Q: I am new to computers.  How do I download ZIP files?

A: Let's take this one step at a time...

Before you begin downloading, I would recommend that you create a NEW folder (directory) on your hard drive for TEMPORARY download files. It would be best to create this new folder directly underneath the C: drive and call this new folder DOWNLOAD. This is where you can place newly acquired downloaded files.

So...let's get started...

1) If you are using Windows 95/98, open up Explorer. You can find Explorer by clicking the Start button, then choose Programs, then choose Windows Explorer. (If you are using Windows 3.1, then click here).

2) Left mouse click on your C: drive icon located in the left side panel so that it is highlighted.

3) Choose File from the Main Menu.

4) Choose New, then choose Folder.

5) Name the folder: Download

Note: You will only need to create this Download folder once in your life. Once this procedure has been accomplished, in the future you can proceed directly to the following steps:

6) Once you have created a folder named Download, you can now surf on the Web until you find a ZIP file you wish to download. A good place to start practicing would be www.pcshareware.com/programs/testing123.zip  You can type this into your browser and within seconds the following window will appear (or something similar to this window):

7) When your browser displays this window, it is asking you where you would like to store (or save) this new file.   Make sure the "Save this file to disk" radio button is turned on, and then click "OK".

Note: If you are using a Netscape browser such as Communicator or Navigator, then click here.

Note: If you are using Microsoft's Internet Explorer and the above window does not appear, then click here.

8) Double click on the new Download folder that you created minutes earlier. The TESTING123.ZIP file will then be downloaded (copied) to your C:\Download folder. 

9) Once the download is complete, simply use Windows Explorer or My Computer to go to the Download folder, and double click on the TESTING123.ZIP file.  Assuming that you have The Unzip Wizard installed, the double click will automatically launch The Unzip Wizard software program.  The rest will be self-explanatory.

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