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Running programs which are not installed


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#1 clayto

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 01:54 PM

I have never downloaded a program which you do not install. How do you run them?  I have downloaded O&O ShutUp10 but there is nothing on my desktop or File Explorer to click on in order to launch it. How do you do it?

 



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Posted 09 October 2015 - 02:02 PM

Hi clayto :)

Since you downloaded it from your web browser, did you check the Downloads folder to see if it was there?

C:\Users\$USERNAME\Downloads

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 02:02 PM

What I am about to say applies to older windows versions (7/8/8.1/xp/vista) but might no longer be true for windows 10.

Some programs install, these are programs which have to place extra files for themselves into various places on the system before they can run. Most programs are in this category, you download an installer*, run it, it extracts files from itself, places them in various folders, alters any system settings it needs to change, adds any scheduled tasks it needs to add...then it is able to run once this is done.

Some programs can simply be run on demand, no installation needed, these programs are enitely self contained in an exe file and can be run just by running it (a lot of the scanner programs hosted here are this sort of program), this type of program is common for "small" programs which do a few quick tasks but rare for "large" program with loads of features. These run out of whatever folder they are saved in when you open them.

*Note that the installer itself is a program of that second kind, it runs on demand as a little program which creates the conditions necessary for the main program to be installed and then run.

Edited by rp88, 09 October 2015 - 02:02 PM.

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Posted 09 October 2015 - 02:49 PM

I have found it and I opened it, not with WinZip which I paid quite a bit for but which did not work; instead with WinOpener a free app from the Windows Store.






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