Can't run apps created with the Cloud Compilation Service?

The Cloud Compilation Service creates executable files (.EXE) and downloads them to your computer. However, browsers and operating systems generally don't like downloaded executable files, and may interfere with your attempts to run your apps. So here's what to do in this case, depending on which browser and operating system you are using:

1. Google Chrome:

By default, Chrome downloads files to some predefined directory. You can change this behavior, so that Chrome asks you where to save each file. Either way, when the download process starts, Chrome displays a warning at the bottom:

Discard | Drop-down arrow

Do NOT press the "Discard" button - that will delete the downloaded file. Click the drop-down arrow. This will pull-up a menu:

Keep | Learn more

Select the "Keep" option. Now the app is on your disk and you can run it from Windows Explorer (or a similar program), or via Chrome by clicking the downloaded app's name:

Run the app

Of course, you may still need to pass through the operating system defenses, as described below.

Performance tip: You can avoid the first two steps (pulling up menu and selecting "Keep") by changing Chrome's settings. Go to Menu/Settings (Chrome's menu button is usually at the top-right corner). A new tab will open. At the bottom of this new page click "Show advanced settings..." link, and uncheck the "Enable phishing and malware protection" option. However, remember that this is only a suggestion. You shouldn't deactivate this protection unless you are fully aware of the risks.




2. Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 and later:

When you download the app, this bar will appear at the bottom of the browser window:
Run | Save | Cancel
Press the "Run" button. The bar will change to this one:
Delete | Actions | View Downloads
Press the "Action" button. The following dialog will appear:

Do not run this program | Delete program | More options

Click the "More Options" button. This will reveal the "Run anyway" option:

Do not run this program | Delete program | Run anyway

Press the "Run anyway" option. Note that the next time around the "Run anyway" option may be already revealed, which would save you the previous step.

Performance tip: You can simplify matters by deactivating the "SmartScreen" filter for Internet Explorer. Open the IE Internet Options settings (usually via the icon that looks like a cog), select the "Advanced" tab, find the "Enable SmartScreen filter" option (should be almost at the end), uncheck it, and press "OK". Keep in mind, however, that this is only a suggestion. You shouldn't deactivate this defense mechanism unless you are fully aware of the risks.




3. Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and earlier:

When you download the app, this bar will appear, usually at the top of the browser window:

Click here for options...

Click on this bar to drop-down a menu:

Download file...

Select the "Download file" option (the first one). The following dialog will appear:
Run | Save | Cancel
If you press the "Run" button, the app will be downloaded into a predefined directory and activated. You can also press the "Save" button to save the app into a location of your choosing.




4. Mozilla Firefox:

When the download process starts, Firefox displays the following message:
Save File | Cancel
Choose "Save File" and save the executable to a local directory of your choice.
Then, you can run the app via the Windows Explorer (or a similar program), or you can press the down arrow in the browser (usually in the top-right corner and green-colored), and click the last downloaded file:
Run downloaded file, e.g. myapp.exe
Of course, you may still need to pass through the operating system defenses, as described below.




5. Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7:

When you try to run an executable file that was downloaded from the Internet, MS-Windows displays the following message (or something similar):
Run downloaded file, e.g. myapp.exe
Just click the "Run" button. Don't worry about the "Unknown Publisher" stuff - that unknown publisher is actually you. If you intend to run your app multiple times, then you may want to uncheck the "Always ask before opening this file" mark - that will prevent this warning from reappearing next time you run the same app (but not a different app, even if it was compiled from the same code and saved under the same name).




6. Microsoft Windows 8/8.1:

Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft introduced "Windows SmartScreen", which deliberately confuses you (for your own good, of course) if you try to run downloaded apps:

More info | OK

Yes, you have to forget your instincts and press the barely visible "More info" option instead of the so inviting "OK" button. Only then, another button called "Run Anyway" will magically appear:

Run anyway | Do not run

Press the "Run anyway" button.

Performance tip: You can turn off the SmartScreen and revert to the more friendly warning of Windows 7 and earlier (as described above). Go to "Control Panel\System and Security\Action Center" (you can simply copy+paste this path to Windows Explorer path box). Click "Change Windows SmartScreen settings" option on the left panel. In the dialog that opens select the last option: "Don't do anything (turn off Windows SmartScreen)" and press "OK". You may need administrator access to do this. However, remember that this is only a suggestion. You shouldn't deactivate the SmartScreen unless you are fully aware of the risks.





Note: In general you should be careful about running downloaded executables, because they may contain malware (viruses and such) - the abovementioned defense mechanisms are there for a reason. But the Cloud Compilation Service downloads the apps that you created yourself, so they should be safe to run, assuming, of course, that you didn't create a virus yourself :-)

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