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Windows 8: Download and run software

When it comes to downloading and running software, Windows 8 is very similar to previous versions, but it is not quite the same and there are some differences. There is more security and, of course, it has a Start screen instead of a Start menu. Here we download and run a program, then add shortcuts to the desktop and tiles to the Start screen.

Go to the Desktop from the Start screen and run Internet Explorer. Go to your favourite software site, such as www.snapfiles.com, and download some programs. IE was used to download three programs from the internet and here you can see the Internet Explorer downloads window.

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In the case of PhotoFiltre, it is a zip file and there is an Open button. Click it. An Explorer window opens and displays the contents of the zip file. Click the Extract All button to copy the contents of the zip to a new folder (you could also drag the contents out).

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Now that the contents of the zip file have been copied out, you can run the program. In this case it is called PhotoFiltre7.exe. This triggers a security alert in Windows 8 that is a bit like UAC in Vista and Windows 7. The screen is locked and a message says that running this app might put your PC at risk. There is a More info link under the message. Click it.

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The publisher name is displayed if it can be determined, and sometimes it can't, and the app filename is displayed. There are also two buttons and if you are sure the program is OK you can click the Run anyway button.

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This program was supplied as a zip and it did not have any installer. This means that it did not create a menu, icon or tile to run it. However, if you right click the program you can easily do this. There is an option to Pin to Start and this adds it as a tile to the Start screen. You can pin it to the taskbar in the same way as Windows 7 pins programs to the taskbar, and you can also create a shortcut on the desktop to run the program.

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Getting to grips with downloading, installing and running software in Windows 8 is quite straightforward once you get used to it. Programs with installers are simpler and you don't need to unzip them, create shortcuts or tiles and so on, but the aim here is to show you how to cope with programs that don't, which are a bit more complicated.


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