Downloading is the process of receiving digital data from another computer, either over a local-area-network or a wide-area-network (i.e. the internet).

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How can I download an entire website?

How can I download all pages from a website? Any platform is fine.
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Where can I download Windows 7 (legally from Microsoft)?

I just bought a serial for Windows 7 on-line from the Microsoft store (the most painful shopping experience EVER!). I selected that I wanted to download my version of Windows 7 after purchase. After ...
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Download all mail messages from Gmail including Sent folder items

How can I download all the messages from a Gmail account, including the Sent folder items, when a normal POP fetch will only grab the inbox items? My wife recently died, and she gave me access to her ...
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Downloading software without bloatware

From time to time, I find myself needing a piece of software to perform a specific task. Download.com (CNET) used to be a good site. But now, I find that they bundle a lot of "evilware", i.e. ...
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Does streaming use the same amount of bandwidth as downloading?

Assuming the content is of the same quality (ceteris paribus), does streaming media (i.e. video, audio) use the same amount of bandwidth as downloading it? Say I was to download an HD movie from ...
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Why do some downloading files not know their own size? [duplicate]

Occasionally, when downloading a file in a web browser, the download progress doesn't "know" the total size of the file, or how far along in the download it is -- it just shows the speed at which it's ...
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Google Chrome Auto-Close Download Bar

Having to hit the X to close out that bar over and over is such a pain. When a download completes, I want to have the bar clear itself and leave the bottom of the screen, similar to the way Download ...
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Does 5 GB of jpeg images take the same amount of time to download and/or import as 5 GB of plain text?

Just wondering, since right now I'm importing all my pictures from a CD my dad burned for me. I was curious if 5 GB of pictures took the same exact amount of time as 5 GB of text when doing these ...
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What is the value of MD5 checksums if the MD5 hash itself could potentially also have been manipulated?

Downloads on websites sometimes have an MD5 checksum, allowing people to confirm the integrity of the file. I have heard this is to allow not only corrupted files to be instantly identified before ...
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Save a single web page (with background images) with Wget

I want to use Wget to save single web pages (not recursively, not whole sites) for reference. Much like Firefox's "Web Page, complete". My first problem is: I can't get Wget to save background images ...
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Where can I find the VMware vSphere client?

VMware's download site is very frustrating. I am unable to find where the download link to the vSphere client is. Did they rename this tool? How can I get it?
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Where can I download Windows 8 legally, from Microsoft?

I obtained a licence key for Windows 8 through DreamSpark. Is there a way to download a Windows 8 ISO image like you could for Windows 7? I am on a non-Windows machine, so I cannot use the Secure ...
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How to find out the real download URL on download sites that use redirects

Let's say I want to download something with wget but the website that has the files I need redirects to a site which automatically chooses a mirror for me (and there's no static file URL provided). ...
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How do you download files on a Windows server?

Related question: Native alternative to wget in Windows PowerShell? The question might sound stupid, but this is often a major issue for me. Consider the following scenario: The customer has a fresh ...
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Make Chrome always open PDFs itself

I'm looking for a way to make Google Chrome always open PDFs with its internal viewer when I click a link, as opposed to downloading it to the default location. It works with most URLs, but some ...
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What gets uploaded when I surf the web?

I am using a modem, and it shows a download speed of n kbps and an upload speed of m kbps. When I check its logs, it shows the amount of data downloaded and uploaded. I'm wondering why it shows that ...
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What does Firefox do when “scanning for viruses” after download?

Never mind the fact that Firefox is a browser and not a AV tool, but what exactly does it do after a download? Even on systems that have an up-to-date AV this generates a pause of several seconds ...
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Getting chrome to open “text” files in a tab

When I look at code samples on the web that are linked to as a .c, .cpp, .h etc file, chrome will download it for me as a file. Is there a way to get it to open the file (which is really just a text ...
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How to download a URL as a file?

A website URL has "hidden" some MP3 files by embedding them as Shockwave files, as follows. <span class="caption"><!-- Odeo player --><embed ...
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What happens when a file download is cancelled?

I have often wondered this. If I attempt to download a large file, but get bored half way (let's say 50% downloaded) through and cancel the download, what happens to the 50% of the data that was ...
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Where do I download Java development binaries (JDK) for Windows 7 64-bit?

I am trying to install a Java development environment on Windows 7 64-bit, but I am unable to find a suitable install. Is there one available?
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How to automatically open “saved” pdfs in system viewer on chrome?

As discussed in ghacks and slashdot Chrome no longer lets you automatically open downloaded pdfs in your System viewer. In general, I like using the built-in Chrome PDF viewer, but for some longer ...
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Chromium: The Hunt [closed]

Where do I download Chromium? It seems unnecessarily confusing. Why isint there a big download button on the Chromium website? Chromium Download Link: ...
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How does one go about backing up older CD-ROM games from the 90's?

I have a bunch of those point and click adventure games from the 90's (my youth) like Pajama Sam, Putt-Putt and Spy Fox. These CDs are becoming old and scratched. Being that these were such a ...
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Why is the download speed slow in the early seconds?

When you download a big enough file, you can see that in the early seconds, the download speed increases to finally reach its mean value. Why?
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How to analyze a link to figure out the actual link

Sometimes when downloading something, I find the links are not the direct ones to the files. For example, this is a link to download a PDF file: ...
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Why do I have to wait before download? [closed]

Why is there a dialog "Your download will start in 5 seconds" on many sites? And they even always provide direct link. Why not just point browser directly to file (which always works perfectly for ...
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Download a file via HTTP from a script in Windows

I want a way to download a file via HTTP given its URL (similar to how wget works). I have seen the answers to this question, but I have two changes to the requirements: I would like it to run on ...
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Is it possible to merge my ISP and cellphone Internet access? I want to split download and upload [duplicate]

I would like to use my ISP for download only, and my cellphones 4G connection for upload only. This is because my ISP's upload speed is poor, but download is OK, and my 4G upload is great and free (I ...
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VPN: Does all traffic get routed through the VPN when I am logged in?

If I log into a slow VPN with only a 15k/s connection, when I try to go to kernel.org or some other site to download something, is everything getting routed through that other network? (so my max ...
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How do I set up a proxy server for home with bandwidth control, download limit options?

3 room mates share a single 2 Mbps connection. Have a 40GB per month download limit beyond which speed drops to 256Kbps which is annoying. One of the roommates abuses the connection by downloading ...
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How do I download a file using the command line?

I want to download a file from the Linux command line. Basically I'm using ssh and I'm trying to download a file to my file system on my laptop. How can I do that from the command line?
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How do I associate magnet links with Ktorrent in Firefox?

I'm on Kubuntu, Firefox 3.5.
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What is the terminal command to retrieve files from a remote server using ssh in Mac OS X?

I normally ssh into my remote server in order to administrate my files using terminal for Mac OS X. I don't understand how I retrieve (download) files from the server to my local computer, or send ...
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Download entire album from Google+?

Is there any software that can download all the full-size pictures of a publicly-shared Google+ album?
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Software to automate the download of a list of URLs [closed]

Let's say I have a list of URLs as follows: http://creamteam.tv/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/10-Chinatown.mp3 http://mp3muffin.com/train/burbs.mp3 ...
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Does it take longer to download a zipped file than an unzipped file?

I once read somewhere that it takes longer to download a zipped file than an unzipped file of the same size, due to the nature of the zip file. Is this true or nonsense? edit: i'm speaking about ...
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How to stop 7-Zip from automatically downloading and opening a zip file in Chrome?

I have checked the "Ask where to save each file before downloading" option in Chrome settings yet after installing 7-Zip, every time I click on a link which targets a .zip file: chrome doesn't fire ...
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How to get subtitles automatically?

I would like to use a movie player that downloaded subtitles in the language of my preference automatically. There is anything like it? And plugins?
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Download Manager for Mac OS X? [closed]

IS there a download manager for Mac OS X that allows me to interrupt and resume large downloads? (I'm trying to download the Apple Developer Tools update, but a 3+ GB file size seldom plays nicely ...
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Downloadable templates and styles for Word 2010? [closed]

Where can I find downloadable templates and styles for Word 2010? I'm not a designer, but would like to find pre-packaged sets of fonts, colors and indenting that is more appealing that what is built ...
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Recursive download (`wget -r`) equivalent for Firefox?

I have a website, and I want to download all of the pages/links within that website. I want to do a wget -r on this URL. (Yes, I have a legitimate need to have an offline copy of the data! Also, none ...
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Make wget not download files larger than X size

Okay, I give up. How do I size limit which files are downloaded, like say I don't want any files bigger than 2 MB?
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Can't download .exe, stuck at 99% for all browsers

I can't seem to finish downloading any .exe files. When the download starts, it will proceed as per normal except that it will be stuck once it hits 99%. I had noticed this problem since a looong time ...
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Downloading Microsoft Security Essentials via HTTPS

I want to download Microsoft Security Essentials on my brand new Windows 7 home PC. The official site presented to me is http://windows.microsoft.com/de-CH/windows/products/security-essentials, as I ...
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What's the minimum size of a TCP packet

A post here: http://blogs.adobe.com/dreamweaver/2011/02/optimal-css-tiled-background-image-size.html staes that "The smallest download that browsers can do is 1K bytes." Is this due to minimum size ...
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Why is multi thread downloading faster than single thread?

There is one large file in my server. I find that multi thread download can get 20Mbs, but single thread can get 10Mbps, can anyone explain this?
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How to make torrent downloads faster?

In windows Vista Home Premium x64 using uTorrent, how can I make the download(s) faster? EDIT: What are recommended settings for QoS?
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Do we really need to check the integrity of downloaded files? [duplicate]

I downloaded a huge amount of files, but discovered the use of md5 and sha as integrity checkers quite recently. From then I always prefer to check it for big downloaded files, even if I never found ...
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How to download list of files from a file server?

How would I download a list of files from a file server like this one http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/binaries/ ? I suppose I could use wget but then it tries to get all the links and the html file ...