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What I am looking to do is from a web page have a person log in then check to see what files that user has access to then display them in a multi select list box.  Then let them select the ones they want to download.  When the button is pressed to start the download the files will download into a prespecified directory and start running the files (auto extracting).  The system is all Microsoft.  Can this be done  and how long do you think it would take to create.  If it has been done can I see a sample of it in action ?  Also if it can be done can I have some ideas on what to put on the form so I can start my research and get the ideas together.  Please let me know if there are any other questions that need to be answered before I can get a reply.

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This has been done.  Check out Microsoft's "Windows Update".  It does exactly what you are tying to do.  They wrote an ActiveX progam that does it... BUT, it only works in IE.
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Are there any others that are not browser specific?
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I don't know of any...
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How about others that are not on the MS Site?
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actually... Macromedia has one... hmm... I upgraded my shockwave over the net with them... I went to their site and it just upgraded it after I said yes...


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I just went to macromedia and it asked where to put it.  And there was no log in validation.
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hmmm... ine installed automatically.. maybe it is just IE?  I am not sure... You see, this is the problem:  It is a security thing... Browsers are not just allowed to install whatever they want.  That is a MAJOR breach of security... I don't think it is possible unless you have them install a "helper" app that is called when you DL a certain file... (YOu would need to register the extension with your program...).. ie check out www.catchup.com


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YOu need to program a custom application that will run on the client machine.  the user must first install you application and then it can all be automated from there.
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thanks
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