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11-Feb-2010, 08:48 AM #1
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Hi,

I recently upgraded to Windows 7 from Windows XP SP3. Lately, I tried to install OpenOffice on my computer. The download ran normally until it got to about 15MB downloaded. Then it abruptly finished downloading. When I tried to run the installer, it said the files were corrupted.

I tried to download the file from a mirror site, and ran into the same problem. Then I tried switching browsers (I had been using Google Chrome). Firefox and IE did not change anything. I tried downloading a patch for a video game I own, and that too did not want to install. Now, I know that the file I downloaded wasn't corrupt because I installed it on my computer when I was using XP.

I've tried running the .exe files as an administrator - no change. I'm out of ideas: what can I do so that .exe's will install?

(Please note that other file extensions (.jpg, .ppt, .pdf, etc.) do install and run fine.)
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11-Feb-2010, 09:41 PM #2
Hi and welcome to TSG could the problem lie with your antivirus or firewall
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11-Feb-2010, 10:16 PM #3
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The download ran normally until it got to about 15MB downloaded.
The entire download is 149MB, right?
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11-Feb-2010, 11:09 PM #4
@joeten: how would I find out? I'm using AVG free, and I don't know about my firewall.

@TerryNet: correct.
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12-Feb-2010, 09:56 AM #5
To find out if the problem is with a security application (other than the Windows firewall) uninstall it temporarily.

Are you sure that your problem is with downloading, and not with losing the network connection?
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12-Feb-2010, 12:09 PM #6
I've uninstalled the patch files and reinstalled them 2 or 3 times. Unlike OpenOffice, the entire file will download normally; it just won't run. Sometimes I've managed to get the OpenOffice file to download 40 MB before going on the fritz. So I'm pretty sure it's a problem with downloading and not losing the connection. But just in case I'm wrong, how would I be able to check and find out?
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12-Feb-2010, 01:36 PM #7
You'd probably notice something (around the Notification Area) telling you your connection was lost or re-connected.

Are you using an ethernet or wireless connection? If wireless have you tried ethernet to see if the same problems occur?

After installing Windows 7 did you get the Windows 7 or Vista drivers from Dell's (assuming the computer in your Specs) web site for at least the chipset and networking? If not, this could be a not-quite-correct driver problem.
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12-Feb-2010, 03:57 PM #8
Hi Terry makes some very good points also I downloaded and installed open office last night with no hitches so I think the dl is ok
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12-Feb-2010, 06:04 PM #9
That's probably it, Terry, I'll search out the drivers. Thanks and I'll get back to you.
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12-Feb-2010, 06:09 PM #10
OK, I looked for the drivers on dell.com, but according to them, My model (Precision 360) doesn't have Windows 7 Drivers. Does this mean I'm completely out of luck?
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12-Feb-2010, 10:18 PM #11
Use Vista drivers if they exist. That's what I'm using on my HP.
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13-Feb-2010, 12:21 AM #12
Vista's out, too. I'm going to try XP drivers. It should work because it worked when I used XP, right?
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13-Feb-2010, 12:29 AM #13
OK, I tried to install the XP Network Driver from http://support.dell.com/support/down...&catid=&impid=, but it said it couldn't be unpacked. I really don't know what to do.

Also: I installed a program from a disc and it worked fine, so it's definitely a network problem.

Thanks for all your help so far.
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Vista's out, too. I'm going to try XP drivers. It should work because it worked when I used XP, right?
In rare cases the XP drivers may work with Windows 7 or Vista.

See if the NIC's manufacturer has a Windows 7 or Vista driver. If so, that one may work (if you're lucky).

If you get a PCI or USB NIC that has Windows 7 drivers it may work.
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13-Feb-2010, 11:03 AM #15
Hi you may find this usefull http://www.techsupportforum.com/hard...d-drivers.html with thanks to BCCOMP at TSF
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