[Resolved] Downloaded EXE files are not saved



  • Every saving of downloaded EXE files failed. Other file types arn't affected.
    Download panel shows completed (after Vivaldi restart 0 bytes of ...). Download folder is also empty. The downloaded TMP file wasn't renamed and the file is lost.
    Tried with 1.6.689.34 (x32) and a complete new 1.6.689.40 (x32) installation with disabled AV.
    Download with other browsers (Firefox, IE, ...) without problems.

    Windows 7 Pro - Vivaldi Standalone 1.6.689.34 (x32)


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    @mottenmouse - Unable to replicate this. All downloads of every type succeed here.

    (hint: disabling AV usually does not take it out of the mix)



  • I've had this very same problem practically forever with Vivaldi (both multi-user and stand-alone), and I long ago reverted to using Firefox for any downloads of *.exe files. I strongly suspect it has something to do with Windows user account and file/folder permission settings coupled with something in the way Vivaldi installs itself or functions regarding downloading. It appears like the browser starts downloading a file stub somewhere, but then fails in attempting to assemble or finalize the ultimate file as the intended .exe file in the destination folder. The problem occurs whether or not I use a custom download folder. Other non-executable file types download OK in Vivaldi.

    In my case, I've held off making Vivaldi my default browser primarily for the stability uncertainties this peculiar behavior raises, though perhaps in some odd way the lack of default setting is contributing to the issue.

    No other browser (Firefox, Olde Opera, IE, QupZilla, etc) exhibits this problem on the same system. I thought I'd reported this twice as bug variations to Vivaldi last Spring, but unfortunately I've since lost any VB reference numbers. I also posted a couple of times about it in threads, but there have been few other confirmations by others until this thread.

    Win7-64 Pro with Vivaldi 1.6 stable as multi-user and various developmental versions as stand-alone.



  • Hi!
    I have the same problem. I discover Vivaldi today! It's amazing browser, similiar to classic Opera. I love it from first view. But Vivaldi have some disadvantages. One is: I can't download anything! Vivaldi asks about, how to do with the file, a progress bar is alive, but after all "downloaded" file doesn't exist. Popmenu item "Open destination folder" (I use Polish version, I don't know exactly the options name) doesn't do anything.

    The installation is fresh (Win 7 64-bit).
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  • Additional informations:

    • The download of *.EXE files failed now too with old Vivaldi versions which downloaded *.EXE files in the past to 100% without any problem.
    • If I change to any other Windows user account and run Vivaldi, the download of *.EXE files is successful.
    • If I change to the Windows user account of my wife and run Vivaldi in my user account, the download of *.EXE files is successful.

    @Blackbird: Thanks for conformation and additional informations. New bug report VB-24354.



  • is settings/downloads/download location set to a directory you can write to?



  • @mottenmouse said in Downloaded EXE files are not saved:

    VB-24354.

    Thanks for report, but two internal testers checked this and could not reproduce the bug.



  • @iAN CooG: Yes

    @Gwen-Dragon: I found a solution, but I don't know whether it's a bug or not.
    Way to reproduce:

    • Open Control panel
    • Choose "Internet Properties"
    • Select the "Security" tab
    • Choose "Custom level ..."
    • Search for "Launching application and unsafe files
    • There are three options: Enable, Prompt and Disable

    If "Disable" is ticked, the downloaded *.EXE files aren't saved.
    I changed the setting to "Prompt" and every thing is fine!

    Nevertheless I don't understand why Vivaldi use this setting and all other browsers not.

    Thanks for help and input.



  • @mottenmouse said in Downloaded EXE files are not saved:

    @iAN CooG: Yes

    ... I found a solution, but I don't know whether it's a bug or not.
    Way to reproduce:

    • Open Control panel
    • Choose "Internet Properties"
    • Select the "Security" tab
    • Choose "Custom level ..."
    • Search for "Launching application and unsafe files
    • There are three options: Enable, Prompt and Disable

    If "Disable" is ticked, the downloaded *.EXE files aren't saved.
    I changed the setting to "Prompt" and every thing is fine!

    Nevertheless I don't understand why Vivaldi use this setting and all other browsers not. ...

    Great find!!! That indeed is the solution for Vivaldi (and for IE, by the way).

    Because those settings are customized to each user account, there can be behavior variances between accounts unless all user accounts are set up identically. Since I've got my system set to access IE only from a different user account which lacks easy Vivaldi access by design and because the settings in that account were already per what you've described, IE never showed the download problem when I tested it there. If I reverse your Security settings in that account back to Disable, IE will also refuse to download an exe file. All my non-IE browsers are in a separate user account which had that setting locked down to Disable. So the real question, I guess, is why the other non-IE/non-Vivaldi browsers don't respect that account Disable security setting, but I suppose that's not really a relevant topic for a Vivaldi browser thread. ;) In any case, with the settings as you describe, Vivaldi now downloads exe files just fine.

    Again, many thanks for discovering the way to finally lay a genuine annoyance to rest - and for giving me some added insight into how Windows operates!



  • Same problem even after applying the "prompt" setting suggested ( or even "enabled" .
    The strange thing is that it has appeared out of no-where without any apparent changes to the computer ( no updatees or new installes )
    Then again - i might have never really tried to download directly an EXE with vivaldi to encounter this problem ..


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