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Run instead of Save


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prettyvacant

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I am currently running Windows 7, 32-bit on a Compaq Presario. Previously I was using Windows Vista.

When I was on Vista and I downloaded a program, I always chose the "Run" option instead of "Save." I'd rather not clutter up my desktop or My Documents folder so this option worked nicely. Once the program was finishing saving to my temporary internet folder, the program itself would launch and then I could go through the install process.

Now that I have upgraded to Windows 7, I have noticed that if I choose the "Run" option the program will download and then close. It never launches or "pop up" so that I can continue the install process. This has forced me to choose the "Save" option instead. It's not a huge deal as I usually just save the program to my Desktop and then delete once I install the program.

Just curious as to why this is happeening. Could not really find any threads online about this problem. Has this function changed in Windows 7? Or is there some way I can edit my download options so that programs launch once they have installed? I know I can uncheck the "close this dialog box once download completes" but I never had to do that in the past. I usually keep this option checked so that when I download music I don't have to close each dialog box.


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wizzy2k5

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Hello

The run feature does work in Windows 7 as in the other versions of Windows it does differ to which web browser you are using to download the files with. I have tested 3 browsers for this and have came up with the following

  • Internet Explorer = run, save or cancel
  • Google Chrome = save or discard
  • Safari = run, save or cancel
If you are using Google Chrome when you will not see the run option so you will need to use Internet Explorer or Safari to get this. If you are using Internet Explorer you may need to repair the installation or upgrade to a newer version. When I was using Windows Vista it wouldn't let me remove it so I had to use another browser. I have not tested it on Firefox as of yet so I can't comment on that.

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LilDude772

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Hello

The run feature does work in Windows 7 as in the other versions of Windows it does differ to which web browser you are using to download the files with. I have tested 3 browsers for this and have came up with the following

  • Internet Explorer = run, save or cancel
  • Google Chrome = save or discard
  • Safari = run, save or cancel
If you are using Google Chrome when you will not see the run option so you will need to use Internet Explorer or Safari to get this. If you are using Internet Explorer you may need to repair the installation or upgrade to a newer version. When I was using Windows Vista it wouldn't let me remove it so I had to use another browser. I have not tested it on Firefox as of yet so I can't comment on that.

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@ the list: There are times, however, where you can just right-click your download after its finished downloading, and see what options come up there.
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Hello

The run feature does work in Windows 7 as in the other versions of Windows it does differ to which web browser you are using to download the files with. I have tested 3 browsers for this and have came up with the following

  • Internet Explorer = run, save or cancel
  • Google Chrome = save or discard
  • Safari = run, save or cancel
If you are using Google Chrome when you will not see the run option so you will need to use Internet Explorer or Safari to get this. If you are using Internet Explorer you may need to repair the installation or upgrade to a newer version. When I was using Windows Vista it wouldn't let me remove it so I had to use another browser. I have not tested it on Firefox as of yet so I can't comment on that.

Regards


@ the list: There are times, however, where you can just right-click your download after its finished downloading, and see what options come up there.


LilDude772 you are correct when the download has finished you can run the file however this user doesn't want to save the file. What they are wanting to do is download the file and run it right after the download has completed without saving the file.
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after the download appears to have downloaded successfully but does not come up with anything substantial to indicate that it has installed, searches for the file are unsuccessful, IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ONE CAN DO TO FIND OUT WHERE THIS DOWNLOAD HAS LANDED ?? Is there some folder one should be able to find it and proceed or is it out in space someplace ??
Sorry to butt in on this person's challenge but i have nearly decided to add a foot to the computer.trying to resolve this download challenge....... oops
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after the download appears to have downloaded successfully but does not come up with anything substantial to indicate that it has installed, searches for the file are unsuccessful, IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ONE CAN DO TO FIND OUT WHERE THIS DOWNLOAD HAS LANDED ?? Is there some folder one should be able to find it and proceed or is it out in space someplace ??
Sorry to butt in on this person's challenge but i have nearly decided to add a foot to the computer.trying to resolve this download challenge....... oops


If you are talking about saving the file it will save to where you have told it to (for example with Internet Explorer and Safari) then you will need to double click and install it. If the program was for example 123.exe a typical place would be C:\users\username\desktop\123.exe

If you are talking about where you download and run the file afterwards it will probably be located in the tempory files and you can get to these like this

  • Hold the Windows key and press r
  • type in "temp" without the quotes and hit enter
  • search for the file

or

  • Hold the Windows key and press r
  • type in "%temp%" without the quotes and hit enter (this is a different temporary file location)
  • search for the file

Most files if clicked in run will appear in either one of these temporary locations. If in Google Chrome it will probably be in the downloads folder. Also please refrain using capitals as its considered as shouting. I hope this has answered your question.

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after the download appears to have downloaded successfully but does not come up with anything substantial to indicate that it has installed, searches for the file are unsuccessful, IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ONE CAN DO TO FIND OUT WHERE THIS DOWNLOAD HAS LANDED ?? Is there some folder one should be able to find it and proceed or is it out in space someplace ??
Sorry to butt in on this person's challenge but i have nearly decided to add a foot to the computer.trying to resolve this download challenge....... oops


If you are talking about saving the file it will save to where you have told it to (for example with Internet Explorer and Safari) then you will need to double click and install it. If the program was for example 123.exe a typical place would be C:\users\username\desktop\123.exe

If you are talking about where you download and run the file afterwards it will probably be located in the tempory files and you can get to these like this

  • Hold the Windows key and press r
  • type in "temp" without the quotes and hit enter
  • search for the file

or

  • Hold the Windows key and press r
  • type in "%temp%" without the quotes and hit enter (this is a different temporary file location)
  • search for the file

Most files if clicked in run will appear in either one of these temporary locations. If in Google Chrome it will probably be in the downloads folder. Also please refrain using capitals as its considered as shouting. I hope this has answered your question.

Regards

@ whoever was replying to my post, THat you can also do by double clicking the file, or right click it in the DOwnloads menu, and click "open containing folder" and than double click it when you find it.

@ quoted post: Hm...seems people don't know the power of right clicking. xD
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LilDude772 it was me replying to you and me replying headwayne.

LilDude772 we are not talking about when the file has downloaded and running the file after it has been saved. For example when you download a file from example Mozilla Firefox it has a downloads box. We are not wanting to manually running it from there. You are correct in right clicking the file to run it after it has been downloaded however this is not the case. What the user is wanting to do is when the file has downloaded they are wanting to run the file automatically without manually clicking the file it-self. I hope I am making sense if not please try this however do not install :D

  • Download 7-Zip from here
  • Click the download button and select run (please note this will only work on Internet Explorer and Safari which are the ones I have tested). This will not work on Google Chrome
  • The file will start to download when it has click run again
  • The installation will start without you doing a thing then if you wish continue the installation
If you do this you will see that no right click is needed and no need to save the file directly to any part of your machine. Also 7-Zip is an archiving tool which is used to compress files into for example zip files, rar files etc...

Regards

Edited by wizzy2k5, 23 January 2011 - 09:26 AM.

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Well, i am not properly explaining my challenge, I guess (and the caps were to emphasize how long i have been working on this and the frustration it is causing. Sorry if you were offended.
regardkess if how i click on something that i wish to download and install it goes to the frame that i can opt to run save cancel Choose run and the process appears to be working. AT the point where one would then be given the option to install it just never happens, that part does not show up. My thinking and question about where to locate the file if it had indeed been loaded someplace that i could locate it or what==== I have tried saving these also so i could locate it and try to install from that option - cannot find anything. I attempted your suggestion with the window button and r. Nothing happened there either.
again i am sorry to have butted in and am most appreciative of the attention to this matter
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AT the point where one would then be given the option to install it just never happens

headwayne if you don't mind me asking when you download and save something for example 7-Zip as above if you goto the file it-self and double click it (or right click and run) to begin the installation does it begin to install from there? also while I am replying I do have a random question to ask has anything unusual been happening to your computer when this error came around? example going slower than unusual?

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i can click on run and or save and it goes thru the motions but when it come to install nothing. when i try to locate the file in temp or downloads there is nothing there.
I have gone to services.msc and clicked on that and made sure it was in manual and started windows installer but no help there either. is there some other setting that i have missed in this process ???
again, I am really appreciating your assistance. :D
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Hello

I think I know what you are meaning but in easy language it will download but not install? Please goto kells korner and download the exe fix patch. You need to download number 12 and it should come up with exefix for the download. Make sure you select save for this one and save it to your desktop. This says its for Windows XP but I have tested it on Windows 7 and it works the same.

C:\Users\your username\desktop

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ye, I understand you loud n clear.

I think what he/she is thinking of is the Run Auto. feature on Internet Explorer, not other browsers.
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