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I've got a new computer, Vista on an HP. It won't

I've got a new computer, Vista on an HP. It won't let me download new files like Firefox or an old edition of Adobe - says I can't update the registry or the file is corrupt. Vista - :(

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  • honeypot60 Sep 30, 2009

    I already did all that - though your instructions didn't exactly jibe with Vista - the upshot is I turn;ed off the user account. I managed to download Firefox, now it is saying it wont extract, file is corrupt.

  • honeypot60 Sep 30, 2009

    I've tried this and the download from Adobe says "corrupt file" the download from Firefox is in my programs file but say corrupt file also. whats the deal?

  • honeypot60 Sep 30, 2009

    I'm already running "no addons" and yes, I've gone to the Firefox site and the Adobe site - they are official! Extract file says its corrupt when I try and open it using Vista Home Prem 64-bit ?

  • honeypot60 Sep 30, 2009

    Extract file says its corrupt when I try and open it using Vista Home Prem 64-bit for both Firefox and Adobe and a software program I've got a disc for. HELP

  • honeypot60 Oct 01, 2009

    the last part was helpful. aparently I'm not the only one having this problem - Of course I downloaded the most recent software! It just wouldn't do it.



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If you have Vista you should install versions that are Vista compatible.
Older versions of Adobe or Firefox won't work on Vista standard mode, but newer versions of the software are always available. Updated versions are designed for Vista and work much better.
Often you can also install older versions of applications using XP Compatibility Mode. Follow instructions from Microsoft below:
Make older programs run in this version of Windows - Windows Vista
What is program compatibility? - Windows Vista Help
If instead you have problems installing new versions of the software, ensure that you always allow system changes during the installation. You can also try clicking right button of mouse on setup file and choosing Run as Administrator from drop-down menu, instead of double clicking the file.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009


Open Control Panel.
Under User Account and Family settings click on the "Add or remove user account"
Click on one of the user accounts.
Under the user account click on the "Go to the main User Account page" link.
Under "Make changes to your user account" click on the "Change security settings" link.
In the "Turn on User Account Control (UAC) to make your computer more secure" click to unselect the "Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer". Click on the Ok button.
After you download Firefox, turn it back on now for extra security.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

  • Anonymous Sep 30, 2009

    Are you downloading from the actual Firefox website?

  • Anonymous Sep 30, 2009

    Try running IE without add-ons... (START/ALL PROGRAMS/Accessories/SYSTEM TOOLS/Internet Explorer (No Addons)



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