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Murray's Tutorial for Downloading Files

Steps to Download Programs from the Internet

1. Once the download (d/l) site has been selected and the download button has been clicked, a Save In dialogue box will appear.

2. Browse via the arrow in the location field to My Downloads which should be located in My Documents. (Documents in Vista or Windows 7) If no folder has been created for downloads, create one now when browsing to My Documents (a Windows component) by clicking on the Make a Folder Icon on the toolbar in the Save In dialogue box.

3. When the My Downloads is showing in the location field, click on the Make a Folder icon again and create a folder with the name AND version plus build # (if any) of the program being downloaded. Click open and OK and the download will begin.

4. When the d/l is done, you will want to go to that folder in which the program zip file or installation routine is now located. Depending upon your download manager, you may have to browse to get to the folder or there may be an Open Folder icon available. If you have to browse, it might be a good idea to create a shortcut to My Downloads and have it available on the Desktop (DT). The easiest way is to use the SendTo>create shortcut (desktop) feature from the R click context menu. Another alternative is to have WinKey Enhancer installed on the computer and have a Keyboard shortcut available to My Downloads folder.

5. Once inside the program downloaded folder, R click the file/zip and scan with the AV scanner of choice.

6. Leave the folder open and return to your browser. For the next task, not all browser allow it, IE or some of the IE based browsers may be necessary.

Left click the icon beside the program link in the address bar and drag it to the open folder (which will minimize so drag to the folder on the taskbar and hold till the folder comes to the forefront and drop the link there. Be sure the link is to the main page of the item downloaded and not to the download page.

The purpose for this is to have the link available for referral if one forgets what a program is for and also as a means to easily pass along the link to another user, forum, list or messaging service help room.

7. The program is now available for install at anytime. To do an install, double click the .exe file and follow the prompts such as run, next, ok etc until finish. Depending upon your level of experience, most installs will be the “recommended” but as your skills progress, sometimes custom installs will be used.

8. Before installing the program, do two things. One, scan the file  with the AV scanner using the right click menu. Then set a restore point naming it "prior to install of xyz  which is the program name and version #.

9. When you install programs, read very carefully and uncheck items you do not wish to install. For example, with Spybot, you should uncheck Teatimer. For other programs, uncheck "toolbars" the program might wish to install. Some programs want to install other programs. A Java install often want to install Open Office

10. Once installed, move the folder to another folder called Installed Files in the My Downloads folder so it is available if a reinstall is required at anytime and this way you know what has been installed and what is pending as while a user may download many good programs not all get installed immediately.

As the Installed Folder increases in size, often programs may be similar but do different jobs such as spyware cleaning programs. Create a sub folder of a general category such as Spyware and drag the individual program folders into the general folder. Create other categories as needed.