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Download problems with XP

By Marylou ·
I recently got a new computer with XP Home installed. Since then, I have been unable to download PDF files from Tech Republic. I have "allowed" the page in my firewall, allowed pop-ups, and checked every setting I can think of. Any ideas?


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by Toivo Talikka In reply to Download problems with XP

Have you downloaded and installed Adobe Reader or any other reader capable of reading PDF files?

You can find the free Adobe Reader at

The size of the download is 19.8MB. When you go to Help - Check For Updates Now... you can download three updates which are quite big as well.

The free Foxit Reader is only 1MB and you can find it at

If you want to install Foxit Reader and go to the website, click the download button in the left hand navigation bar and download After the download double click the zipped folder and copy and paste the file Foxit Reader.exe to a folder where you want to use it from. No installation is necessary. When you first run it, it asks you if you want to make it your default PDF reader.

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by Marylou In reply to Download problems with XP

I have Acrobat Reader v.7.0. It came installed on the new computer.

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by Halfpint In reply to Download problems with XP

Maybe you have a problem with Internet Explorer, in which case I would try downloading Firefox which is free (and a 'worthy cause') as an alternative browser. Go to its a fairly small download. Also check to see if Acrobat is opening files already on your computer. Downloading by right-clicking and using save-as would be another suggestion.

Regards, Martin

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by hozcanhan In reply to Download problems with XP

in ie settings what is the option when a pdf file is called . is it to open it or download it . if it is a big pdf and your internet connection is slow , you won't be able to open it . You can by pass the problem by installing a download software and linking it to pdf files. Thus , when you try to access a pdf file the download manager will ask you if you want to download it ! good luck .

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Download problems with XP

OK since you already have Adobe Reader 7 the most likely thing is that your security permiossions are set too high in IE too allow the download of some items in this case PDF files.

On the top menu go to Tools left click on that and then go down to Internet Options and then left click on that and when the next window opens left click on Privicy then do the following. Move the slider to Low and remove the tick in the box that disables popups that should get things moving for you but you'll get indinated with Popup on other Web Sites.


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