Portable vs Installer

Installer vs Portable

Usually windows application offer two version build which is portable build or installer build. Here is the list of factors why portable version is always better than installer version :

Retains data and settings

<p class="has-vivid-green-cyan-background-color has-background" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Portableapps store all data in its <strong>own portable folder</strong> which can be used to another machine and easy to locate and remove.Portableapps store all data in its own portable folder which can be used to another machine and easy to locate and remove. <p class="has-pale-pink-background-color has-background" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Installer stores data on user folder and sometimes on another folder, which hard to locate and often not removed even app is uninstalled Installer stores data on user folder and sometimes on another folder, which hard to locate and often not removed even app is uninstalled

Click and run anywhere !

<p class="has-light-green-cyan-background-color has-background" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Portableapps able to click and run anytime and anywhere without any installation prompt requiredPortableapps able to click and run anytime and anywhere without any installation prompt required <p class="has-pale-pink-background-color has-background" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Installer need to be installed on every new machine which is trouble if you are using mulitple machineInstaller need to be installed on every new machine which is trouble if you are using mulitple machine

Updater are silent, no bundleware, and no automatic shortcut creation

<p class="has-light-green-cyan-background-color has-background" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Portableapps has silent updater that works without any user interaction and no bundleware included or auto add shortcut on dekstop on every install or updatePortableapps has silent updater that works without any user interaction and no bundleware included or auto add shortcut on dekstop on every install or update <p class="has-pale-pink-background-color has-background" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">On installer build, install or update often need user interaction and has <strong>bundleware</strong> (additional sponsored apps which is unrelated to the installer), and add shortcut on dekstop and start menu automatically which is annoying.On installer build, install or update often need user interaction and has bundleware (additional sponsored apps which is unrelated to the installer), and add shortcut on dekstop and start menu automatically which is annoying.

Of course there is also several factor which makes installer build better :

  • Installer write its association on registry, so it can easily integrated to files.
  • Installer usually comes with its own updater, while portableapps usually depend on platform or some are manual update (redownload latest build and replace them in the folder)
  • Portable build usually comes up with popup error on launch if apps are not closed properly or force closed, especially the apps from portableapps. this issue never happens on installer build.
  • Installer build has exclusive feature which portable build doesn’t have, as example installer build of web browser support native notification for windows.
<p class="has-pale-cyan-blue-background-color has-background" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">but some portableapps works similar to the installer which absolutely defeats the installer unless the feature are exclusively for installer, portableapps is 100% win the competition.but some portableapps works similar to the installer which absolutely defeats the installer unless the feature are exclusively for installer, portableapps is 100% win the competition.

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