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Instructions For Downloading and Installing Netscape Navigator

Like Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator provides e-mail, World Wide Web browser, and news reader software. However, unlike Internet Explorer, it is not part of the software that comes with your system. It can be downloaded from Netscape's FTP site. It is shareware and can be used for free indefinitely by students, faculty members, or staff members of educational institutions (K-12, junior college, college or library), staff members of religious organizations, or employees of charitable, non-profit organizations. It may be used free indefinitely by other noncommercial users for the purpose of evaluating whether to purchase an ongoing license to the software. Commercial users may use it free for 90 days.

Downloading Netscape Navigator via FTP

  • Dial in to your SkyPoint account.
  • Run the Windows 95 FTP software.
    • Select "Start". Click on the "Start" button at the lower left corner of your desktop.
    • Select "Run". Select the "Run" menu option. A window will appear.
    • Enter "ftp.exe". Type ftp.exe and press the "enter" key. The FTP window will open

FTP

  • Open an FTP connection. At the ftp> prompt, type open ftp9.netscape.com and press the "enter" key.
    You may not be able to connect on your first try because the Netscape FTP sites are very busy. You will know that you have failed if you get an error message that the connection has "timed out." If you fail, repeat this step until you are successful. You can also try connecting to one of the other Netscape FTP sites on this list:

    ftp.netscape.com
    ftp2.netscape.com
    ftp3.netscape.com
    ftp4.netscape.com
    ftp5.netscape.com
    ftp6.netscape.com
    ftp7.netscape.com
    ftp8.netscape.com
    ftp9.netscape.com
    ftp10.netscape.com
    ftp11.netscape.com
    ftp12.netscape.com

    We have had the best luck connecting in the morning, and on sites 7-10.

  • Log on as an anonymous user.
    • Enter the anonymous user name. At the User (ftp##.netscape.com: (none)): prompt, type anonymous and press the "enter" key.
    • Enter a password. At the Password: prompt, type your full SkyPoint e-mail address. It should look like username@skypoint.com. Press the "enter" key.
  • Go to the directory containing Navigator. At the ftp> prompt, type cd /pub/navigator/3.01/windows and press the "enter" key.
  • Change your directory for receiving files. At the ftp> prompt, type lcd c:\tmp and press the "enter" key.
  • Set file transfer to binary. At the ftp> prompt, type binary and press the "enter" key.
  • Download Navigator. At the ftp> prompt, type get n32e301.exe and press the "enter" key. Wait - this may take some time. You will not get another ftp> prompt until the process is complete.
  • Disconnect from Netscape. At the ftp> prompt, type disconnect and press the "enter" key. A box may appear asking if you really want to do this. If it does, click the "Yes" button.
  • Exit the ftp software. Click on the "X" button at the upper right of the ftp window.

    Installing Netscape Navigator downloaded via FTP

  • Select "Add/Remove Programs". Double-click on the "My Computer" icon. In the "My Computer" window, double-click on the "Control Panel" icon. Double-click on the "Add/Remove Programs" icon. A window will appear with what look like several file folder tabs.
  • Select "Install/Uninstall". Click the "Install/Uninstall" tab.
  • Select "Install". Click on the "Install" button.
  • Select the software to install. Click the "Next>" button a couple of times until you are told that your computer can not locate the installation program. At this point, you should see a box in the window allowing you to enter which program to install. In the "Command line for installation program" box, type c:\tmp\n32e301.exe and press the "enter" key.
  • Select "Finish". Click on the "Finish" button. The installation will begin. Follow the directions that the installer gives you.
  • Remove the installer file.
    • Select "Start". Click on the "Start" button at the lower left corner of your desktop.
    • Select "Programs". Select the "Programs" menu option.
    • Select "MS Dos Prompt". Select the "MS Dos Prompt" menu item in the "Programs" menu. A window will appear.
    • Enter the root directory. At the dos prompt, type cd \tmp and press the "enter" key.
    • Delete the installer. At the dos prompt, type del c:\tmp\n32e301.exe and press the "enter" key.
    • Exit the MS Dos Prompt window. Click the "x" box in the upper right corner of the window.

 

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