IceChat 9 can run as portable, without being installed.
The portable file is found on IceChat download page.
Extract the zip content into any subfolder which is not under. For example: c:\portable\IceChat.
Then, run the program.
If you wish to run IceChat 9 on its own, and not use the standard AppData folder for where it saves its data, use the following command.
icechat2009.exe -profile "C:\path\to\folder"
As with the installed version there are two ways to initially run IceChat 9: Import existing settings from IceChat 7 or starting with a clean setup. See the details for each option here.
Plugins and Emoticons
Each of the packs need to be extracted and moved to its expected location:
The plugins should be placed in a Plugins subfolder under the program folder. For example: c:\portable\IceChat\Plugins.
Under Windows 7 (and later), for a user named Ice9, the default Data Folder location is
For the above example, the extracted Emoticons folder should be moved to