How to run and use software without installing it [Tip]

If your hard disk has limited space, you might need to remove software before adding further packages. Or you could check out the Spoon.net website to save disk space. That’s a website that has an application virtualization service with which you can run many browsers, games and other apps without installing them.

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Click on Sign up on the Spoon home page to set up a new account. Then enter a user name, email and password for your account. Click on Create Account, and sign in with recent versions of Google Chrome, IE, Firefox or Safari browsers. Other browsers might not run the Spoon.net software.

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Once you’ve signed in to Spoon.net, the page above opens in your browser. There you click on All Applications to open a library of software to run with Spoon. They include productivity, multimedia, games and other software tools. Adobe Reader, AbiWord, 7-Zip, Any Video Converter, Base and Glary Utilities are just a few of the software packages you can choose.

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Double-left click a software app to open the page in the shot below. Next click on the green Run button to run the software. A small notification then shows that the app is buffering, and you might also have to accept a licensing agreement.

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Once it has streamed, the software’s window opens in your taskbar. Click on its minimized window to open the software as in the shot below. The app runs just as it would if you had added it to your software library. For example, you can still save and open document files much the same.

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Overall, the Spoon apps run really smoothly. Now you can save disk space by running software apps from Spoon.net instead of adding them to your hard drive.

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3 comments

  1. Gene

    I’m not a big fan of cloud-based solutions. Portable apps are the way to go. If a package as large as Open Office | Libre Office can be made into a version that runs from a thumbdrive (as it has for years now), size is not really the limiting factor.

    In my opinion, by far the best type of these is the PAF type you find used at PortableApps.Com, such as for the portable FireFox, and many others. You can readily see all of the files that are used in this type of portable, so nothing is hidden, it should not touch the Win Registry at all, and it leaves no untidy “junk” behind after it is run — which cannot be said of some of the other portable softs you see around. I’m not sure about this, but there might be a kit for turning regular apps into portable versions. (Thinsoft ?) Anyway, what I would really like to see is a detailed guide on how to transform apps into portable versions, preferably of this PAF type.

  2. Harold

    Have I correctly understood that one can only run apps that spoon.net has pre-installed, or is it possible to install new apps on one’s spoon.net account?

    Is one’s account computer specific, or can one use the same account for two or more computers?

    Are these apps os generic or are they specific to one operating system, e.g., Windows 7?

    Thanks for clarifying these points.