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downloaded software files won't open

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    windows 8

    downloaded software files won't open


    Hi, I apologise in advance if there is a thread already related to this


    I just bought a new windows 8 installed latpop
    I used internet explorer to download firefox and proceeded to install flash, office trial java

    flash has been crashing all week in firefox

    I then installed skip metro suite settings to disable charm and uninstalled flash

    BUT

    now when i try to download software
    - i've tried flash, spotify and fb skype function thus far

    nothing happens when i click on it, even in the containing folder
    the wait icon swirls for a bit then no action
    i've tried restarting and ending processes through task bar
    clicking on the run as administrator button which takes me to the usual warning do you want this program to make changes blah blah blah

    but when i press ok, still nothing happens!

    *i've also tried using internet explorer as the initial place of download

    I'm really confused as to why it's doing this
    help? please and thankyou

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  2. #2


    NEW DELHI
    Posts : 4
    Windows 7 ultimate x86 & Windows 8 PRO 32bit


    As you are saying the softwares are not installing properly, might be the chances you are downloading the old version of softwares which have compatibility issues with the WIN 8

    WHAT YOU CAN DO IS FIRST OF ALL DOWNLOAD THE LATEST VERSION OF SOFTWARES
    THEN RIGHT CLICK ON THEN TO INSTALL & CLICK ON TROUBLESHOOT COMPATIBILITY.
    THEN INSTALL
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    I've done that already unfortunately

    The thing is, the first time i installed flash, dc, dropbox they all opened

    i've uninstalled flash which was w.8 and now trying to reinstall it among other softwares

    THe .exe files in my downloads folders just won't open. the cursor swirls for a bit then stops, trouble shoot detects nothing
    there is no loud sound pcs usually make when you try to do something you can't, no signs pop up

    It's really strange. Pre-existing progams will load fine
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  4. #4


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    also thought i'd add that you can see on task manager after I click the flash installer.exe, it's there but not doing anything

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  5. #5


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    one more update..

    Because internet explorer has the "run" over "save" option, I tried to use that instead of firefox...the result for trying to install itunes was i get a little popup saying "launching application" and "verifying application requirements" but nothing is happening


    it's just really weird, these programs should work on windows 8
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1
    windows 8

    same thing


    Did you ever resolve this issue? I have the same problem. I have some programs saved in my downloads folder, when I try to install (click on the .exe file) the cursor swirls for a second then nothing. I've googled it and tried some minor registry edits, etc but nothing has worked so far. Please let me know if you found the fix! Thanks
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Please tell me someone has sussed this out?! I'm having the same problem and it's incredibly annoying!!
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  8. #8


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Right click the downloaded file & choose Properties & Unblock it.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Nothing on the properties appears to be blocked/disabled?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    I have the same problem. It is a real problem. Did anyone get a fix to it? Or are you still struggling?
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