In my search I did find some information on AMPStart as a launcher, with it's own .ini file. I'm going to fiddle with that next.
And Izzy, I used every search except USB I guess, thanks for the link.
Userdude, we are talking about the same file, I deleted everything last night in order to start fresh and was posting from memory. At my age not such a good idea anymore. I've only been using the control panel to start the services. But I will look at the .bat files and try setting up a .inf if I am not happy with AMPStart. Important for me to be able to hand the stick off to anybody and have it run.
Tonight I will start with fresh clean installs of everything on my USB drive and get back to you folks with my results. Ah Thanksgiving, with the long weekend,
I'm starting to do some website development, mostly this is for testing and learning. I'll need to carry the results to different folks, and having everything on the thumb drive set up and working means I could even send someone else the thumb and they could play with the test site. I'll never be a full-fledged website developer, but I want to know enough to ask the right questions of someone else, as well as handle simple updates, changes, and the like on my own.