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