Installing 7-Zip and Firefox on Windows 7

7-zip

7-zip is software that allows you to open and extract.zip,.rar files, this type of file is a compressed file that can contain multiple files and folders, and is normally used to shrink a large file down to save space or to group up files for easier transfer/sending.

  1. Go to 7-zip’s website and select the “Download” link from the left hand side.
  2. Then select the correct download link, most will select the top one.
  3. Once selected you should get redirected to a “source forge” website this is normal, you should now get a pop up asking you to, Run, Save or Cancel. Click on Run
  4. Once the file has downloaded to your computer you should get another pop box asking you if you’re sure that you want to run this programme, click yes.
  5. Now the programme has started to install you will see a screen that shows you the option where you want the installed files to be places (Destination Folder). Leave this, unless you need/want to customise the install. Then click on “Install”
  6. The install will complete and you will see the screen has changed and now shows a “Finish” button, click it.
  7. Now to check that the software has been install correctly click on the windows start button on the left bottom side of the screen, you should see 7-zip under Programs click on it and then select “7-Zip File Manager” and if installed correctly then the software will launch.

Firefox

Firefox is software that allows you to browse the internet, allowing you to serve the internet with easy and fast. There are other browsers out there but this one is along with Internet Explorer by Microsoft are the most common used.

  1. Go to Firefox website and then select “Firefox, Free Download” from the green box on the left.
  2. Then the next page will show up and there is install instructions on that page, but also now a box pops up asking you to, Run, Save, Cancel. Click Run.
  3. Once the file has downloaded the next pop up will ask you if you’re sure you want to run the file. Click Yes.
  4. The next screen should pop up and this is just information saying that you’re about to install, click the “Next” button.
  5. We will select the “Standard” installation and click “Next”, which will select the common options, like where to install the files to.
  6. The next screen will show you where the files are going to be installed to and gives you the option to set it as the default web browser. Deselect if you want another web browser to be default. Then click “Install”.
  7. Once the programme has been installed a screen pops up telling you the install is complete and gives you the option to launch Firefox now, Deselect if you don’t want it to launch now. Then click “Finish”.
  8. To make sure that Firefox has installed correctly click on the Windows star button on the bottom left hand side. And look inside All Programs for “Mozilla Firefox” click on it and if the install was successful the software will start up.

Uninstalling programs that you have installed can be done via the Control Panel. To access the control panel click on the windows start button and select “Control Panel” once the control panel has popped up click on “Uninstall a program” the next screen that appears will give you a list of all the programs install. Double click on the program you want to uninstall and follow the onscreen instructions.

Hard Drive Backup Software

Hard drive backup software is used for data safety purposes. It produces disc image files containing exact copies of hard drives. These drive image files can be stored in a variety of mediums such as CD, DVD, and Iomega Zip.

Software that backs up your hard drive enables you to rapidly restore your system to normal functioning after an operating system crash, virus attack, or hardware failure. Hard drive backup software is also useful for mass system deployment involving many identical computers. Hard drive backup software also helps you restore only necessary files.

Hard drive backup software enables you to secure all your programs, operating systems, data files, financial records, pictures, and music files. This software does the backup job without stopping any operating system or other running programs. Hard drive backup software normally does not interrupt the functioning of a computer. It protects data by archiving it at scheduled times. Many hard drive backup software packages have timetable settings that can be adjusted by the user.

Several hard drive backup software packages are available in the market so that you can select one that matches your needs perfectly. Some backup programs are designed for personal and small business computers, while others are only for professional use. Most hard drive backup programs work on more than one operating system.

Also available on the market are different versions of the same hard drive backup software for different operating systems. When purchasing hard drive backup software, it is advisable that you invest in a backup software product that does bit-level verification. Hard drive backup software is extremely important for all businesses that use computers; it is the only remedy to survive system and network crashes.

5 Essential And Useful Software for Windows

Have you got a new Windows based computer? Or did you recently format everything and re-installed Windows operating system? In either case, you need to install a few important softwares that you will need again and again. Windows 7 or 8 come with a list of useful softwares but these are not enough. You need a lot more applications in order to get the maximum benefit out of your PC.

Let us talk about a few important software applications (free or paid) that most people would need to have on their computers. Without these applications, your PC would be dull and not as useful. Each time you format Windows, you might want to re-install all these softwares again. So, this below given list can prove handy for you in future.

1. Explorers for Browsing Internet:
Windows comes with Internet Explorer already installed. However, most people are not fans of this browser. There are much better alternatives in the market which make browsing a really beautiful experience. The popular browser alternatives are Chrome and Firefox.

Good news is that both Firefox and Chrome are free to download and use. They have very nice user-interfaces. There are a lot of free or paid plugins which add additional capabilities to these browsers. You can really get addicted to many of these plugins when you begin to use them on regular basis.

2. Skype for Instant Messaging:
When it comes instant messaging and chatting (whether text or voice based chatting), Skype is the #1 choice for many people. It is one of the most popular messaging applications in the whole world. The voice quality is superb even when you are on a long-distance voice chat.

3. Antivirus Software:
Protecting your PC from malware, spyware and viruses is very important. If your PC gets infected with virus, it can become very slow and almost unusable. There have been many times where I had to format my PC due to virus problems. In such cases, there is a risk of losing important data due to formatting. You may try to recover the lost files using data recovery software but usually that is a long and unreliable process. It is always better to be safe than sorry. So, in order to protect your PC you might want to have a look at Microsoft Security Essentials which is a good program offering solid protection against malicious software.

4. Zipping and Unzipping:
Many big files you download from internet may be in compressed format. So, you need to unzip them first. At the same time, you may want to upload a big file or even a complete folder on the web. In such a case too you need zipping software to do the job. There are 2 excellent choices available to you. The first one is Winrar which is not free but comes with a 30 day trial version. So, you can use it for 30 days to see how you like it. Another software is 7-search which is completely free. You can use it for as long as you like without any problems.

5. Ninite for Installing Multiple Programs:
There are many other important programs which you may require to install. Instead of installing them one by one, wouldn’t it be much more convenient if you can do it all at once? This is what ‘Ninite’ does. It is a cool application which lets you choose from dozens of commonly used software applications and installs them in one go. Some of the programs it can install for you are – Skype, GoogleTalk, Yahoo Messenger, 7-search, Firefox, Chrome, anti-virus softwares, Filezilla, Picasa, Open Office etc.