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Hi :)
The problem with that is that Internet Explorer is usually completely
fine with it.

Most Windows users that i have met would be scared of trying anything
that might be difficult to download with Internet Explorer.  To be
fair most them wouldn't have a clue how to install anything anyway and
would leave that to paid-for support or a family member or friend who
thinks they know what they are doing but may be fairly clueless or
biased themselves.

I like the idea of having some way of dealing with Internet Explorer
though.  It might be possible to write a script that runs after the
download is complete and attempts to rename the .man to .msi.

I'm not sure about the best way to handle it.  Obviously if the
renaming script doesn't find a .man then it should just quit quietly.
Another way might be to only run that script if the download page has
already identified that Internet Explorer was used.  I think that
either way the script could be quite tiny and fast.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 29 January 2015 at 21:15,  <> wrote:
Microsoft do seem to make things difficult... First their web browser
changes the .msi extension to .man, which their operating system doesn't
understand, and then their file browser hides the extension making it
difficult to correct!

That has come up on this list before, and your earlier comment "why can't
they save everyones time by saying at the outset that their software only
downloads via certain browsers" does seem sensible. I've submitted a bug
report suggesting that the downloads page should warn of the problems with
Internet Explorer, and how to work around them:

Checking this out with Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Vista, I found that a
bar pops up at the bottom of Internet Explorer when downloading, from which
you can click an arrow next to "Save" and select "Save As". That has the
filename initially filled in as .man, but you can change it to .msi and it
will then save the download with the correct .msi extension. Does that still
work with newer versions of Internet Explorer? Of course, it does still
require the user to know that this needs to be done!


Philip Jordan wrote:

Brilliant - well your reply is Gordon
- but as to W 8.1:
   I'm bereft of suitable words!

On 28 January 2015 at 16:40, Gordon Burgess-Parker <>

On 28/01/15 15:43, Philip Jordan wrote:


& though I'll do what you say, it must be emphasized that as far as I

more than once, I downloaded from the site you show on Sunday
& I did this as the link from Computer active didn't work
& too, I only went to Microsoft for an Icon as my laptop
refused to install the software by which I mean let me use it
& your website wasn't very clear on what to do in that regard

Anyway I now see you've sent another email,
so I won't re-download till I've read that

  When I tried that, the IE downloader on Windows 8.1 changed the file

extension to .man - which of course won't run.
You need to change the file extension back to .msi, and to do THAT, you
need to go into File explorer and turn ON the "show file extensions"
option, because for some reason that I cannot fathom, Windows has that
option turned OF by default.

Good luck!

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