Make a portable application with ThinApp

ThinApp is an application that can be used to make some applications portable for the user. But you should make this procedure only with applications that have not already been installed on your computer.

  • In this tutorial we will learn how an application with ThinApp.
  • We will demonstrate with TuneUp Utilities 2009.
  • ThinApp is supported Windows Seven since version 4.0.4.

How to proceed

  • Step 1: Go to theStart button and select All Programs , and then choose VMWARE before going on the "ThinApp Setup Capture" shortcut.

  • Step 2: When the ThinApp Setup Capture window pops up, click on"Next".

  • Step 3: Close all the applications that can halt the process as well as the application that you want to make portable. When done, click Next.

  • Step 4: The application will scan for the files required and may take some time. Do not touch anything while this process has started, it will let you know automatically when done.

  • Step 5: When it has finished, minimize the ThinApp window as indicated on the screen.

  • Step 7: if the application requires the serial number in order to run, enter it to validate the software. Do not forget to configure the software before proceeding to the next step.

  • Step 8: When the installation is done maximize the ThinApp window and click on Next to analyse once more your system.


  • The analysis of the system will determine which folders and files are needed for the installation of the software to be able to create a portable version of it.
  • Step 9: When the User-accessible entry points window pop ups, check the software that need to be made portable and when this is done, you can now click Next

  • Step 10: You can now choose the flash disk device where you want the application to run in and click Next when done.

  • Step 11: Leave the Merged isolation mode checked and click Next .

  • Step 12: Choose the Fast Compression option to get the maximum space that will be required on the flash disk. Click on Next.

  • Step 13: The folders that will be needed by the application will hence be located in the same directory.

  • Step 14: When the previous step is over, you can now click on Build Now to make a whole folder on the file contents needed to execute the portable application.

  • Step 15: You must now choose the Browse Project option to get hold of the folder made specially for the portable software.

  • Step 16: Browse for the Bin folder and double click on its icon to open it.

  • Step 17: The last step left is to copy the executable application on your flash disk and you are done!

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