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February 16, 2008

Big Trouble In Top Downloads

Ya know, it’s at times like this I think of creating a “toaster” peripheral. So you could bang on the side of it, it would make a satisfying rattle, and you’d actually feel better without actually inflicting damage on your actual machine. Think of how many $5000 printers that could be saved from the wrath of tantrum-throwing business owners!

Just like Timmay said, Vista SP1 can be nabbed by MSDN subscribers right now, since it currently shows as a Top Subscriber Download. Assuming you can get the freaking thing to start!

Now, Top Downloads use a different download manager than the normal File Transfer Manager AKA FTM we all know and love. In fact, Top Downloads use the Akmai Download Manager AKA Akmai DLM to hie their way to you.

No matter what I tried to do, I couldn’t get DLM to work in Internet Explorer 7. I’d click the link to start the download. I’d get to a page saying to expect the download to start any minute, then it would roll back to the original page.

After going through the sprinkling-chicken-blood-on-my-Vista-machine steps from MS, which did neither jack nor squat, I was finally able to kick DLM in the pants by doing this in IE7:

  • Go to Tools->Manage Add-Ons
  • Select Add-ons that have been used by Internet Explorer in the Show drop-down
  • Highlight DLM Control from publisher Akmai Technologies, Inc. It might show as (unverified)
  • Click Delete from the Delete ActiveX section in the lower right
  • Click OK

The next time you click to download Vista SP1, you should be prompted to re-install Akmai’s DLM Control. Complete all those shenanigans, and make sure all your popup blockers are turned off. Then you should finally get the download file prompt you’d been itching for!

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