How to Put a Program on a Flash Drive [Easy and Fast]

How to put a program on a flash drive? Windows users can run program from a USB flash drive by putting programs on a flash drive. With the help of EaseUS Todo PCTrans, it is pretty easy to handle how to copy a program to a flash drive. Read this tried and true post, and move programs to a USB to save space.

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This article will provide two ways to put a program on a flash drive. You can choose the automatic or manual way. Let's view the necessary tools and requirements to copy a program to a flash drive.

⏱️Duration 3-5 minutes (depending on the data size and the transfer method)
✂️Tools to Copy Programs

✔️A flash drive

✔️EaseUS Todo PCTrans

💻Supported Systems Windows 11/10/8/7
✍️Operations Steps

✔️4 steps to use PC transfer tool...Full steps

✔️6 steps to use manual way...Full steps

User Situation - How to Copy a Program to a Flash Drive

Q: Hey everyone, after many Google searches, I am just confused about how to put programs on my flash drive. I have read that you can use a 3rd party application to make the applications "portable," such as, etc. However, it doesn't work well for me. I have also read about the registry's possible problems when using other systems. Can I simply copy my programs? Or is there any effective way to handle this?

A: You may wish to run software directly from a USB flash drive to save space on your hard drive or avoid leaving a trace of your software on your computer. Copying a program is sometimes a good option for programs like Total Commander, Winamp, Aida64, or Need for Speed. If you have a few programs installed, that is fine. If you have many programs installed in the program files, some will work, some will not be licensed, and some will send you a message to reinstall the application.

A thing is clear: you will never know exactly which programs you use will work until you try it or you ask somebody who has done it before for each program.

So, how to copy a program to a flash drive easily? Directly copying the program sounds easy, but you cannot be sure whether the application will work. Using third-party software is still a nice choice.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans - An Easy-to-Use Application Mover

EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free is an easy PC migration solution that can help you move data, apps, and transfer accounts from one computer to another or to an external device. In only one click, this transfer tool transfers all of your wanted applications or data.

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Details - How to Put Programs on a Flash Drive via EaseUS Todo PCTrans FREE

EaseUS Todo PCTrans provides a simple and fast migration method. You only need four steps, and you can install a program on your portable device for free. Before you start to do it, you must do the following things:

  • Make sure that the USB has enough space so that you can install your programs
  • Download EaseUS Todo PCTrans and restart your computer
  • Connect the USB to your computer

Then, follow the steps below to put/install programs on a USB:

Step 1. Connect an empty USB drive to your PC and run EaeUS Todo PCTrans

Click "App Migration" on the main screen, and click "Start" to continue.

choose transfer mode

Step 2. Select applications, programs, and software to transfer

First, select the source partition where you installed apps and tick the programs marked as "Yes" that you'd like to move to your USB drive.

Next, click the triangle icon to choose the USB as your target location to move the selected programs without reinstallation.

select programs and target USB to transfer

Step 3. Transfer and move selected apps, programs, and software to USB

Click "Transfer" to start the transferring process and wait for the process to finish.

rinish the transferring

Note: 1. After the transferring, restart the PC if necessary. Then you can run the transferred programs on your USB drive without reinstallation. 

2. You can only run and launch transferred programs from the USB on your source PC. It won't work on other computers.

After you have put programs on the USB, you can run applications from it. Go to the Windows File Explorer and open the USB. Double-click on the application.exe file. You can see the application will begin to prepare it to set up.

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You can see more information below about using this convenient and full-featured tool:


Transfer user's accounts: 

Transfer user's account settings, user data, personalization & power settings from one PC to another or from the previous OS to the new OS after Windows in-place upgrade via the network connection or image file.


Transfer applications:

An up-to-date application compatibility list allows you to get the latest transferable applications. Applications may require re-activating on the new PC/OS. Support to transfer data/apps from Windows XP/7/8 to Windows 11/10. Transfer applications between local disks.


Transfer data among different devices:

Transfer selected applications & data from one PC to another or from the previous OS to the new OS after the Windows in-place upgrade.


Other Highlights:

We provide 24/7 service & live chat. EaseUS Todo PCTrans takes all the stuff to a new PC and gets it ready for use.

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Details - How to Copy a Program to a Flash Drive via Manual Way

We also prepared another manual method for you after introducing how to put programs on a flash drive with EaseUS Todo PCTrans. This way, it may take more time to browse and copy files.

How to Install a Program from a Flash Drive to PC

1. Click the "Start" button and open "My Computer/This PC."

2. Double-click the USB flash drive on the "My Computer/This PC" window.

3. Repeat the first step and open another window.

4. Brow and copy the programs in the new "My Computer/This PC" window.

5. Paste the program file into the "My Computer/This PC" window for your USB flash drive.

this pc interface

How to Copy a Program to a USB Flash Drive on a Macintosh 

1. Click on the "Finder" located in the toolbar.

2. Select your USB flash drive from the "Finder" window.

3. Click "File" and select "New Finder Window" to open another "Finder" window.

Browse through your computer files using this new "Finder" window and select the file for the program you want to copy to a USB drive.

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How to Put a Program on a Flash Drive [Easy and Fast]

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