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Windows 7: Which Skype for Windows 7

26 Dec 2013   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Which Skype for Windows 7

I know nothing about Skype and would appreciate some guidance.

Which version of Skype do I download for Windows 7 ?
Skype for Windows desktop shows Skype for Windows 8. I am wondering if I should be looking elsewhere ?
When I click on Get Skype for Windows Desktop it only offers Windows 8
OldApps.com offers SkypeSetup_6.9.0.106.msi ... 21.5MB

Whereas Skype for Windows 8 offers SkypeSetup.exe ... 1.5 MB

A search of Skype forum has turned up nothing (and the Skype forum has been hit by spammers today)
I have read that Microsoft own Skype so I am hoping this forum can point me in the right direction.
When I tried to find a skype-forum ... a Google search turned up a lot of skype-porn sites and a lot of inactive forums.

One of my sons has just moved to Japan and he uses Skype, so I assume I should also have Skype

Thank you


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26 Dec 2013   #2
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Go here and follow instructions. You will be ok. Downloading and setting up Skype
I too was stationed in Japan in the Navy a while back
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26 Dec 2013   #3
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Thanks crankypenguin for such a quick response

Your suggested download "SkypeSetupFull.exe (from Downloading and setting up Skype) is 33.5 MB -- a generic Winxp/7/8/8.1 version ?
22 x bigger than the 1.5MB "SkypeSetup.exe" I found on Skype site, but right now I cannot remember exactly where)
Skype is only required to talk to my son and my grand-children.
The extra bells and whistles Skype offer, I do not need and the B+Ws come at a cost.

Is it true that Microsoft own Skype?
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26 Dec 2013   #4
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

The 1.5MB download is merely a stub - it ends up downloading the same installer, so you may as well go directly to the beast

There's no extra cost in having the bells and whistles available - if you use the PAYG system, there's no expiry on the credit, so I still have some (lots, actually!) left from my original 10 investment back in July

...and yes, Microsoft has owned Skype for around a year now, and seem to be advancing it nicely (for a change) after some initial hiccups..
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26 Dec 2013   #5
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

A little tip, you may want to add your son to your contact list before you apply all those settings, or he may not be able to add you. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. Also remember you may have to allow Skype in your firewall settings to connect to the internet ( depending on your firewall )

Once you install skype (make sure not to agree to any offers during the install process) , I will give you some pointers on which settings to change. Once you have the program open up on top it should have a list of items you can pick from Skype..Contacts...Conversation..Call...View...Tools..Help. Please press the Tools option then scroll down to Options and pick that. A new window will open. Here is where we will set up our basic settings. On the left side of this window will be some options going down, for now leave those alone, and General Settings should be highlighted. Here you can pick if you would like skype to start when you turn on windows, and also if you want to show your picture in the contacts window ( I would advise against that for general privacy reasons ). The other important option on the left side is Privacy, so please click that. Basically we want to set up your skype so that only authorized people ( your son) can contact you, and not strangers, spammers etc etc. On top it should say Allow calls from.... I would pick People In My Contact List Only. Next item down the line is Automatically Receive video and share screens with... again, pick People in my contacts list only. 3rd Item down the list is Allow IMs from... you guessed it people from your contact list only. On the bottom there are 3 more little boxes with options about showing your status, accepting cookies, and allowing microsoft ads, those are up to you to pick.
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26 Dec 2013   #6
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

NoelDP +1
I have downloaded "the beast" SkypeSetupFull.exe , rather than cloud install
Cloud installs always make me nervous
Last cloud install I (unwittingly) did was "Incredimail" which hijacked almost everything on my PC (browsers and email + toolbars), even after uninstalling it, there was a nag msg every time I booted/rebooted. Finally flushed it out
I spent about 2 hours yesterday trawling through the net reading anything I could find about Skype.
A lot of negative comments by users as late as 2012 -- "advancing nicely" sounds promising
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crankpenguin +1
Thank you for your in depth response ... excellent!
All I want (for now) is one-to-one video (conferencing?)
Would I have to pay Skype for one-to-one video ?
Skype site is very pretty but short on info for dinosaur-newbies
At this point all the bells and whistles just add to the complexity.

I am about to install Skype .. the settings sound like ... "complicated".
The last thing I want is run-away intrusions, junk mail etc

Would appreciate your (or anybody's) tips.
I will "look around" when it is installed and get back here, before doing anything else.
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26 Dec 2013   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

I've never had any problems with Skype - I get (I think) one email a month from them, and no other hassle at all.
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26 Dec 2013   #8
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Hi NoelDP

What do you use Skype for ?
Maybe there are other features I should consider once I have video conferencing mastered.
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27 Dec 2013   #9
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

I only use it for long-distance (international) calls as a rule - my sister lives in Sardinia, so I can use it for a video call to her for free . I also use it if there's going to be a long national call, as it's a lot cheaper than my mobile phone, even allowing for the data-drain on my 3G dongle. It's also handy on my mobile phone if I'm in an area with no coverage, but a Wi-Fi signal I can get at, or if the PAYG credit on the phone has run out
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27 Dec 2013   #10
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When I use video to video with friends ( I am in Europe ) and they are US, Asia, Africa I do not pay a thing. You only have to pay for credits if you want to use the skype to landline calling feature, basically turning skype into a VOIP client sort of. But if two parties have skype and you're just using IM, video to video or IM then it's free of charge
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