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I'd like to have a flash drive with my common programs on it. That, combined with SkyDrive, allows me to be productive anywhere.

Unfortunately, I can't do this on Macs that don't give me admin permission. I get the portable app, download it to a flash drive on my PC, plug it in to a Mac, and lo and behold, it doesn't work. It needs admin permission.

Is it possible for me to download/create a portable app that I can run without admin permission?

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You can run an App no matter where it is located - even on a write protected volume unless the app is severely non-standard and attempts to write to the application directory or self-modify itself.

Are you certain that there are not some other form of managed preferences or parental controls enabled that is restricting non-whitelisted apps?

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Hmm. This is what I thought originally. I'll try to see if the mac I was using had parental controls or some funky preferences on it. –  JavaAndCSharp Mar 26 '12 at 3:21
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