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18 April 2014

Run Trillian from a USB drive

by joshg253

I’ve been using PortableApps and Trillian Pro for years, but there is no official way to run Trillian from a USB stick. So I did some digging a while back and got it working.

Setup I’m using my Microsoft Account to log into a 64-bit Windows 8 PC, so if you’re using something different the folders below may be slightly different.

I also don’t install any plugins or skins so there may be extra steps involved if you do.

[instructions for a new Portable Trillian installation] Install Trillian on your PC Install any plugins, skins, etc. you want. Set up your accounts

*optional: rename to TrillianPortable (that’s how I’m going to refer to that particular folder in the rest of this post anyway)

Updating

Since then, Trillian has been asking me to update for a while now, so here’s what I finally did 1/16/2014 to successfully update my Portable Trillian install to v5.4 Build 15 Pro:

[Instructions for updating an existing Portable Trillian installation]

Download and install the latest version of Trillian on your PC

shut down Trillian

Go to Trillian install dir on PC (e.g. C:Program Files (x86)Trillian)

Copy everything except trillian.ini into TrillianPortable folder on USB drive

launch, enjoy

Notes

When you run Trillian from the USB drive, it /should be/ isolated from the host PC unless you do something like associate the various IM protocols with your Portable Trillian exe

tags: PortableApps - Trillian - USB - Windows - Windows 7 - Windows 8