Can a flash drive hold downloaded games and software?

I am wondering if it is easy to transfer downloaded software from one computer (or device) to another for the purpose of being able to use it.

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Update:

Im talkin THE SOFTWARE plugged in, storable onto the newer computer without any need for an installer. Just playable right there.

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  • 5 months ago
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    You can store them on a flash drive, yes. Most games are not meant to be portable between computers; they write important information to the Windows Registry, which isn't carried over. Just like if you copied the game folder over a network.

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    Besides the fact that digital downloads are cheaper for them and preferred by most customers? Nothing. They could absolutely store the installer and files for a game on a Flash drive.

  • Fulano
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    4 months ago

    It can be... but depends on if the software relies on registry info and such that isn't actually stored in the install folder on the flash drive, or if it's designed to re-create the registry info on whatever computer it's run on.

    Also some programs will rely on dll libraries that aren't in the program's install folder as well.

  • 5 months ago

    Simple flash games and the like could be played across various computers from a flash drive. Nothing worth playing will work that way, because of the numerous places larger games store files across the computer and in the registry. Even if you could find all of those various folders and files and registry entries, you would have to manually put them in the proper place to get the game to work (or write an installer yourself to do the same thing).

  • 5 months ago

    I used to load Halo 2 on flash drives and hand them out in computer class so we could all play on the same LAN..

    So yes it is very possible!

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  • 5 months ago

    Yes, you can store games on flash drives. However, you cannot run most games from them for many different reasons like inclusive_disjunction mentioned. There are some programs called "portable apps" that can be run directly without installing them. However, I don't think any major games are like this.

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