Why does my desktop shortcut open the installer?

John Logue Updated by John Logue

Program updates should never be downloaded into the program folder (e.g., C:\CFSLIB\PR2012).  They should be downloaded into an easy-to-find location on your computer (e.g., the desktop or "Downloads" folder), where they can be executed to install the update.

The result of downloading a software update file into the program folder can be that the desktop shortcut opens the installer instead of the program. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to fix this problem.

  1. Open Windows (or "File") Explorer and navigate to the program folder (e.g., C:\CFSLIB\PR2012).
  2. In the folder, find the update file you downloaded. It should be indicated by a round green CFS icon.
  3. Right-click on the file, and left-click on Copy.
  4. Right-click on the desktop or in some other folder, and left-click on Paste.
Use Copy-and-Paste, not Cut-and-Paste or Drag-and-Drop.
  1. Double-click on the update file at its new location. This should open the installer, and it should be able to accomplish the update.

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