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Downloading Zipped Files WinXP


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#1 miriamdances

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 12:44 AM

When I download and extract zipped files from Internet, I get window full of labelled icons and can't access the program. What should I be doing?
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Posted 12 November 2004 - 04:36 AM

I am no expert... but... I did notice your request, you should see something like "Extract files" on the left had side of the window when you are viewing the unzipped icons, just select that.

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 03:28 PM

That is probably the contents of the unzipped folder you see. The next step would be to double-click on the one that is:
  • labelled "setup"
  • unlike the others, is a icon that indicates it is the program
  • the one that is described as "an application" unlike the others
  • one that looks like a "setup or installwizard"
One of those files is the one we call "an executable" file. That one is the one that "runs" the program. It has a "file extension" .exe. The rest of 'em, like the "read me" have file extentions like .txt or .dll and they sorta help in different ways to make the software program work in Windows. It varys so much from one downloaded program to another that there is no set way to decide, exactly. If I knew which Windows type system you have I could help a little more perhaps, miriumdances :thumbsup: Once you open (double-click) the right one, the InstallWizard takes over and you are off and runnin'. Let us know how we can help you more. :flowers:
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