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Q1:While a file is downloading, can I do other things on my computer, like browse other pages or run another program?
A1: Most browsers built for Windows 95/98, or Mac 07 or 0S8, permit you to continue browsing during a download. When using one of these browsers—which include the Windows 95/98/NT versions of Internet Explorer and Navigator—you can explore another page, or even start another download, while one download is in progress. The more memory you have in your computer, the better this works. (Don't even try it if your computer has less than 32 MB of RAM—it'll act like you're standing on its lungs.)

However, regardless of how much memory you have, I always recommend that you leave your computer alone while downloading. Go get coffee, or play with the kids or something, until the download is complete. Using your computer for any other task—even an offline one—slows down both the download and whatever else you're doing, and raises the likelihood that the download might fail partway through, forcing you to start the download over again.


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