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Old 5th October 2004, 22:58   #7
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gaekwad2 is correct, but here's a little more info, followed by a "suggestion" ...

Internet Explorer browser gets all bugged out with downloads, after you've upgraded WinXP to SP2. Microsoft went and messed up something within Internet Explorer that has the browser guessing wrong with MIME types. In the case of skins downloaded from, the IE browser often changes the skin extension to .zip instead. There are 2 types of skins that can be downloaded from - Classic (files with a .wsz extension), and Modern (files with a .wal extension). The buggy IE browser probably sees the fact that they are compressed archive files but mistakingly treats them as ZIP files, and renames them with a .zip extension in the process, so that you wind up downloading the skins as ZIP files. Oh... if they're downloaded as ZIP files they'll most likely work when placed directly within your \Winamp\Skins folder on your hard drive, but they are being misnamed by IE, and that's screwed up. That might also screw things up with DrO's great little Skins In Submenu plugin, which probably needs to see the .wal and .wsz file extensions, when differentiating between the 2 different skin types in order to separate them into the 2 submenus.

The thing to do to avoid all this is to completely stop using the slow, sluggish and buggy Internet Explorer browser and to instead download and start using a "real" browser - Mozilla Firefox. You'll never experience IE browser download problems again if instead you use Firefox with it's intuitive built-in download manager, and you'll also have a speedy, full-featured browser that will make browsing more efficient than ever before. I use Firefox and everyone I speak to who tries it will never ever even consider touching the problem-prone Internet Explorer browser again.

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