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Under some conditions, it may be useful to download one or more files from a Web site, a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site, a bulletin board, and so on. At some time after you do so, you may want to open this file or files. This article describes how to open a downloaded file.
When you download a file or files by using one of the methods listed earlier in this article, the provider of the file typically includes some form of instructions that are specific to its file download process. These instructions often include steps to perform after the download process finishes.
IMPORTANT: It is important to note all of the instructions that the file provider includes with the file to ensure you can use this file after you download it. For example, many files can be downloaded from Web sites on the Internet, and many of these Web sites include detailed instructions about how to use the file after the download process.
WARNING: When you download a file, you may receive a computer virus, based on a number of different factors such as the security of the file provider, the type of file, and so on. Unless you obtain the file or files from a trusted source, Microsoft recommends you perform a virus check on any files you download before you try to open them. Note that if you open a file that contains a virus, you may experience slight to severe symptoms, possibly including data loss and/or damage to your computer hardware. Because of this, you may need to obtain and install a third-party anti-virus program before you open a downloaded file.
To open a downloaded file:
Article ID: 258809 - Last Review: January 27, 2007 - Revision: 1.3
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