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Install and Setup Files

, 28 Mar 2013
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Use iPhone to install Windows software.


Why risk downloading all your installation software to a USB stick that is probably being infected by the computer you want to save? Because you don't have any other option? With an iPhone you do have a very good option. Its operating system is renowned for being virus free!


With 13 years of developing Microsoft solutions all my computers became vulnerable to the Internet through install and uninstall activities. Trying out new software, needing new drivers, or even visiting every link that offered insight into the solution I was trying to provide.

Using an iPhone

It will cost to have the App 'iFiles' installed on your iPhone, but it begins to pay off when you rescue those Windows computers! To get the install software in to the iFiles App can be tricky at times, as most modern sites try to change the browser layout to iPhone type or try to redirect you to the App Store. Holding down the download click and opening the download in a new page will get the install file into your iPhone Browser. Then tap the page to open in iFiles.

Use of Netsh code

It is probably best to use Netsh and a Hosted Wireless Network to connect your iPhone to your Windows PC. This means that you never forget to reset your default wireless network File Sharing to disabled, or it's IP address to auto config. To create the Hosted wireless network use:

  • netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=<network name> key=<passkey>
  • Making sure that your Wireless LAN is enabled, you can start your Hosted Network thus:

  • netsh wlan start hostednetwork

For the first part you will need to open the Command Prompt (cmd.exe) using Administrator privileges. The second can be put in to Notepad and saved as a Bat file with the Administrator Option selected in it's shortcut file. Changing the 'start' to 'stop' and saving as a separate Stop File, you can turn on and off the Hosted Network with a click.

With you Hosted Network up and running, connect your iPhone to it and open the iFiles App. Initialize the iFiles Wi-Fi sharing mode and Using your Windows web browser type in the IP address displayed on your iPhone. Then download and install the software you can be sure on!

Hope it helps Smile

Please note that having used up a major proportion of my iPhone storage space I resorted to buying a PQI Air Pen to use for storing all my Films and Music Videos on. I'ts network functions and the ability to swap SDHC cards meant freedom for my iPhone and hence for my Windows PCs!


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About the Author

IPI Paul
Software Developer (Junior)
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Developed my 1st Accounts Database in 1994 using Lotus 123. Following that, a Payroll Database in 1999 using Microsoft Access 1997. I then went on to developing my 1st intergrated Multi Currency and Multi Department Accounts and Payroll database in 2002 using Microsoft Access 2000 then upgraded it to 2003.

I have been sharing Microsfot Software Solutions on the web since 1999. In trying to improve the quality of my work, I have studied Microsoft Office packages from 95 to 2013, Microsoft SQL Server version 7 to 2012 Dev, MySQL, PHP, C++, visual Basic 6, HTML, CSS, XML, Vbscript, JavaScript, DOS, IIS version 4 to 7 and all Microsoft Client and Server Operating Systems from Windows 95 to Windows 8 Pro.

My aim is to learn and utilize everything that makes an office run smoothly.

Vbscript, SQL Script, JavaScript, Visual Basic Macros, Microsoft Excel and Access Macros, Stored Procedures, C# for Asp.Net, SSRS.

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