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Portable Apps update issue on automatic downloads

Started by robster2001, June 18, 2021, 09:08:58 AM

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I've noticed that when PatchMyPC runs my daily overnight update, Portable Apps are saved into the root of my main hard drive instead of the designated folder.  However, when I run an update manually and a Portable App is available, it downloads correctly into the folder I designated for Portable Apps.

Log file for manual download:
6/12/2021 7:11:39 AM - Download URL: https://patchmypc.com/freeupdater/applications/spsetup132.zip
6/12/2021 7:11:39 AM - Using Default Download Path:   C:\Users\robst\Desktop\PortableApps
6/12/2021 7:11:39 AM - Downloading Speccy Portable (5.82 MB)
6/12/2021 7:11:40 AM - Speccy Portable Portable Downloaded Successfully

Log file for automatic download:
6/18/2021 4:01:39 AM - Download URL: https://download.ccleaner.com/portable/ccsetup582.zip
6/18/2021 4:01:39 AM - Downloading CCleaner Portable (34.04 MB)
6/18/2021 4:01:40 AM - CCleaner Portable Portable Downloaded Successfully

I'm guessing it might be that the automated task doesn't have rights to my profile?

Anyway, I thought you'd want to know.

Thanks, as ever, for the Free Updater.


As this has never been addressed here or changed in the app, I guess it's working as intenled. 


Well, it's getting closer.  It did find a desktop folder...

Quote8/23/2022 3:00:14 AM - 1 App(s) to install or update...
8/23/2022 3:00:14 AM - Download URL: https://download.ccleaner.com/portable/ccsetup603.zip
8/23/2022 3:00:14 AM - Using Default Download Path:   C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop\PortableApps
8/23/2022 3:00:15 AM - Downloading CCleaner Portable (38.55 MB)
8/23/2022 3:00:15 AM - CCleaner Portable Portable Downloaded Successfully

However, that's a restricted folder that required three "you don't have access to this folder" prompts to drill down to... I have re-saved my actual desktop path and we'll see where CCleaner 6.04 eventually winds up...


Over a year later and portable apps still don't download properly (

9/13/2023 4:01:02 AM - Cannot get portable App path from the registry.
9/13/2023 4:01:02 AM - Cannot get the path of the user's desktop folder: Could not find special directory 'Desktop'.