What is Downloading, Uploading, Installing and Uninstalling

computer termsDownloading, Uploading, Installing and Uninstalling are the most popular and most used word in the computer and cyber world. I know that most of us especially tech geeks and even intermediate users know the meaning of those terms. But there are users that are still confuse on many of the computer terms especially on those 4 terms. To enlighten the users about those confusing computer terms, I will explain them as simple as I can.

Downloading: (You get the files)

When we copy a file from another computer let’s say from another network or an internet to our computer that is called downloading. Most of the time we don’t need to do so much work on it. If you are regularly browsing the internet I guess you have encountered words with links that say “click here to download”. Once click it will then ask where you will place or store the file you are going to download sometimes depending on the settings of your browser it will automatically store your downloaded files on your download folder. While downloading you will see the download speed as well as the remaining time.

Uploading: (You send the files)

This the reverse process of downloading. In downloading we get the files, in uploading we send the files over the network to be stored on a server or another computer. If you are a member of any social networking sites I guess you probably have a picture or albums on your account. The process of putting your images into your account is uploading.

Installing: (You setup a program)

More people are still confuse between downloading and installing. When you download a certain program or application it doesn’t necessarilly mean that you can immediately use the program most of the time you first need to install it or setup it on your computer. Generally, you have a setup program and you use that program to setup the applications you downloaded.

Uninstalling: (You remove the installed program)

Well, I guess the word itself tells it all. uninstalling is the reverse process of installing. Programs usually have unintalling program associated with the applications you installed. If a program don’t have a uninstall program we can remove files using the Add/Remove program located on your control panel. The Add/Remove dialog is where all the installed programs are located. They are arranged in alphabetical order. On that screen, you can easily select the program you want remove or uninstall.

There you go, I hope I did help you in any way to understand those terms. If you are still confuse or have any question feel free to contact me or place your question by comments.