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Chapter 28. Downloading Files > Finding Files Online

Finding Files Online

Before you can use any of the programs available online, you first have to find them and then download them from their current locations to your PC. There are some variations to the procedure, but overall, it's pretty straightforward. In a nutshell, all you have to do is the following:

1.
Create a special download folder on your computer's hard drive—typically in the My Documents folder

2.
Find and download the file you want.

3.
If the file was compressed (with a ZIP extension), decompress the file using Windows XP Extraction Wizard, as discussed in Chapter 6, “Working with Files and Folders.”

4.
If the file you downloaded was a software program, you'll need to install the software. Installation instructions are usually included somewhere on the download information page or in a readme file included with the file download. In most cases, installation involves running a file named setup.exe or install.exe; after the setup program launches, follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.

caution

If you download files from less-recognized Web sites, you might be at risk of downloading a file infected with a computer virus. To learn more about viruses, see Chapter 30, “Protecting Your PC from Viruses, Spam, and Other Nuisances.”

5.
Delete the compressed file you originally downloaded.


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