Since the majority of today's devices are Java-capable, there are countless applications that depend on the presence of the latest runtime environment (JRE) on the system they are deployed. Portable devices are also included in this equation and for this reason a dedicated utility has been created.
Going by the name of jPortable, this program has only a single purpose it follows to the letter, namely to get form the Internet and install onto the PortableApps.com storage device the most recent JRE update.
The package is quite small when compared to the setup it retrieves form the web, not to mention the aggregated final size of the installed components. User intervention during the whole process is kept to a minimum, so there are no configurations to be made, or settings one can misconfigure by accident.
In fact, when setting up jPortable, all you will have to do is select the destination of the Java Runtime Environment files. The progress of the whole operation is displayed at all times inside the installer, where both download status and transfer to disk have their animated status bars.
As soon as the operation is successfully completed, all the applications you have installed onto the portable flash drive will be able to use the Java components, even if the storage device is connected to a system without JRE or with an obsolete version on board.
If for any reason you wish to remove the current Java update from your PortableApps.com drive, you should note that there is no uninstaller available. Nonetheless, there is a simple and efficient method of cleaning all the files, by deleting the directory where all the JRE related files are kept in.
All things considered, jPortable is indeed a great means of bringing the much-desired Java compatibility to any removable device and thus allowing the programs that depend on it to run properly, right from the same drive.
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