On the internet you can find a lot of movies, games and software. Many people want to download these but don't know how to download these. Why can your friends download the latest movies and games, and why can't you do that? Many people think downloading a movie for example can simply be done by typing the name of the movie into Google, click on the first hit Google finds and click on the 'download this movie' button and a couple of hours later the movie can be watched in the living room.
In fact the reality is a bit different. Downloading movies, games and software is quite simple and can be done in several ways but it isn't as easy as I said above.
How can I download movies, games and software?
You can download movies, games and software in several ways. A very often used way is to download these using 'Torrents' or using 'Newsgroups'. I want to help you on how to download using Torrents.
I think it is less interesting for you how torrents or newsgroups work if you want to download movies, games or software and that's why I only explain HOW to download.
Now let me explain to you how to download via Torrents:
The first thing you do, is ask yourself: What do I want to download? For example: a Lord of the Rings movie.
Okay, you know what you want? Good.
Now you have to find a torrent to download a 'Lord of the Rings' movie.
There are several websites where you can find torrents. I will recommend you a few torrent sites which are very good torrent sites.
In my example I will describe how to download a torrent via www.torrentspy.com
Go to torrentspy.com and type in the search area 'Lord of the Rings' and click the 'torrent' button.
Now scroll down to see what Torrentspy has found on 'Lord of the Rings'.
These are the results of your search query. The files you here are '.torrent' files. These files have to be imported in a BitTorrent client. I will discuss the BitTorrent client later, don't worry.
Well now, you see 7 columns, namely:
If you point your mouse for a few seconds on a filename there is a balloon shown up as shown in the picture above which tells you the complete Filename.
Choose which files you are going to download. For example if you are looking for the movie 'Fellowship of the Ring' of 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, you search for a filename which says 'Fellowship of the Ring' in it AND you pick one with a good Health status.
When you found a good file you click on the filename.
Here you can see some details about the torrent file. You can read them if you want. The next thing you need to do is to download this torrent file to your computer.
Click on the 'Download' button.
Here you can download the torrent. I recommend to download the torrent from the 'Primary' site.
Now you are being taken to the website you have chosen or where ever the torrent is located, OR you simply get a popup window to store the torrent file to your computer.
Here you save the file to your computer. For example in your torrents folder in D:my torrents.
Okay, now you have your torrent file. Can you watch the movie already? The answer is: NO you can't.
What you have done is just downloading the torrent. And this torrent files WILL download your requested movie, game or software (in my example, the movie 'The Fellowship of the Ring'.)
So what are we going to do now?
Now we need a program where we can import this torrent file and download the movie.
Such a program is called a BitTorrent client.
There are several BitTorrent clients available on the World Wide Web.
In my example I will explain how to download the movie using BitComet.
Now you have to download BitComet and install it on your computer.
You can download BitComet here.
After you have installed BitComet you can use it for downloading movies, games and software via the torrent files you downloaded.
Now go to your torrents download folder (in my example 'D:my torrents') and double click on the torrent file you which to download.
Now the file will be opened in BitComet. Here you simply click 'Ok' and then the download will start.
After the download is compleet (100%) there are several files in your download folder. These files are mostly .RAR files which can be unpacked to one movie, game or software file.
To unpack .RAR files you need the program WinRar. You can download WinRar at www.download.com
WinRar unpacks all the .RAR files to a usable movie file.
After you have unpacked al the downloaded .RAR files you can watch you movie on your computer or you can burn them on a DVD to watch it in your DVD player.
You have successfully:
Congratulations!! You have successfully downloaded a movie using a .torrent file.
For downloading games or software you simply follow the steps above. The only thing different is that you search for something else. Here you simply search for the game or software you like to download.
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