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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Vista x64 AVG Free Installation How-to Guide (64-bit)

Today, returning from vacation I realized that I had not installed any sort of Anti-Virus on my new Dell computer running Microsoft Vista Ultimate x64(64-bit). I have been using AVG Free Edition for a couple of years now and have always been happy with the performance and security of the anti-virus product.

Given the problems I have had thus far, I was not sure if Grisoft was going to support Microsoft Windows Vista in the 64-bit (x64) mode. I have had some other specific problems -- mainly with Adobe Software -- as both Acrobat and Flash were giving me early fits.

After visiting the Grisoft download page, there was no specific mention of 64-bit (x64) support for Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate.

However, I decided to proceed with the download of the latest version of AVG Free 7.5, 7.5.472 (avg75free_472a1024.exe) to be exact. The good news is that through the process the installation works and I now have anti-virus protection from Grisoft's AVG Free! The only downside is that the installation is a 32-bit (x86) executable so it does not run in 64-bit (x64) mode.

Here are the installation steps:
1. Click on the installation file avg75free_472a1024.exe to start the installation and click on 'Next' after reading the Welcome screen.
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2. Review the license agreementa nd click on 'Accept' when you are finished.
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3. Select the installation type as 'Standard Installation' and click 'Next'.
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4. Enter your name and company name (if applicable) and click on 'Next'.
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5. Confirm the summary information and then click on 'Next' to install.
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6. Installation is complete, click on 'OK' to start the configuration.
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7. Configuration begins, click on 'Next' to continue.
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8. AVG Free Update screen. Click on 'Check for Updates' before clicking next.
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9. AVG Free will check the Internet for any updates. In my case there was a Priority update, so I click on 'Update' and installed them.
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10. Now specify the priority for your AVG Free Anti-Virus program. Usually, 'Low Priority' is the best setting to insure your computer is not tied up with unnecessary scans. You can also choose to enable a daily scan.
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11. You now have the option to do an initial computer scan. You can perform that or click on 'Next' to continue.
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12. Optional registration. You can choose to register your AVG Free Anti-Virus program or click on 'Next' to go to the main AVG Free console. Congratulations, installation is complete!
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