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#1 JustShawn


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 12:43 PM

I am using an old Inspiron 1720 that runs Vista.  Yesterday I did a complete restore from factory disk in order to wipe out something that was screwing with my downloads.  Well, it is persistent, to say the least.  When I click on a downloadable link everything seems to work fine, that is in IE, Firefox, and Chrome.  Once I try to click the downloaded link I see it say "Opening", but nothing actually happens.  I can't install Adobe Flash, I can't install certain drivers I had to fish for, etc.


I tried turning off all security measures when downloading what I know to be safe downloads, still doesn't work.  I have went through Firefox and changed some things that supposedly helped, nothing.  I have not touched Chrome or IE, they are install fresh.  For a little bit IE was the way to go for installs, such as Chrome and Firefox, but now the downloaded links don't work on there either.


I forgot to mention that going to my download folder and trying to activate the downloads doesn't work either.


Let me know what you need.





Edited by JustShawn, 18 June 2016 - 12:44 PM.

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 01:45 PM



The Windows Vista have Service Pack 2 installed?


Did you install an Antivirus program?

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#3 Abzyx


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Posted 20 June 2016 - 02:15 PM

The last time I reinstalled Vista, I followed the general plan of updating Windows first and installing software later, and I did not suffer the difficulties you describe. An exception can be made for Firefox, because not even the Microsoft website supports IE 7 anymore and in many cases one might have to download SP1. (I don't think today's online installers will work with IE 7 either.) True, checking for updates for Vista SP2 consumes tremendous amounts of time and system resources these days, but a solution might have been found for that: see http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/611898/windows-vista-update-hangs-at-checking-for-updates/page-2#entry3999902. I wonder how you obtained Chrome, considering that recent versions do not support Vista? If it came from a third party, I would upload the installer to VirusTotal for analysis. I don't know of any way to install a new Adobe Flash for Chrome, To install for Firefox, go to the Flash Player download site using Firefox and it should give you the NPAPI version. If you go there using IE 9, it should give you the ActiveX version (which probably does not support IE 7 anymore, I'm not really sure).

Edited by Abzyx, 20 June 2016 - 02:17 PM.

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