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Since I'm on a USB kick at the moment, thought I'd post about what I consider a must have if you use a Flash DriveFlash Drive regularly. Rather than just throwing everything you use (programs, whatever) on the drive, and then opening the folder to access them from there, there are small program launchers available that essentially turn it into a small hard drive with it's own Start Menu.

After testing out a handful of them, I've come to the conclusion that Pstart is my personal favorite for a few reasons. While it may not be quite as "pretty" as a couple of the others, it's also because of this that it's more light weight and speedy. Although I also think it looks just fine. Wink

It's HIGHLY configurable to do just about anything you want and can think of, and if you want to do something that you're not sure how to set up on it, just ask here. I've mastered this puppy. Big Grin

It's got a built-in search to find your apps if you forgot where they went off to, a little Notes taker (like sticky notes, but they can travel with you since it's stored on your flash stick), and a few more things. My only complaint with Pstart is the author seems to of abandoned it, and refuses to reply to any sort of support requests or feature suggestions, which is a shame, because it's the best one out there, and with just a couple of minor improvements, it could be perfect.

Portable Apps has one too. It's one of those "prettier" ones that I mentioned, but a little less flexible, and feels bloated. A quick Google search will bring up a handful more as well.

All of them, once setup, run pretty much the same: you can set it up to autorun when you plug in the Flash DriveFlash Drive, or manually run it yourself. Once it starts, it sits in the tray, and you just click or right-click it to bring up your menu. From there you launch apps just like you would with your start menu in windows. Makes life just that much easier. Wink

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Re: "Start" Menu for USB Flash Drives

Ohhhhhh very nice Smile I'll have to check this one out for sure. I think I'll try the first one (the one you like better).

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