting, auto-completion, Perl-compatible regular expression search/replace, macro recording and playback, document map etc.

A host of additional functionality is available via the plugins admin view, including tools for file analysis, programming languages, viewers, calculations, user interface and many more.

Alternatively, Notepad++ Portable and the outdated X-Notepad++ clean the local folder.

Category:
Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP or 7z package according to your OS and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete unnecessary localization files
  3. Launch notepad++.exe
Similar/alternative apps: AkelPad, PSPad, EditPad Lite
What's new? Changelog at: https://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/.
Latest comments
Pendrive on 2021-12-08 16:48

Where is this "v8.1.9.3"?

PAFuser on 2022-01-19 09:26

8.2 does not seem to have sessions check box under general tab, and session does not seem to load or save. Any comments?

Mike.S.G. on 2022-01-20 09:43

@PAFuser

Things have changed a bit, can you make something happen by tweaking settings in Backup & Multi Instance... looking at the changelog some settings have been tweaked regarding Sessions???

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Telegram Desktop v5.1.1 Updated

lwc on 2 Jun 2024
  • 129MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Jun 2024
  • Suggested by guinness

Telegram is an easy-to-use, secure messaging and VoIP service. The program can be installed on multiple locations and devices, and will synchronize with all connected tools. It supports video calls, broadcast messages, huge chat rooms and can transfer any file type, up to 1.5 gigs each.

Important note: the desktop version is treated as just a secondary program, see Dependencies.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and as a web app. A PortableApps version is also available.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder, Windows registry
Dependencies: Already being logged in at Telegram in another device, and confirming against the other device via QR or a Telegram message (replacing the more liberal past requirement of "just" having a phone number that can receive SMS/automated calls).
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\TelegramDesktop

By default, the program downloads media and documents into its own folder.
To remove extra files and improve privacy, enter Settings > Advanced > Data and Storage > Download path > Default folder to "Temp Folder, cleared on logout".
License: GNU GPLv3
How to extract: Download the "Portable version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch telegram.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: RetroShare, IsoToxin
What's new? See: https://github.com/telegramdesktop/tdesktop/releases.
Latest comments
FireRabbit on 2018-06-26 13:03

v1.3.8 - the BIG new feature here is that you can now export/backup your data.

dmiranda on 2021-02-03 19:45

Last version for XP is 1.8.15

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Process Explorer v17.06 Updated

Ennovy on 29 May 2024
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 May 2024
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Process Explorer is an advanced task manager. It is an indispensable tool for both beginners and power users. I use it all the time to kill tasks that refuse to be killed, or find what which processes are still holding on to a particular file or DLL so it refuses to be deleted.

Alternatively, Process Explorer Portable is also available, which is stealth.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Windows registry
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete Eula.txt and procexp64a.exe
  3. Launch procexp.exe or procexp64.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Process Hacker
What's new? See: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/#whats-new-rss-icon
Latest comments
Mike.S.G. on 2022-10-30 13:53

Bummer, the new dark theme doesn't work with Windows 8.1 :(

bawldiggle on 2023-02-25 23:02

Requires Chrome/Chromium browsers to access home page

Mench59 on 2024-02-13 11:10

Hello, could someone tell me what the differences are with Process Hacker?
Thank you !

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7-Zip Portable v24.06 Updated

Ennovy on 28 May 2024
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 27 May 2024
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

7-Zip is an archive manager that can view and create a wide variety of formats. The program includes folder favorites, optional two-pane view, checksum calculator, file split/combine capability and more. Individual archives can be created with high speed or high compression settings, update options (including update, add/replace, synchronize), split volumes and more. Archives can be secured with standard zip or more secure AES encryption.

Although the official archiver for the open, high-compression "7z" format, the program also supports the creation of multiple formats including ZIP, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR and WIM. It will extract a long list of other formats, among them RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, RPM, VHD, VMDK etc. Even more formats are supported through third-party plugins. Supports many world languages.

Additionally, to use alternative toolbar and file icons, 7-Zip Theme Manager is available.

7-Zip Portable is a wrapper from PortableApps.com, auto-detecting 32 or 64-bit automatically. Alternatively, X-7zip is also available.

There is also a 7-Zip standalone console version.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch 7-ZipPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: PeaZip, IZArc, BandiZip
What's new? See: https://sourceforge.net/p/sevenzip/discussion/45797/thread/bbe6861abe/
Latest comments
AndTheWolf on 2019-02-01 14:58

PortableApps.com came out with v18.06 yesterday.

hamasaki on 2024-02-01 12:21

Not stealth, stores data at HKCU\Software\7Zip

freakazoid on 2024-02-02 21:52

@hamasaki - It's stealth to me. I don't see anything written to HKCU\Software\7Zip.

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