Apps

7-Zip Portable from portableapps.com
Install / Extract to %localappdata%
Rename App folder to 7-Zip and move it up to \AppData\Local\
Delete 7-ZipPortable folder.
Use 7zFM.exe from \7-Zip\7-Zip64
Run as admin 7zFM.exe –> –> Tools –> Options –> 7-Zip –> Check Integrate 7-Zip to shell context menu –> Under Context menu items uncheck everything except:
• Extract files…
• Extract Here
• Extract to <Folder>
• Add to archive…
• Add to <Archive>.zip

 

Chromium 64-bit Portable: No sync • No WebRTC • No Widevine from https://chromium.woolyss.com/
(Feels considerably lighter and faster than other browsers and doesn’t seem to lack in anything.)

1. Extract the chrlauncher-win64-stable-codecs-nosync.zip to \AppData\Local\ and rename the folder to Chromium, (the folder will be created either way so let’s store everything in one folder.)
2. Double click the chrlauncher.exe and wait for the files to be downloaded.
3. The program will launch – close it.
4. Delete everything within the Chromium folder except for the “bin” subfolder.
5. Create a shortcut of \Chromium\bin\chrome.exe on Desktop.
Launching the app through chrome.exe is faster (approx. 4 sec. at first launch) than using chrlauncher.exe (7–8 sec. at first launch). The program seems to work faster overall.
This way you won’t be able to assign the program to High performance mode in AMD settings, however, it didn’t prove to be of any good anyway.

Set as default Windows browser: The program will offer that option at the start and will automatically open respective Windows settings once clicked upon respective link. However, you can do this any later in Win+I –> Apps –> Default Apps –> Web browser (Change to Chromium and click on Switch anyway.)

While the program is running right click on its taskbar icon and choose Pin to taskbar. (If you don’t do it this way the icon of the running app would not overlap the one already present in taskbar, so there would be two icons.)

Note: You might have a problem with signing into Gmail, (YT etc.) accounts if you’re using the No sync version. To solve the problem go to
chrome://flags/#account-consistency
and set it to Disabled.

SETTINGS:
(Note: The structure of the settings has been updated so you might find it to be a bit different if you’re using an older version.)
Settings –> Appearance:
• Show home button = On (Already OK in Cent Browser)
Settings –> Search engine (or right click on address bar –> Edit search engines…):
Add new:
https://www.google.com/search?q=%s&gws_rd=cr&pws=0&filter=0
–> Make default
Settings –> Appearance:
• Show home button: Turn on if you like the home button.
Settings –> On startup:
• It’s better to keep this set to “Open the New Tab page”.
(“Continue where you left off” might be more convenient but it can slow down the first launch of the program depending on how many tabs you’ve left open.)
Settings –> Advanced –> Privacy and security:
• Allow Chromium sign-in: Turn off
• Allow sites to check if you have payment methods saved: Turn off
At the bottom of the section click on Sync and Google services:
• Autocomplete searches and URLs: Turn off
• Preload pages for faster browsing and searching: Keep on
• Show suggestions for similar pages when a page can’t be found: Turn off
• Safe Browsing: Turn off
• Help improve Safe Browsing: Keep off
• Make searches and browsing better: Keep off
Settings –> Advanced –> Languages –> Language:
• Offer to translate pages that aren’t in a language you read: Turn off
Settings –> Advanced –> Downloads:
• Ask where to save each file before downloading: Turn on
If you’re running on dual graphics:
Settings –> Advanced –> System:
• Use hardware acceleration when available: Turn off !!!
Relaunch

(No longer needed since version 65.0.3325.181, the bug seems to be fixed.)
If a dialog pops up every time you want to download via magnet link (meaning, if Chromium does not remember a preferred associated program once chosen), then:
1. Go to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Default
2. Open the Preferences file in Notepad.
3. Search for “excluded_schemes” under “protocol_handler” (note: you might not find “excluded_schemes” within the code at all if you haven’t yet clicked on any magnet link) and add "magnet":false into the brackets so it will look like this:
"protocol_handler":{"excluded_schemes":{"magnet":false}},
4. Make sure you have closed the browser otherwise you won’t be able to save changes / overwrite the Preferences file.
5. Caution: If you clear Cookies the information will be lost again.
[Source]

Add EXTENSIONS:
+ Dark Web – Dark Theme for Chrome
+ Deluminate (Slows down performance)
+ Dark Reader (Turn off while playing videos, causes lag when on!)
(Dark Reader seems to be slowing down page loading quite a big deal as of recently.)
Possible alternatives can be: Dark Mode (Dark invert #2)DeluminateDark mode / night reader, Night Mode Pro,
+ uBlock Origin (Very efficient ad blocker but may slow down the whole browser, and more importantly, it may affect functionality on some pages (e.g. streaming videos), or it may break their layout. If you encounter any problems on the net, the first thing to test out is always to disable this extension for that particular site. It will also automatically disable prediction service in Privacy and security settings – the feature cannot be turned back on while the extension is running.)
+ Avast Online Security (Avast Browser Security and Web Reputation Plugin)
+ Tab Shortcuts by PaganCode (Blue QWERTZ version)
(Just note that in Cent Browser the Ctrl+Shift+Y shortcut is reserved for “Enabling/Disabling always on top” that’s why closing tabs to the left will not work, not even if you replace the shortcut with some other one in Settings –> Advanced –> Shortcut keys.)
+ Hoxx VPN Proxy (faster than DotVPN)

Note: In terms of performance, the fewer extensions, the better, of course.

Fancy a cool THEME? Try this one:
+ Material Dark – MKBHD

How to update:
Download the package 64-bit Portable No sync • No WebRTC • No Widevine (chrlauncher-win64-stable-codecs-nosync.zip) from https://chromium.woolyss.com/, unpack, run chrlauncher.exe and download the content. Replace the whole bin folder inside the Chromium folder with the new one. Make sure the User Data folder stays intact. That’s it.

 There’s one more trick that can help you start the browser faster (albeit by just a couple of seconds) and it’s in adding the prefetch option flag to the program shortcut:
1. Right-click the shortcut file and select Properties.
2. Click at the end of the text in the Target textbox and type in /prefetch:1
(If your shortcut has quotes around the path to the program, place the option flag on the outside of the quotes.)
3. The path in the Target field will look something like this:
C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Chromium\bin\chrome.exe /prefetch:1
or C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Chromium\chrlauncher.exe /prefetch:1
EnablePrefetcher Options:
0 = Prefetching Disable
1 = Application prefetch only
2 = Boot prefetch only
3 = Prefetch both (Default value)

 Occasionally, you can delete the whole Cache (as well as Media Cache and GPUCache) folders under \User Data\Default – it does no harm. (There’s usually plenty of data in there.)

Actually, you can quite safely delete everything within the \User Data\Default folder IF YOU PRESERVE THE FOLLOWING FOLDERS:
• Extension Rules1
• Extension State1
• Extensions1
• (Local Extension Settings)1
• (Managed Extension Settings)1
• Sync Extension Settings1

AND THE FOLLOWING FILES:
• Bookmarks2
• Favicons3
• Favicons-journal3
• Login Data4
• Login Data-journal4
• Preferences5
• Secure Preferences5

Do not delete the above listed folders and files unless you want to:
1. [Corrupt / lose your extensions.]
2. [Remove your bookmarks.]
3. [Corrupt / lose icons (favicons) in your bookmarks.]
4. [Lose all your saved passwords and credentials.]
5. [Lose your settings / reset them to defaults.]

 And one last tip: I don’t recommend that you browse through incognito window. While you should be perfectly safe from pretty much any threat if you have the uBlock and Avast extensions running in Chromium, you, on the other hand, paradoxically expose yourself to a substantial danger if using incognito browsing because, by default, those extensions are disabled in that mode.

If you have a suspicion that you might got infected I can recommend HitmanPro which is a free and portable tool that can do quite an impressive job. Another great portable tool is AdwCleaner. If there’s no other option then Malwarebytes free (not portable) should handle everything.

Some additional tips on how to speed up Chromium-based browsers can be found here or here.

You should not need Flash Player anymore but in case you do you can download it from portable Flash Player PPAPI 32-bit/64-bit and unpack the archive to the “Plugins” folder.

 

As far as Internet browsers are concerned, below are 3 more options worth mentioning (all being based on Chromium):

 

Cent Browser 64-bit Portable
(A lot of useful features and advanced settings, like mouse gestures etc. yet still very light and fast.)
Unpack to \AppData\Local\ and rename program folder to centbrowser (stick to that name – the folder will be created anyway so let’s store everything in there).
Use chrome.exe from \AppData\Local\CentBrowser
Do not rename the original executable.
SETTINGS:
Settings –> Tab options:
• Warn me when closing window with multiple tabs: Switch off
• Minimum tab width: Switch off
• Open bookmarks in: Current tab
• Open home page in: Current tab
• Open search result in: Current tab

 

Iridium 64-bit Portable
(.exe –> Properties –> Compatibility –> Check Run this program as an administrator.)
(Quite good and simplistic, focused on security and privacy, however, there are quite a few settings you need to adjust in order to make it applicable, first of all, enable saving of your web passwords, enable cookies, disable Guest browsing etc., which, in turn, will make it again less secure. Overall, I would not complain about having to adjust the settings, it’s just that the whole intention behind this browser will then miss its point. And even once you have set everything up to your liking the browser still feels slightly more sluggish on the web as compared to the others that are not so obsessed with security.)

 

SRWare Iron 64-bit Portable
UPDATE: Not recommended by Insanity Bit.
(Could be fine as well but I can’t see any actual advantages over Cent Browser apart from the notion or the pure feeling that you might be better protected from Google’s spying.)

 

qBittorrent Portable from portableapps.com
(Most of the settings apply generally to all torrent clients.)
• 
Install / unpack the program to
C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\qBittorrent
Rename App folder to qBittorrent and move it up to \AppData\Local\
Delete qBittorrentPortable folder.
Use / make a shortcut of qbittorrent.exe from \qBittorrent\qBittorrent\
(Note: The program will create one additional folder in \AppData\Roaming\ to store some files. No matter where you save the application there will always be two qBittorent folders in both \Local\ and \Roaming\.)
Right click the executable (.exe) file, choose Properties –> Compatibility –> and tick the box Run this program as an administrator. (This is to prevent I/O errors that can happen, esp. with large files.)
When opening for the first time:
Click I agree.
Allow access for both the Private and Public networks through the Windows Firewall.
(Note: You may need to allow that once again when opening the program for the second time.)
Yes. (I want to associate qBittorrent to torrent files and Magnet links.)

Options / Alt+O –> Advanced –> Uncheck Check for software updates.
As recommended e.g. here, in order to optimize your torrenting it’s best to set upload rate limit (Options / Alt+O –> Speed –> Global Rate Limits –> Upload) to about 75% of your outgoing bandwidth capacity.
Use some online speedmeter to find out what your upload speed is and then convert Mbps to kB/s using some online converter or simply multiply the number by 125 (1 Mbps = 125 kB/s).
Example: Upload speed of 15.33 Mbps equals 1916 kB/s. 75% of 1916 (0.75 × 1916) is 1437. Which means that if your upload speed is 15.33 Mbps you should set your upload rate limit to about 1437 kB/s (or 1403 KiB/s if the torrent client uses different units).
Note that various torrent clients may use various units so you should pay attention to which units you’re actually using. There’s a slight difference between kB/s and KiB/s. And watch out: kB/s is not the same as kbps (1 Mbps = 125 kB/s whereas 1 Mbps = 1000 kbps.) So here’s the complete math:
1 Mbps = 125 kB/s = 122.07 KiB/s
15.33 Mbps = 1916 kB/s = 1871 KiB/s
11.5 Mbps (75%) = 1437 kB/s = 1403 KiB/s
Note: Do not put more limits on your upload rate despite recommendations you may find here and there! It can affect the download speed dramatically, (I mean turning minutes into weeks). You may find some ridiculous limits already set up in certain apps, such as µTorrent portable version (tailored by appnee.com) where the maximum upload rate is by default set to just 1 kB/s which is a nonsense that can choke your downloads brutally. Should you encounter such case just set it back to unlimited (0) or, optimally, to about 75% of your upload speed as described above.
 It’s optimal to set manual port forwarding on your router, here is a perfect manual. 61097 port number (which is official μTorrent default) has proven to work well if set in both the router and respective torrent client settings (Options / Alt+O –> Connection –> Port used for incoming connections). However, using the default port 8999 is also fine and it may sometimes help to switch to another port if there’s a problem with downloading.
• Also, make sure that your torrent client is allowed through Windows Firewall:
Control Panel –> System and Security –> Windows (Defender) Firewall: Allow an app through Windows Firewall –> Change settings –> Allow another app… –> Browse for the .exe file of the app you’re using –> Add –> Tick both the Private and Public boxes –> OK.

 Pause all ongoing downloads before exiting the program to prevent the need of lengthy checking the torrents upon the next opening.

The default port number is 8999 and “should” work just fine for most torrents. (Though some advise that you should not set anything below 10000.) However, for certain torrents it can sometimes help not only speed up the downloads a great deal but to allow / start the download at all if you change the port number. You can press the Random button repeatedly until you see a number in the 49160-65534 “ephemeral range” (recommended by some) which has proved to work well in my case. (You will need to resume download / update / reannounce trackers of the particular torrent after changing the port number.)
You can as well try one of the following numbers:
47783 (Which is the default in µTorrent Pro version.)
30129 (Which is the default in µTorrent Free version.)
(More tips.)
Note: I have found out that most of the problems are caused by the port number setting. Various torrent clients has various port numbers set by default. FrostWire, for instance, uses random port by default, Tixati uses port 22348 etc. Different ports work in different situations so you will have to test out what works best for you.

(More details on how to torrent anonymously.)

 

μTorrent Classic
Same settings apply as described with qBittorrent.
Set upload rate limit to about 75% of your outgoing bandwidth capacity. In μTorrent, you can do it easily by going to Options –> Setup Guide (Ctrl+G) –> and clicking on Run Tests –> Then just Save & Close.

 

PotPlayer x64 from https://www.videohelp.com/software/PotPlayer (quickest download) or from http://daumpotplayer.com/download/ or from https://potplayer.daum.net/
Extract the .exe file and copy the content to \%localappdata%\PotPlayer
(There are about 5 files that ask to be overwritten during the extraction – you can either overwrite them or choose Auto Rename – it’s OK.)
+ OpenCodec x64 from here (quicker) or from http://get.daum.net/PotPlayer/Codec/OpenCodecSetup64.exe
Extract the .exe file and copy the content of the Module folder to \PotPlayer\Module – Necessary, e.g. for sound with certain videos. (You can ignore the $PLUGINSDIR folder.)
madVR (new versions already include 64-bit support) from http://madvr.com/
Exctract the content of the zip package to \AppData\Local\madVR and run the install.bat file. Do not move the folder.
(Note: There is the Madshi Video Renderer option available under Video Renderer in PotPlayer settings even if you don’t install anything, however, it would otherwise make no difference unless the renderer is installed. Check: You should see madVR icon in system tray while the renderer is running. The improvement in picture quality is significant. The picture is sharper and the colors are more vivid, overall Madshi can squeeze out more information from the source.)
Run PotPlayerMini64.exe
Go to Preferences (F5):
• General –> Check Store settings to .ini file (This is how you make it portable!)
• General –> Multiple instances: Disable: Play files in existing instance (first option)
• General –> Auto check for updates: Never
(You can uncheck Auto download files if an update is available. Not really necessary, just to be sure.)
• Playback –> Tick Remember video playback position
• Subtitles –> Font style –> Charset: Eastern Europe (If you’re a central or eastern European like me.)
• Subtitles –> Font style –> Size: 21 (If you’re using a small screen.)
IMPORTANT NOTE: As of the newer versions, by default PotPlayer now no longer supports H.265/HEVC video decoder.
In order to enable it you need to go to:
• Filter Control –> Video Decoder –> Built-in Video Codec/DXVA Settings –> In the left pane for H.265/HEVC: Change ‘Built-in FFmpeg Decoder’ to ‘FFmpeg64.dll‘.
• Filter Control –> Video Decoder –> Built-in Video Codec/DXVA Settings –> Check • Use DXVA (DirectX Video Acceleration) (Use DXVA if you have AMD graphics or Windows 10, use CUDA if you have NVIDIA.) [More info]
• Video –> Video –> Video Renderer: Choose Madshi Video Renderer (aka madVR) [More info]
• Audio –> Audio –> Audio Renderer: Built-in WASAPI Audio Renderer
(Generally, WASAPI – native Windows audio engine – is a better option with less latency than DirectSound if you can’t use ASIO directly as is the case here. More on the topic.
There exists a Multichannel ASIO Renderer but I personally experienced issues with it, like distortion or echo, so I don’t use it. 
See AUDIO SETUP in the Drivers section for further details.)
• Audio –> Audio –>Mixer Settings:
Normalize Matrix: Off
Expand stereo to center: Off
Expand stereo to surround: Off
Depending on the volume level / If it can stay high enough:

• Audio –> Normalizer/Freeverb –> Disable – Untick the “Enable” box under Normalizer (Auto Volume Control)
(The volume level will go down significantly but the sound is clearer this way. Normalizer can cause unwanted crackling.)
• Association –> Uncheck the remaining 2 options:
Add PotPlayer to folder context menu (Already unchecked by default)
Uncheck Add “Add to” to file…
Uncheck Add “Play with” to file…
• Association –> Click on ‘Select Video Ext‘ –> and then click on ‘Apply to System‘ –> It will open Set Program Associations window – you don’t need to do anything, just wait for a minute while a few conflicting formats are being automatically set back to Movies & TV (Windows default app), (you don’t need to worry about those). Click on Save, (the Association window will close). Then you can go to Win+I –> Apps (Previously System) –> Default apps –> Video player: PotPlayer Playback only (64-bit).
You can assign keyboard shortcuts for commonly used actions, e.g.:
• General –> Keyboard:
1.) Add… –> Subtitles –> Online Subtitle Searching –> Download Subtitles… –> Hotkey: Ctrl+1 –> OK.
2.) Add… –> Subtitles –> Subtitle Sync –> Adjust Subtitle Sync… –> Hotkey: Ctrl+2 –> OK.

(Already OK / disabled in newer versions so you can ignore this:) If you assign the player to High performance mode in switchable graphics configuration, madVR might be crashing. To prevent that you will need to disable automatic fullscreen exclusive mode in madVR settings which are also accessible through PotPlayer Preferences:
• Video –> Video –> Video Renderer –> Click on the small button with the 3 dots to the right (Video Renderer / madVR settings) –> Edit Settings –> rendering –> general settings –> Uncheck enable automatic fullscreen exclusive mode (By doing so you can prevent madVR from crashing.)
• Subtitles –> Font style –> Font –> Default: Click –> Semibold (It’s already set up to Bold in newer versions so you can as well leave it as such.) –> OK

[Another comprehensive guide]

If you have AMD dual graphics, you can assign the player to High performance to make sure it uses the more powerful (discrete) graphics card: Right click on Desktop –> Select Configure Switchable Graphics –> Switchable Graphics Application Settings –> All Applications –> Add Application –> Browse for the program executable (e.g. \AppData\Local\PotPlayerSetup64\PotPlayerMini64.exe) ->> Open –> Under Graphics Setting select High performance –> Apply –> Close)

(Note: You don’t need FFmpeg, nor LAV Filters in PotPlayer. [Info])

 

UPDATE: SoftMaker seems to have issues with certain OTF fonts, (ugly display + troublesome output). LibreOffice is a very solid alternative and, as of recently, it’s not as sluggish as it used to be.

 

SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016
Copy the folder created as portable from previous installation to %localappdata%
Run TextMaker.exe
Tools –> Options –> Files –> Default file format: OpenDocument Text
Tools –> Options –> Language –> Check Use background spell-checking
Tools –> Options –> System –> Check for updates: Never
Dictionaries from http://www.softmaker.com/en/download/dictionaries
Tools –> Options –> Language –> Hunspell dictionaries… –> Add Hunspell dictionary –> Browse for the downloaded .sox file –> OK. (The file will be automatically extracted and added to \SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016\inst\hunspell\ (not SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016\spell).
Change default font (and size) for all new documents: Format –> Character –> Font –> Change Typeface and Size to whatever you prefer –> Click on Set as default… –> Select • Change for all new documents based…

 

XnView from here (faster and lighter than FastStone)
(Scroll down and under “Minimal” click on XnView Min.zip)
Copy the folder from the zip to %localappdata%
Run as admin xnview.exe (due to file associations):
Choose • Use .ini file in Application folder (Single-User system)
Uncheck Add ‘Browse with XnView’ to context menu
Uncheck Associate Slide File with XnView
OK
Check Do not show tips at startup and Close
Tools –> Options:
Associations –> Click on Windows file associations… –> OK
Win+I –> Apps (Previously System) –> Default apps –> Photo viewer: XnView for Windows
General –> Keyboard/Mouse –> Switching modes tab –> Use ENTER to switch between:
Browser <> Fullscreen | Viewer <> Fullscreen
(Using Enter is more convenient than looking up the F11 key.)
If you’d like to open images in fullscreen by default:
General –> Operations tab –> (At the bottom) Mode when starting with a file: Fullscreen – Browser
If you’d like to switch between images using arrows:
General –> Keyboard/Mouse –> Keyboard/Mouse tab –> Keyboard: Cursor Left/Right: Previous/Next file

 

FileZilla … _win64.zip from https://filezilla-project.org/download.php?show_all=1
Copy to to %localappdata%
Rename the application folder to FileZilla (not FileZilla-X.XX.X, it will save some additional files in the FileZilla folder anyway.)
Note: WinSCP can be faster sometimes.

 

MusicBee Portable
Run as ADMIN:
Edit –> Preferences (Ctrl+O):
• General: Select All file types –> Win + i –> Apps –> Default apps –> Music player: MusicBee
• Player: audio player – output: ASIO
(Although you can find tips here and there recommending WASAPI over ASIO, I personally felt like WASAPI sounded sort of smudged. The sound from ASIO feels tighter and cleaner. Then I found this information on MB forum:
“MB is not bitperfect in WASAPI because it uses synchronous (push) mode (as Steven told me in this forum). MB is bitperfect in ASIO.”
It can be totally subjective, however, I did have issues with WASAPI in AIMP so it seems like ASIO suits better my particular PC-Audio configuration.)
• Player: sound effects:
Uncheck normalise volume of tracks with replay gain tags
(MB doesn’t use its own library to store this information so it writes it directly into the file tags / alters the files themselves which is not always desirable.)
• Select Skin –> Dark-Metro Series –> DarkCOBALT
(All problems solved.)

 

How to extract / download the best audio quality available from YouTube

UPDATE II (alternative):

3D Youtube Downloader
(You can choose • Portable during installation, however, you need to add the ‘3D Youtube Downloader’ folder to the end of the path if you’re changing the destination otherwise the stupid installer will just pour all the files straight into the chosen folder, like into %localappdata%.)

(Too many issues with the youtube-dl-gui methods mentioned below.)

UPDATE (simpler way):

  1. Download ‘Windows portable’ from youtube-dl-gui
  2. Unpack to %localappdata%
  3. Options (gear icon) –> Formats –> Tick ‘Extract audio from video file’
  4. Watch out for the videos that are part of a playlist. Unless you want to download the entire playlist, delete the second part of the URL starting with ‘&list=…’

Another solution:
(For some reason, this method ceases to work after a while.)

  1. Download youtube-dl-gui.
  2. Unpack the zip to a location of your choice. I like to put it in:
    C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\
  3. Rename the folder to youtube_dl_gui to keep it all tidy and within one folder.
  4. Download FFmpeg and just copy the .exe files from the bin folder into the youtube_dl_gui folder. (In fact, only the ffmpeg.exe file is important.)
  5. Now, fire up youtube-dl-gui.exe, (make a shortcut on Desktop). Click No (if you don’t want the files to be downloaded to the suggested location) and specify your preferred download path, I like to use: C:\Users\%username%\Music\
  6. Click No one more again to keep the non-GUI core youtube-dl.exe with youtube-dl-gui.exe. youtube-dl.exe will then be automatically downloaded and stored within the youtube_dl_gui folder.
  7. In the Downloader tab select • Audio and keep both Quality and Format at “best”.
  8. You’re good to go. Whenever you hover your mouse over the URL field the link you have copied into the clipboard will be automatically pasted in there. All you need to do is to hit the Download button. Then you will find all those .opus, .ogg, etc. files in the location you have specified in step 5.
  9. Caveat: Be careful with music tracks being part of playlists! By default youtube-dl is set to download all the files from the given playlist! To prevent that just remove the part from the URL beginning with &list=…
  10. Note: Downloading directly to FLAC or WAV by onlinevideoconverter or getting the “original video file” using aTube Catcher (one of the best downloaders IMHO) would not be of any benefit. It would just make the files larger for no real reason. There are mostly just Vorbis (.opus = 48 kHz and .ogg = 41 kHz) audio formats with variable bitrate with WebM (MKV) videos or AAC’s with MP4’s or 3GP’s. You don’t need to worry, this way you’re getting the best out of what’s available there. Simply the best of what you can extract in a pure and efficient form without any bloat.
  11. One last note: If you want to use the “best” parameter for downloading videos then it can be a bit tricky and not always accurate. As far as videos are concerned, 4K Video Downloader seems to be a very good option, (also available as portable). You can find out more on the topic, e.g., here. Some other info that may come in handy is also here.

 

foobar2000ASIO support + DVD-Audio + APE supportDSD/SACD support*
(*You only need the foo_input_sacd.fb2k-component so you can ignore the foo_dsd_processor.fb2k-component in the package. You will need to set sample rate in foobar SACD settings to the highest number your CPU can handle, otherwise they would be playing back at 44100 – see below. However, without a DAC, the DSD’s will actually be just a diluted, flat, 1-bit nonsense, therefore the option of playing them back on your PC doesn’t make much sense. Use DVD-Audio instead if you want to relish hi-res recordings.)
Choose • Portable during installation.
• File –> Preferences –> Components –> Install… –> Browse for the downloaded components –> Relaunch
• File –> Preferences –> Playback –> Output:
Device: ASIO : ASIO4ALL (v2)
(Or  DSD : ASIO : ASIO4ALL (v2) if you’re ever going to use DSD/SACD format which only makes sense if you have a DAC converter.)
Output data format: 24-bit
(This assumes that you have “24 bit, 44100 Hz Studio Quality” set up as the default format in Windows –> Sound –> Playback –> Speakers / Your Device –> Advanced settings.)
• File –> Preferences –> Playback –> Output –> ASIO:
Check Use 64-bit ASIO drivers.
Check Run with high process priority.
• File –> Preferences –> Tools –> SACD:
Output Mode: Keep it at PCM.
PCM Samplerate: Set it to as much as your CPU can handle. (In my case it’s 88200.)

 

AIMP from http://www.aimp.ru/ (Do not download from portableapps.com)
(Overall a good player but there’s no chance for bit perfect playback unless you set the sample rate manually for each track. As much as I hate how foobar2000 looks, it has lots of options and is extremely customizable.)
Choose • Portable during installation.
Install to \AppData\Local\AIMP\
Run as admin AIMP.exe (due to file associations):
Menu –> Preferences (Ctrl+P) –> System –> File associations –> Check Add to default applications list –> Apply –> OK
Win+I –> Apps (Previously System) –> Default apps –> Music player: AIMP
Menu –> Preferences (Ctrl+P) –> Playback:
Device: ASIO: ASIO4ALL (v2)
Parameters: 44100 Hz / 32 Bit / Stereo
The only downside of this setting is that when you’re playing a file that is at a higher rate, say 96 kHz, it will be downsampled to 44.1 kHz unless you manually change the setting, however, those cases are quite rare, vast majority of all music is at 44.1 kHz.
Alternatively, you can try Winyl player (set up to use ASIO) or Resonic player (set up to use WASAPI). They both will play the files back at their native sample rate, however, the sound quality of Winyl doesn’t seem to be as clean as that of AIMP (purely subjective) and Resonic (free version) doesn’t offer any equalizer. foobar2000ASIO support component is a solution too.

WASAPI is supposed to work even better (than ASIO) on Windows (as it’s the official Microsoft replacement for ASIO), however, in my particular case, ASIO works without any issues whereas with WASAPI I can hear some clicks and noises, especially with Push mode. Event mode is better but still, not as clean as ASIO. See AUDIO SETUP in the Drivers section for further details.

 

Skype Portable from portableapps.com
• Install the .paf package to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\
• Move the Skype folder from C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\sPortable\App directly under the Roaming folder:
C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Skype
• Delete the sPortable folder along with its content.
• Run / create a shortcut of C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
• Allow access for / check all 3 networks if the Windows Firewall mesagge pops up.
• Sign in with your credentials. (Click on Add later on the Profile picture window.)
• Go to Tools –> Options:
Sounds: Click on Mute all sounds.
Advanced: Uncheck Use Skype to call callto: links on the web.
Advanced: Uncheck Use Skype to call tel: links on the web.

• To run Skype at startup just copy a shortcut of C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
(You can access the folder by simply typing: shell:startup into the run command (Win+R) or into the Explorer address bar.)

 

Multi Commander Portable 64-bit from here.
• Windows Explorer Compatibility Look&Feel
• Ctrl+B (Hide Button Window)
• Click on the colored circle and uncheck (on the left side) ‘Apply file coloring’ (not needed since v7)
• Configuration –> Core Settings –> Layout –> System –> Uncheck Check for new version…
• Configuration –> Core Settings –> Layout –> System –> Check Allow only a single instance…
• Configuration –> Keyboard Customization –> Module: Explorer Panel –>
Files/Folders path: Shortcut key: Remove –> Ctrl+Y –> Assign –> Save
• Configuration –> Keyboard Customization –> Module: Multi Commander (Core) –>
File – &Pack files…: Shortcut key: Ctrl+Q –> Assign –> Save
• Configuration –> Explorer Panel settings –> Display –> Selection and Checking… –> Selection Methods –> Uncheck “Select and Unselect when navigating over files and folders”
• Configuration –> Explorer Panel settings –> (scroll down) Save on exit –> Uncheck “Remember only paths to local hard drive.”
• Set up Favorites = Quick Paths (Click on the star icon –> Number –> Ctrl+S):
\\152.146.136.14\msc\Ford\Work\OLM\
\\152.146.136.14\msc\Ford\Work\EP\
\\152.146.136.14\msc\Ford\Work\EMP\
\\152.146.137.124\msc\Ford\Work\
• Add HideSplash=1 to the file SessionConfig\Misc\MultiCommander.ini (Really does speed up the launch.)

 

PDF-XChange Editor Portable Version (No OCR) from https://www.tracker-software.com/product/downloads
Do not install Acrobat Reader DC, 403 MB! in Programs and Features for NOTHING! All the features are only in the paid version.
Do not use Evince Document Viewer! It opens up in a shifted window even if you set it up to open in maximized window. The font display is not sharp.
Do not use SoftMaker FlexiPDF Basic – it can create very small and perfect files but it has no option to search for words or text parts within a document and the font display is not smooth.
Optimization:
https://www.pdfcompress.com/
http://www.jinapdf.com/compress-pdf-file.php

 

CDBurnerXP Portable 64-bit from https://cdburnerxp.se/en/download –> Click on More download options »

 

NirCmd from here or the latest version from here.
Extract the zip.
Run as admin nircmd.exe –> Click Copy to Windows Directory –> Yes
(The file nircmd.exe is going to be copied into C:\Windows)
Example of usageshortcut to turn off the screen:
1. Right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose New –> Shortcut
2. Paste the following command: nircmd.exe monitor off
3. Type a name for the shortcut, e.g.: ScreenOff –> and hit Finish
4. Right-click on the shortcut –> Properties –> Assign whatever shortcut you prefer, e.g.: Ctrl + Alt + F12
Note: The Target in the shortcut Properties should be: C:\Windows\nircmd.exe monitor off
The Start in should be: C:\Windows
If the nircmd.exe was not placed in C:\Windows you would need to state the whole path in quotes, e.g.: “C:\path\to\nircmd.exe” cmdwait 1000 monitor off

 

 Tip 1: If you have AMD dual graphics, you can assign the apps that may need it to the discrete (more powerful) AMD graphics. It’s not a problem when it comes to programs like, say, PotPlayer – you can just browse for the respective executable from Configure Switchable Graphics –> AMD Switchable Graphics Application Settings and then set it for High performance. However, it seems to be impossible when it comes to the apps that are locked for Power savings, like chrome.exe (applies to Cent Browser as well) – see the details above.

 Tip 2: Do not update portable apps, in some cases they could be reinstalled as non-portable! (Always turn off “automatic / check for updates” in respective app’s preferences. One of a few exceptions being Cent Browser, for instance, that can handle updates in portable mode very well.)

 Tip 3: When pinning icons to taskbar: Run the app first and then right-click on the icon in taskbar and choose Pin to taskbar. If you pin the executable file to taskbar directly you may see the browser icon not overlapping the pinned one.

 Tip 4: If you want any app to start automatically with Windows (e.g. Skype Portable), copy its shortcut into one of the following folders:
Startup folder (for the current user): Win+R: shell:startup
C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Startup folder (for all users): Win+R: shell:common startup
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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