Vivaldi installation is dead
I have used Vivaldi since the first unstable releases. Now I had to create a Standalone version because I need to have a proper browser on a locked down Windows installation using white listing of apps. Vivaldi is not there.
I created the standalone version, transported it using an usb stick to the other computer, and tried to start Vivaldi on my regular laptop. The shortcuts are gone and reinstallation does not work.
I rely heavily on Vivaldi, hence my daily work now is slowed down. How can I get Vivaldi back?
BTW, it works fine on the other locked down computer
BTW: No Vivaldi icon is created. A generic icon is visible and it appears to me that Vivaldi thinks it still is installed on my usb stick as a standalone version.
So.. probably my mistake since I installed the standalone verison on the usb stick from a computer having the desktop version already installed.
Now.. how do I tell Vivaldi it really is a desktop app, not a standalone app?
I can't follow your narrative. Maybe you could spell it out more specifically, using computer 1, computer 2, computer 3. Pretty sure a standalone on USB should run on another machine, but not all of the data and settings will transfer. The only machine it will run on "as installed," is the one on which you installed it.
zaibon last edited by zaibon
As I understood your problem
1.) you had Vivaldi installed on computer 1
2.) you put an usb stick into computer 1 and installed vivaldi as standalone on the usb stick
3.) you unplugged it from computer 1 and put it into computer 2 to copy the vivaldi standalone version there
4.) you noticed that the vivaldi icon is gone on computer 1
Is this correct so far or did I messed it up?
Additional question: does the standalone version work on computer 2?
Registry tells me that Vivaldi thinks it is installed on my usb drive now. I disconnect it and try to run the installer again, I can see that the application folder shows up on PC1 during the setup, but it disappears again.
My usb stick is write protected now and I cannot unlock it either(using admin). I'm pretty stuck and I panic. Now I realize how important Vivaldi is to me.. :o
@ravis To be honest I am a bit irritated by the fact that installing viv on an usb drive erased your normal installation.
As a - hopefully temporary - workaround my suggestion would be that you try to install Vivaldi on your pc1 again but this time as standalone and please make sure that it gets installed in a completely different installfolder than your old "normal" install. (Like choose as install directory your desktop or a different harddrive - just to make sure nothing interferes with each other)
@zaibon Yes, the standalone works fine on the locked down computer2. The locked down environment runs a white list of applications that are allowed to run. Vivaldi is not on that list(stuck with IE). However, the locked down environment contains a folder(access controlled to allow IT staff to run apps) and from this folder the Standalone Vivaldi runs OK
I, amongst other, confused Standalone with Portable App
@zaibon Thanks! Installing to a different folder did the trick! The new installation even used my old Profile, so everything is kept!
@ravis Glad to hear that it is working again but that your profile is still there makes it even more strange
@zaibon Help about displays that the executable resides within the new folder and that the profile patch is \AppData\Local\Vivaldi\User Data\Default
I can live with that....
A true Portable App version would be smooooth!
PC1=Fully working Vivaldi(normal)
I used PC1 to create a Standalone(usb). I confused Standalone with Portable App
PC2= The usb stick works fine!
Back on PC1 the Vivaldi intallation is lost(User Data persists). The usb stick is protected and impossible to delete or modify
PC1=Intalled to a new folder = Everything is OK, even old User Data
I will reintall Win10 on PC1 anyway, but lesson learned. A true portable app should be adressed by the Vivaldi team
As for the portable use of the standalone version - I use it also for the computers at work so I always carry a thumb drive around with a standalone version. But every time I put a new one on an usb stick I install it on a pc as a standalone in a folder only for this purpose - configure it to my likings and ad µblock origin (as this extension will still work if you copy the whole thing) next I copy it to the stick.
Regarding the "read only" problem your usb stick shows you - is the read only part for the whole usb stick or only for the vivaldi folder on it? If it is only for the vivaldi part this might be the update-notifications that is running. You can disable it in Settings --> Update --> untick the only available option try again do delete