Skype Tutorial 1 – Installing Skype
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In this short tutorial, we’ll show you how to install Skype on your computer. Installation is very easy, especially with version 7, but just in case you need some extra help, we have prepared this short tutorial. The version we are covering in these tutorials is the desktop version, rather than the touch optimised Windows 8 tile version.
In order to install Skype, you’ll need to download the latest version. You can obtain the latest version of the software from the official Skype homepage here.
Windows 8 users can choose between the new Skype for Windows 8, which is available in the Windows store, or the desktop version of the software, which we cover in these tutorials. If you are using your Windows 8 PC with a traditional keyboard and mouse style configuration (like most of us) you will probably prefer to use the desktop version.
Download the Skype setup file. When the download is complete, double click the file, or select “Open” or “Run” in your browsers download manager. You will need to be connected to the internet during the installation. Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users may have to grant permission for the installation to proceed if prompted to do so by Windows User Account Control.
The following window will then appear.
The installer will offer to install the Skype Click to Call extension. This extension makes it possible to click on phone numbers or Skype names in web pages and automatically call them. It’s entirely optional. Select or deselect this option depending on your preferences then click on “Continue”. After a few moments, the window shown below will appear.
Installation is now complete. You can now proceed directly to our next tutorial where we show you how to create a Skype account (if you don’t have one already) and sign in.
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