OS, Windows Vista Home (probably my biggest problem)
I was downloading an update on a firefox Add-on when my page froze. When I re-booted I couldn't get on Firefox. I entered the web via IE and tried to reinstall Firefox. It downloads the program but refuses to open it. I just get a message that Windows can't open firefox and it will get back to me if there is a solution. Well it's been 2 weeks and I still can't open any programs I download including firefox. I'm stuck using IE which is so inferior (in my opinion ) to firefox.
Any ideas out there
I had the same problem under Vista (downloads were actually deleted after reaching 100%). The problem is, that firefox by default tries to scan the files for viruses. To disable this scan just open in the firefox "about:config" page (extended configuration of FF) and set parameter browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone to false.
whoever said to turn off UAC (User Account Control)... THANK YOU!!! for anyone not knowing how to do it, go into control panel, click on user accounts, then click it again, then look for the option to turn it off or on. simple as that. restart your computer and hopefully itll work for you too. I looked into UAC too... and basically, gives you no protection
Hey, if ur using Vista open the start menu. In the darker column to the right (with the Documents, pictures, music etc. folders) there should be one with your name (or the name of your profile) at the top. If you click that you'll see a bunch of folders.. you're going to want to open the Downloads folder. All of your downloads should be in there.
Had this same problem, was downloading software on vista but once downloaded, No matter where I looked it was no where to be found.
I uninstalled AVG Free 8 still couldn't find download nothing, so then I tried via IE instead of Mozilla firefox, voila my download is found.
Thanks for the advice everyone was running out of ideas and saved my poor laptop taking a trip threw my window xDHE MY
I had AVG 7.5 and 8 on my computer but had previously uninstalled them. They were still on the Programs menu so I removed them. I was unable to download from Firefox, the item would sit in the downloads box but could not be clicked on or opened. I tried in Safari but received a message that the file could not be opened because it had been moved. I checked the Downloads folder, nothing there.
Ultimately I opened Google Chrome and was able to download. I'm still not sure what is going on but thought I'd offer this temporary solution in case anyone needs to download something ASAP.
how fast is your internet connection? What is the file sizes you are trying to download?
I am assuming that you have a relatively good connection but are trying to download a large file. When it hits 99%, it will stall for a second, you will see a copy file window pop up, then after that finishes, it will hit 100% and you can open it. If you have a really slow HDD (5400rpm) it could take a little while.
it isn't because of his browser, the files just take a second to copy over from the temporary internet file location that it initally downloads to, to the location he specified. Some systems do this slower than others.