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OpenOffice 3.2.1 portable

If you’re in a hurry, the download link is at the very end of this post.

As you can guess from my previous posts, I’m a heavy user of portable applications. This allows for use of much more up-to-date software than our understaffed IT team can provide. I like using as my source of portable applications, but the only problem with them is that they usually take ages to release updated versions. I understand that this is because they take great care to release perfectly tested and stable things, but come on, waiting a few weeks after a major release to get the portable version is just… very frustrating. So, I usually “do some stuff” with the current launcher and an updated install I make at home or the program auto-updater (particularly for Firefox and Minefield).

This time I tried with OpenOffice, because the 3.2.1 version launches so much faster than the 3.1.1 I currently use at work (I heard there was some serious bugs with 3.2 so I didn’t test it much, but it seems as slow as 3.1.1). What I did was I took the portable installation of OpenOffice 3.2 from PortableApps, grabbed an installation of OpenOffice 3.2.1 and used it to write over the files of OpenOffice 3.2 portable. Finally, while I was at it I also packed in Java 1.6.0_20. That’s the first time ever I try to include Java in a portable install of OpenOffice, so just, you know, beware 😀

I then tested this on a Windows XP installation without OpenOffice installed but with Java installed. And it seemed to work fine on this particular setting. So, before I finally give you the download link, remember:

  1. this is not AT ALL a tested and stable release (I’ll test it tomorrow at work, I really need an updated OpenOffice there!)
  2. this is not AT ALL a PortableApps release (but I did use their OpenOffice 3.2 launcher, which is NOT supposed to be appropriate for OOo 3.2.1, exactly as is)

All clear? Well, here’s the link (7-Zip archive, 105 MiB): OpenOffice 3.2.1 portable [link removed because MU was taken down by the FBI – the link used to point to:].
Edit: ok, I just tested it at work, and it doesn’t work. My best guess is that my Java version there is too outdated (1.4.2 update 9, FFS…) so I’m leaving the download link available, but know that it probably won’t work for you either.
Edit 2: if you try it, please leave a comment saying if it works or not (and in both case, what version, if any, of Java you had installed on the PC where you tested the app).

Posted in LibreOffice & OpenOffice, portable software.

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  1. DaveF says


    Can we please have a version of 3.2.1 without Java? I run this on my HDD but I loathe the Registry and as OOO adds a huge number of registry entries, I always prefer the Portable app when available.

    Thanks again!

  2. patheticcockroach says

    Wow, great, so basically you’re saying it works, right? 🙂
    I’ll make a version without Java later today, but what’s the problem you have with the included Java? (Does it mess up with your current Java installation or something?)

    Edit: ah, sry I forgot, will do it tomorrow…

  3. DaveF says

    Thanks! I got a small error when unzipping, but initial test of Writer is a-ok!

    I wasn’t having any Java related issues, just wanted to avoid using any version that fills the Registry. Thanks again!

  4. patheticcockroach says

    Great! Glad to have some positive feedback, since, as I said, this package failed to run on my office computer. There’s been quite a few downloads and I was wondering if it was failing for everybody or working for them 🙂

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