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 I am going to show you how to install some portable applications on your usb drive, the apps can be found at  portableapps.com but i have uploaded a basic starter kit for you.

I recommend a 1GB minimum, i picked up this PNY 2GB usb flash drive at my local tesco today for only £1, yes you heard me correct £1! 

PS. my first instructable so sorry if im unclear on the steps

Step 1: Lets Get Started

 First your going to need to format your usb stick so..

Go to My Computer;
Right click on your usb stick;
Select format - THIS WILL ERASE ALL DATA ON THE STICK SO BEWARE I AM NOT HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FAMILY PHOTOS OR THAT DOCUMENT YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR THE PAST WEEK BEING ACCIDENTALLY DELETED, I SUGGEST YOU BACKUP YOUR DATA!! (copy to your hard drive)
Now do a quick format on the default settings and label your drive - ie: Toms usb apps or Dave's apps - you get the idea;
click start and wait for the format to finish, When this is done go to the next step.

Step 2: Apps Time :)

 now were going to install some apps, I have created a download with all the best *in my opinion* apps available.......

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uploading.com/files/155526ma/portable%2Bapps.zip/
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Alternatively apps are available at portableapps.com...

Step 3: Installing Apps

Now to install them.... run the install package of the application;
you will be asked where to install the apps (location); 
now click browse and select your usb stick;

then let the installer do its job :-)

Now go to the next step for a manager for your apps...........

Step 4: App Manager

 Now we want a app manager to make life easier...

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uploading.com/files/b532mf78/PStartSetup211.zip/
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Thanks To www.portableapps.com

download extract and run the file;
Install to the usb stick not local file;
let the installer do its job - again;

now to configure the app manager go to the next step ...

Step 5: Configuring the App Manager

Go to your usb stick in My computer;
Open it;
Run PStart;
Open up your installed apps in a folder;
drag the app into the PStart window and your app will be added;
do this for all your apps - you can also catagorize your apps into folders by right clicking in the PStart window

Step 6: The Result

There you have it... 

Now why not customize the look of your usb stick... 

Here's a few ideas
www.instructables.com/id/USB-Thumb-drive-flash-drive--MAKE-A-COOL-BELTCLIP-/
www.instructables.com/id/Hot_Glue_USB_Falsh_Drive/
www.instructables.com/id/Easy-paracord-USB-flash-drive-case/

Thanks for reading............ please leave a comment if your having trouble or to let me know if this worked - id be happy to help :-)



files aren't there m8t. help!
Hmm looks like the download has been removed, just go to <a href="http://www.portableapps.com" rel="nofollow">www.portableapps.com</a>
kthnx
Why don't you give the creators of this great software the credit they diserve and link to there site.&nbsp;
&nbsp;Just did&nbsp;
Not a bad instructable, certainly an excellent topic.<br /> <br /> As a computer tech, I'd be basically lost without my USB&nbsp;stick(s).&nbsp; My main diagnostic stick has:<br /> &nbsp;- a combination of apps from&nbsp;PortableApps.com (mostly I use 7-zip, WinDirStat, Firefox, ClamWin, Notepad++, PuTTy); <br /> &nbsp;- the Geek.Menu fork for a program manager&nbsp;(<a href="http://geek-menu.sourceforge.net/" rel="nofollow">geek-menu.sourceforge.net/</a>);<br /> &nbsp;- DailyCupOfTech's PC&nbsp;Repair System (<a href="http://www.dailycupoftech.com/usb-drive-systems/3/" rel="nofollow">www.dailycupoftech.com/usb-drive-systems/3/</a>)&nbsp;provides a nice suite of stuff to work with;<br /> &nbsp;- a cherry-picked variety of stuff from <a href="http://portablefreeware.com" rel="nofollow">portablefreeware.com</a>;<br /> &nbsp;- a bootable repair disk based on Hiren's (info on how to do this is at <a href="http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd-on-usb-disk" rel="nofollow">www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd-on-usb-disk</a>, but you need to find the ISO&nbsp;yourself);<br /> &nbsp;- the contents of the Sysinternals suite (<a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/sysinternals/bb842062.aspx" rel="nofollow">technet.microsoft.com/en-au/sysinternals/bb842062.aspx</a>);<br /> &nbsp;- a customized console based on Portable Apps' Command Prompt (<a href="http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/command_prompt_portable" rel="nofollow">portableapps.com/apps/utilities/command_prompt_portable</a>) but customized with new paths, the Win32 Unix Utilities&nbsp;(<a href="http://unxutils.sourceforge.net/" rel="nofollow">unxutils.sourceforge.net/</a>) and the perl command processor;<br /> <a href="http://unxutils.sourceforge.net/" rel="nofollow"><br /> unxutils.sourceforge.net/</a>&nbsp;- a selection of AV, support program and service pack installers.<br /> <br /> I'm currently eying off Portable Ubuntu (<a href="http://portableubuntu.demonccc.com.ar/" rel="nofollow">portableubuntu.demonccc.com.ar/</a>) as an addition to the 'stick.<br /> <br /> It's my plan to expand on the bootable part; currently I've got it booting knoppix, two differerent PE environments, Memtest86 and Seatools using Grub4Dos&nbsp;(<a href="http://sourceforge.net/projects/grub4dos/" rel="nofollow">sourceforge.net/projects/grub4dos/</a>), however the boot process isn't reliable and requires too much memory.&nbsp; If I get things working better I&nbsp;may expand it into an instructable...<br /> <br /> And one thing to remember is this: once you've got your ideal multi tool working, <em>back it up!</em><br />
Thanks, and Yhea couldnt aggree more aobut backing up your apps/data

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