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18-09-2003, 02:01 AM

When you click a download link in Internet Explorer, a window pops up asking you do you want to save or open file etc… However there are times when I want to know exactly what the full URL is for the download. This is so it can be transferred to a download manager or sent to other people. Most links are OK since the link is in the HTML, but some sites use either a form, javascript or CGI script so that you can't see the actually link, even when you view the source on the page. The big problem is Microsoft's site, especially the live update when you elect to download the files. You can't see the actually URLs.

So does anyone know a way of collecting this URL – it must be somewhere because Internet Explorer needs it to download the file. IF you want to example, try here


and see if you can get the Intellipoint driver download URL.


Greg S
18-09-2003, 08:59 AM
Unless the site has a javascript running to show something else, when you hover your cursor over the download link, the url will show in your navigation bar. To copy it, right-click the link, and click Copy Shortcut

In Netscape it's Copy Link Location

18-09-2003, 09:23 AM
That does not work in the above example. There are no options on right-click and the URL in the address bar does not apply to the source of the file.

Microsoft have coded this form to prevent deep linking to it. As far as I know, there is nothing you can do about it.

Susan B
18-09-2003, 09:35 AM
This topic was discussed fairly recently if you want to troll through past threads to find it.

It was mentioned that other browsers, eg Mozilla and Firebird are able to show you the full url when downloading. Unfortunately other browsers do not work very well on MS sites so you will be unlikely to use that method for those downloads.

If you use Flashget download manager you can drag a download's link to Flashget's dropzone but once again, that will not work for the MS updates. As far as I know you cannot use a download manager to get the MS updates, unfortunately. This was also discussed recently and I am fairly sure there was no solution. Cannot find the thread now but it was within the last month if you want to search for it yourself.

18-09-2003, 01:01 PM
Thanks for your replies. I tried Mozilla but the page doesn't load properly so it doesn't get a chance to download. I have seen other people post deep links on this forum and some other Web sites display them, so there must be way. Does anyone have any other ideas I can try?


18-09-2003, 01:07 PM
you can use IRIS or other sniffer to see what is the url redirect by the Webpages.

Actually, in IE6 you can use some plugins to change the way of ie downloading, such as show the file url, i have got one of these, but it is writting in chinese, but i think it works fine on any language windows. i will upload it when i back home if you want this plugin

Murray P
18-09-2003, 01:23 PM
Is it the Intellipoint drivers you want specifically, this time? If so have a look at, Intellipoint 5 gripes (http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail.php3?fid=964118973) more bugs than an Aussie night.

Cheers Murray P

18-09-2003, 01:23 PM
Usually MozillaFirebird works with that sort of thing, however there's certainly something up with that site, coz MF doesnt like it once you've clicked on one of the URL's.

Sadly, I think you may have to find another download location if you're wanting to use a manager, or find the URL :-(

Murray P
18-09-2003, 01:29 PM
BTW the Gripes site I posted above has a download link that doesn't take you to the MS page.

Cheers Murray P

18-09-2003, 01:41 PM
BTW, does anyone got any idea to install these mouse and keybord software on a win2003?

18-09-2003, 02:43 PM
Murray thanks for that link. Interestingly, that site has all the deep links. So it can be done, now I'm getting more curious.


Murray P
18-09-2003, 02:59 PM
Yeh, you're right. I tested the download and it came up with the MS Download Site (http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/1/3/113e93ee-091c-4876-904c-5a96597852c8/IP5_0Eng.exe) and further when I copied the url in the download window GetRight fired up. SOoo.. its possible to us a download manager on an MS download :) and while using Firebird. And who gave File Forum the link or do they just know these things?

Cheers Murray P

18-09-2003, 09:11 PM
here is the patch

and the install screen is

the download screen is

see the two image before you run it.