Application Virtualization with Cameyo

February 13, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Offering a similar service to U3 and Portable Apps is Cameyo, a free utility that provides application virtualization. Rather than relying on a pre-determined selection of apps that you can download from the website as with U3 and Portable Apps, Cameyo makes it possible to virtualize applications that you have installed on your PC, something that is made possible by Cameyo’s “capturing” technology.

All of this makes Cameyo a very interesting alternative to Portable Apps, although ultimately it can be used for the same purposes of having a selection of must-have applications on a USB stick that can then be used for hot-desking, remote working or even PC support.

Application virtualization with Cameyo

Get Your Copy of Cameyo

If you fancy creating some virtualized versions of your regularly used software, visit www.cameyo.com/download.aspx to download this great virtualization utility; it shouldn’t take too long as the download file is a minimal 1.8 MB. You can complete the installer wizard with the default options chosen and within a few seconds Cameyo should be installed on your PC.

With the software installed, you can launch Cameyo from Start > Programs > Cameyo, where you should see the option to run the software.

At first glimpse when the utility runs it doesn’t look as though there is very much happening – however the magic of Cameyo is in the capture. When an application is captured by this utility you will then be able to run it from pretty much any device.

Creating a Virtualized App with Cameyo

Cameyo needs to spend a bit of time looking at your system before it is ready to create a virtualized app, so you will need to allow a bit of time before you can get started with it. Use the Capture Installation button to begin this process, which will take a snapshot of your system. Note that a reboot of your PC might be required during this process.

Once this has completed you will notice a box in the corner of your desktop, titled Proceed with installation; there will be a button here labelled Install done. Don’t click this yet – instead, find the installer file for the application you want to package, and run it.

When installation of your chosen application is complete, press Install done; another snapshot will take place, and Cameyo will check the differences between the two snapshots and create a “package” of the program you have installed, which you will find in your my My Documents folder in the Cameyo packages subfolder.

Running Virtual Packages

You should notice that the virtual version of the installed application features the .virtual.exe file extension. Running the software is simply a case of double clicking the icon as you might expect, but you can copy this to any computer and run it from there without installing.

Using the default Isolated mode prevents the application from destabilizing the computer or leaving any traces. A virtual application can be removed from the computer by adding the –Remove switch in the command line.

To do this, go to Start and type CMD in the search box. Then enter:

C:\My Packages\MYVIRTUAL.virtual.exe -Remove

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