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Q:  I have unzipped a file successfully, but how come The Unzip Wizard does not install the files for me?  I've just unzipped a screen saver that I downloaded from the Internet, but I can't get the screen saver installed!  How come The Unzip Wizard can't install my screen saver?

A: Let's start with some basics...

Unzipping ZIP files is easy using the Unzip Wizard. Just double click on a ZIP file from within "My Computer" or open a ZIP file attached to your email, or download a ZIP file from a web site and the Unzip Wizard will pop-up automatically.  Once you see The Unzip Wizard on your screen, click the "Next >" button to proceed past the copyright screen.  You will then see your internal files listed on the screen within the Unzip Wizard. They are typically all highlighted (selected in blue) to start with (see below):

Next, YOU must specify  WHERE you wish the internal files to be unzipped (unpacked) to.  That is, where on your hard drive do you want the internal files placed?  The Unzip Wizard will unzip your files to a destination of your choosing. You must know WHERE the unzipped files should be placed.  Next, you also need to know what to do with the unzipped files once they have been successfully unzipped.  If you are not knowledgeable as to what to do with the unzipped files, then you need to contact the company or person that provided you with the ZIP file in the first place.  They will instruct you on what you must do to install the files that you have just unzipped.

Unzipping files is the Unzip Wizard's job...yes.  But WHERE the files are unzipped to on your hard drive and what you do with the unzipped files is YOUR responsibility.

From your question, it appears that you are confusing UNZIPPING files with INSTALLING files. You appear to think that just because you can unzip a ZIP file that this must mean that you have installed the files. This is not true. Unzipping a ZIP file is like taking pieces of a jigsaw puzzle out of it's container. Installing the unzipped files is like putting the puzzle pieces together into a complete picture. Unzipping and installing files are two separate steps, (although they are related in that you often have to unzip a file before you can install it).

In short, The Unzip Wizard unzips files. Next, you must install the files yourself (if necessary).

How do you install programs?  Most programs that have been placed inside a ZIP file will include an Installation Wizard, and typically this installation utility will either be named INSTALL.EXE or SETUP.EXE    After you have successfully unzipped a ZIP file, you will be greeted with this final screen:

You will notice a very large rectangular button, containing a folder image on it.  If you click on this button, you will taken to the folder where your files have been unzipped to.  Once you click this button, you will be leaving The Unzip Wizard, and launching Window's "My Computer" (see below):

The contents of this "My Computer" window will vary, since this will display those files that you have just unzipped.  If you are trying to install a program, you should find a file named INSTALL.EXE or SETUP.EXE    Simply double click on the INSTALL.EXE or SETUP.EXE and the program's installation wizard will appear.  Keep in mind, that at this point, you are not running The Unzip Wizard.  You are on your own from this point forward.


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