Download and Install PGP

The hardest part is the download.

by Edward Langenback

© 10/30/03

The first step of course is to download PGP. Do this by opening your web browser and pasting this address into the location bar:

Follow your browser's procedures to save the file on your computer. This file is about seven and one half megabytes long, so unless you are connected by DSL, be prepared for it to take a while.

While you are waiting for the download, click the 'Start' button on the Windows task bar, then click 'Programs', from there click 'MS-DOS Prompt'. When the DOS box appears, type the following commands:

C:\>md pgptemp


This will create a temporary directory on your hard drive that you will use when the download is finished. When the download finishes, you will need to use Winzip or some other zip utility to open the file. Extract the files in the archive into the directory you just created: C:\PGPTEMP

Close the zip program and double click on 'my computer', then double click on the icon for your [C] drive. From there double click on the folder 'pgptemp'. It should have four files in it:


Make certain that you have shut down all other programs and then double click on setup.exe to start the PGP installation program.

The welcome message will appear. Click <Next>

Next the license screen will appear. Click <Yes>

The 'What's New' screen is now showing. Click <Next>

The 'User Information' screen appears. Fill in the Name and Company fields and click <Next> (*Note* You can put something like 'Nobody' or 'None' if you prefer.)

The next screen is where you have the chance to change the default destination folder. I personally recommend that you don't make any changes because there is no real reason to. Click <Next>

This is the 'Select Components' Screen. Here you can choose which parts of the PGP package you wish to install. It will show a list like this one:

PGP Key Management (Required)
PGPNet Virtual Private Networking
PGP Qualcomm Eudora plugin
PGP Microsoft Exchange plugin
PGP Microsoft Outlook Express plugin
PGP Command Line
PGP Users Guide.

On most Windows systems, all of these will already be checked except for the PGP Qualcomm Eudora plugin (unless you have the Qualcomm Eudora email program on your system).

Clear the checkbox next to "PGPNet Virtual Private Networking" Very few new users will have a need for it and will be better off not having to deal with the complications that can arise if your computer is on a LAN. If it is needed someday, PGPNet can be installed by making backup copies of your keyrings and then uninstalling and re-installing PGP.

After a quick review you will note that the complete installation will be about 10700 K Bytes in size. Click <Next>

A message appears "Ready to start copying files". (Frankly I don't know why they put this one in there, there just isn't any point, why not just start the copying after the last step?) Click <Next>

The installer will then ask if you have an existing set of keyrings that you wish to use. Click <NO>

After another moment or two, a messagebox appears informing you that setup is complete. It will have a checkbox "Yes, I want to restart my computer now" click the checkbox and then click <Finish>

At this point the computer will shutdown and restart so that system changes that were made by the installation can take effect.