SMPlayer is one of the two media players that I'm using all the time on my Windows system (the other is VLC Media Player). You are probably wondering why two players and not just one: well, both have their advantages, that's why.
You can download SMPlayer from the official website of the project.
What some may not know is that downloads are provided there for a Windows installer, which will install the player on the system, but also for a portable version for 32-bit or 64-bit versions of the operating system which you can also download from the official site.
Just visit the downloads page on the website and click on the "see more packages" button in the Windows group.
All alternative packages are displayed to you including the portable versions.
Note: The portable versions of SMPlayer are packed with 7-zip. You need a program that is capable of extracting 7z files to unpack the player on your system.
One advantage of the portable version is that it does not come with third-party offers. While you can also download a setup version without offers, it is easier to distinguish this way.
The portable version of SMPlayer won't associate any files with it automatically. It is still possible to do so, but you need to associate the file types manually with the player by right-clicking on them in windows and select a different "open with" provider.
The player works for the most part just like the regular version. It supports all different video and audio codecs out of the box so that you do not have to go "codec-hunting" to find appropriate codecs for your media files before you can play them.
There are however a couple of difference. One that I have already mentioned is that the player won't associate with any media file type as it is not installed.
The differences between the portable and installation version are the following:
The main use would be to put the portable version on a stick and use it on computers that do not allow installations and only come with Media Player installed. It can also be useful to keep a PC clean by preferring not to install software on it but to run it right away from any location it is placed in.
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