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    Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    I'm having trouble trying to figure out how to explain my concern. Bear with me if I'm not to clear.

    When you download using IE, you're given a choice to install now or save to disk. With Firefox I only have the option to Save to disk (my desktop). Is there something, somewhere that will allow programs to install the way they do in IE?
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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    Does the OpenDownload extension do what you want? It allows you to open ANY file (executables, etc.) from the internet into the default program assigned by your operating system, without needing to save it first.

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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    FWIW, I always save to disk. That way I can be sure that I scan the download for viruses. Maybe I'm being old fashioned, because an active antivirus program should scan files before opening. Also, under Tools/Options/Downloads, there is an option to ask where to save. Checking that also allows you the option to open. (I'm still using an older version of Firefox, though.)

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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    Another reason to "Save" the download:
    You can archive the download in case you ever have to re-install the program. This sometimes comes in handy when "upgrades" don't behave as they should and you have to revert to a previous version which may no longer be readily available for download.

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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    I presume you know that Firefox does this by design, to prevent malware and other nasties from getting installed onto your computer...
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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    I haven't installed any extensions since I installed the new version. Only a few that I had previously were compatible with 1.0. I'll get the OpenDownload extension and let you know if it does what I want it to do. Thanks loads for the suggestion, I'll get back to you just as soon as I know.
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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    Sometimes the things II'm trying to install have instructions to use Open for the program to install correctly. When that happens I have to switch over to IE.
    For instance, Windows Update Hotfixes have instructions to choose Open if you want to install now, or select Save if you want to open later. I prefer to have the computer open it, then I know it's installed in the right place. I'm a modern woman and the new stuff is right down my alley.
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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    I thought about doing that, but sometimes the download files are so large and running out of space is a major concern for me.
    When I took my computer to the shop to be repaired they removed my second hard drive that I was using for storage and to save download files like you are talking about.. Until I get another HD I'll have to be careful about how much space I use. I have tons of programs and they take preceedence over install files.

    Thanks for heads up, you reminded me that I have to get to the computer store as soon as possible.
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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    Yes, I'm aware of that. Another reason I'm so crazy about Firefox..
    I'm also aware that the extensions you install can turn your Browser into anything yoy want it to be. & look any way you want it to look. That's the beauty of Firefox, it's the users choice and not Redmond's.
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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    Just a note: for Windows Update, you'll still need to use Internet Explorer. It uses an ActiveX control; Firefox does not run any ActiveX controls. (Well, I've heard there's a plug-in...)

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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    I've done a Google search for the plug-in but it eludes me. If someone knows where to find it we all would appreciate the information,at least I would..
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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    Just to be clear, I think a plug-in to run ActiveX controls in Firefox is a crazy idea and should not be developed! But obviously these things are not up to me. I don't actually know whether the plug-in has reached a stable state, it was just something I stumbled across when looking at numerous plug-in projects last month. Until someone finishes the job, which may be never, it would be better to use Internet Explorer for Windows Update.

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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    If you really want the ActiveX plug-in it is available from mozdev.org. I agree with Jefferson about this plug-in and would never install it.

    This is what the mozdev site says about the plug-in
    <hr>There is an ActiveX plugin available for Mozilla. However, installing it can cause many problems, including crashes and conflicts with installed plugins. It is generally recommended that you do not install this plugin, unless you are specifically instructed to do so. If you install it and have problems, the only support you will usually get is "Uninstall the ActiveX plugin". You have been warned.<hr>

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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    After reflecting on the Active X plug-in, I totollay agree. I can be in and out of IE before any bugs catch me.

    Thanks for replying, you've been a big help.
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    Re: Download Question (Firefox 1.0)

    I capitulate and bow to the more knowledable opinions of my peers..
    Both you and Jefferson know more about these things, I'm just a novice using Firefox.
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