Software installers which download data from servers to complete installation are an irritating trend. Unfortunately, it is widespread now, and unless you search for full offline installers long and hard, you are unlikely to get them. Yahoo Messenger, Skype, Google Chrome (I noticed it when reviewing Google Chrome) etc. are some of the programs which require you to be online while installing the program.
They typically have an installer file under 1 MB, which then download files to complete installation. While this might not be a problem for broadband users, dialup users and others with poor connectivity would benefit from an offline installer that you could get from a nearby web browsing center (in your USB drive, for example).
Such offline packages are provided by companies so that they can track the number of downloads, among other things. Some download sites like CNET’s download.com provides all software as such downloader+online download combo so that they can slip in additional software, show ads and more.
Even if you have a fast internet connection, the extra software bloat installed, and ads itself should be reason enough for you to start using offline setup files for all your software needs.ADVERTISEMENT
Skype standalone installer
Skype has a standalone installer (which works even if you are offline).
Download Skype offline installer and double click it to begin setup. You will be prompted with a UAC warning, click Accept.
The next few steps would involve simply clicking ‘Next’ a few times – there is nothing to tweak (unless you want to install your programs in a partition other than C:\).
In the second step, make sure you leave the checkbox empty for “Yes, I want to install Browser Highlighter”. You would not even find it interesting unless you’re a power user.
Skype should now be installed and ready to use thanks to our standalone installer. This was tested on a Windows Vista system, although It should work on Windows XP and Windows 7 too – leave a comment if you find any problems while using the offline installer. Using this also allows you to install Skype on multiple computers without having to download the online Skype setup file multiple times – saving bandwidth.
This link above will always point to the latest full setup file that does not require internet connection to install, so you can pass this link to your friends etc.