Cameyo: Virtualize Your Applications And Make Them Portable (Windows Only)

Portable applications are useful in that you can run it in any computers and without installation. The bad thing is, not every applications can be made portable. One of the solutions that we reviewed previously is to make your Windows XP portable so you can carry all your apps around. However, that can be an overkill for many. Most of the time, we just need access to a few applications, not the whole OS. This is where Cameyo comes in to fill the gap.

Cameyo is a Windows only software that virtualize your applications into a single exe file. With this virtualize application, you can bring it around and use it in any computers, without installation.

Usage

Download and install Cameyo

Run Cameyo. Click “Capture installation”.

cameyo-capture-installation

It will first take a snapshot before the installation.

cameyo-preinstall-snapshot

When the Proceed with installation message appear, proceed with your application installation.

cameyo-record-install

In this example, we will install the Opera browser in our Windows system.

cameyo-opera-installer

When the installation is completed, simply click the “Install done” button.

Cameyo would then proceed to take a post installation snapshot to determine the files/folders that have changed. This could take some time. It is best to leave your system alone during this process

cameyo-postinstall-snapshot

Once it is done with the snapshot, it will prompt you to enter the identification detail.

cameyo-before-packaging

Lastly, it will package the executable into a virtual file.

cameyo-packaging

You should now see a folder in your desktop. Inside the folder should contain the executable file of the application that you have just installed.

cameyo-exe-folder

Now, you can copy this folder to your thumb drive, bring it around with you and access to your applications wherever you are.

Conclusion

Personally, I have not test every single application in my system, so there is no way to know if Cameyo works for all. I have tested Opera, Safari browser and Filezilla. The post-installation snapshot of Safari took far too long, so I cancelled it before it was completed. As for Opera and Filezilla, they work fine.

Test it out and let us know which applications work and which one don’t.

6 comments

  1. i think there is a filezilla portable version, for opera there is a worlds favorite browser ” Firefox” which comes even in portable version

    1. Some of the popular software come with a portable version, so that is great. However, the beauty of Cameyo is the ability to virtualize any applications. It will be useful for those applications that do not have a portable version.

  2. What about the files that usually stay in Documents & Settings, or even in the “installation” directory ?
    Do they follow the .exe (as in “in the same directory) ?

    1. Yes. Cameyo will create a virtualize environment to contain all the required files in the same filepath. Don’t be surprised if the virtualized app is of a bigger file size than the installed app.

  3. Okay, I get the concept, but to make it truly portable, I assume Cameyo will make sure these programs will not leave behind registry traces, am I right?

    1. Yes, I assume so. To make it truly portable, all the files (including the registry) must be self-contained in the USB environment, so it should not be leaving any registry trace behind.

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