Hi, I too need a portable version of Agent Ransack. I want to use it from a USB key attached to a random PC. It won't be installed (as such) on either device. I just want a minimal portable version on the USB key.
The difference between my need, and the OP's need, is that I plan to drive the portable version programatically, ie. in command-line mode, "behind the scenes". I won't ever be using the portable version's normal UI. So none of the normal UI things are relevant. Eg. I don't care whether the portable version does or doesn't remember the last search performed - because each search will be driven programatically, and the UI won't be displayed anyway.
I've tried the following approach, which is similar to, but not exactly the same as, what you said to the OP. It seems to work fine:
- Install Agent Ransack to folder 'A'.
- Create new folder 'B'.
- Copy agentransack.exe from 'A' to 'B'.
- Copy all .dll files from 'A' to 'B'.
'B' is now the portable version. I didnt copy any other files or subfolders, and I didn't do anything else like "change the folder information in Configuration -> Folders Settings".
As far as I can see, the portable version in 'B' works fine when driven programatically. It doesn't seem to update any files in 'A', so I'm assuming that it's totally independent of 'A' (though I haven't yet tried uninstalling 'A' then trying 'B' again). And the installed version of Agent Ransack still works fine (as you'd expect).
Does this sound ok? I'm currently using Agent Ransack version Release Build 762 - 2010.03.29.47911.