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Run SKYPE on a USB Thumb Drive

04 October 2013
There are several methods of transferring Skype to a USB - I combined two to ensure that my stick would work in any situation on any computer - at home, work, school, library, internet cafe, wherever.

You may have to play around a bit - on some computers I was able to initiate Skype by clicking on the .exe file without using either .bat file while other computers preferred one .bat over the other.

Follow the following steps and Skype would run from your USB drive.

  1. Only Skype version 1.4 or later supports a removable configuration. Download the latest version if required.
  2. Create a folder \Skype on your USB drive.
  3. Secure the folder if you worry about people peeking into your data if you lose your USB drive. Read the USB drive owner’s manual for more details.
  4. Copy skype.exe into \Skype. You can find the program in “C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone”.
  5. Create a batch file runSkype.bat in the \Skype folder using Notepad. Within that file, insert the following command line just as it's seen here:
  6. start skype.exe /removable /datapath:"\Skype"
  7. Once the .bat file has been created you start Skype by either browsing to the Skype folder on the thumb drive or going to Start-> run and execute the batch file: run Skype.bat (e:\Skype\runSkype.bat for instance) If you run the skype.exe file you may receive an error stating that the file is not a valid Win32 application.

If you want to use the existing profile on your current computer:

Copy all files and folders within: For Windows '98 / ME / 2000 / XP - “c:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Skype” to \Skype on the USB drive 

Windows Vista - "c:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Skype" to \Skype on the USB drive 

Copy the following folders to \Skype on the USB drive: “My Documents\My Skype Content” “My Documents\My Skype Pictures” “My Documents\My Skype Received Files”

Here's the alternate set of instructions: 

How to set up Skype to run from a USB flash drive:

  1. Download Skype and install it on your computer. (or, if you have already installed Skype on your computer, continue to step 2)
  2.   Find skype.exe file where it was installed. (Normally found at C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\skype.exe) 
  3. On your USB drive create a folder and name it "Skype" and copy skype.exe into this folder 
  4. Create another folder in this Skype folder on the USB drive and name it "Data" 
  5. Create a new file in Notepad and name it "skype.bat" 
  6. Open the "skype.bat" file and add the following text: skype.exe /datapath:"Data" /removable

That's all! Now you are ready to run Skype from your USB drive. Just plug it into any PC and click on the skype.bat file. This will run Skype from your USB drive.

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