To run or to save
Sometimes when I want to download a program on my Windows XP computer,
I'm asked if I want to Run or Save it. What is the difference, and why
do one and not the other ?
Answer : Clicking on the Run button in the box downloads the
file to the computer's Temporary Internet Files folder or another
Once the file finishes downloading, Windows then automatically runs
it, which can mean opening a shareware program or displaying a file on
This sort of instant installation, while handy, can be a problem if
the file is a piece of malicious software in disguise.
If you ever plan to reinstall a downloaded program that was first
installed with the Run method, though, you may have to go get it again.
Because the Run command stashes the original download to a temporary
folder, it could get deleted from the computer during a disk-cleaning
Clicking on the Save button, on the other hand, downloads the file to
the computer but does not take that extra step of opening or installing
You get to decide in what folder to store the downloaded file so it
does not get deleted -- but you also have to take the step of finding it
and then manually running it.
Choosing to save the files may fill up your hard drive a little bit
faster, but it also makes it easy to open and run the files again if you
In the case of program installer files or others you want to keep,
you can also archive them to disk or external drive to save space on the