Install the AOL software using the setup file from a previous installation

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Install the AOL software using the setup file from a previous installation

Based on the installation file that you have on your computer you will get either the version of the AOL software last installed or the one that was last updated on your computer. You may later upgrade your AOL software by going to AOL Keyword: Upgrade. Please note that the Keyword feature is not available in AOL Desktop v10.1.

How to


Install the AOL software using the setup file in waol or SUD folder

The setup file in waol or SUD folder will help install the AOL software that was downloaded from the Web or updated with AOL Software Updates respectively.

The instructions provided below are applicable only for Windows 7/Vista/XP. If you are using an earlier version of Windows, skip to .

To install AOL using the setup file in waol or SUD folder on Windows 7/Vista
1. Click the Start button and click Computer or My Computer.

2. Double-click Local Disk (C:).

3. On the menu bar (if you don't see the menu bar, tap the Alt key on your keyboard; the menu bar will appear), click Tools, and then click Folder options.

4. On the Folder Options window, click the View tab.

5. Choose the option Show hidden files, folders and drives, and then click OK.

6. Double-click ProgramData.

7. Double-click AOL Downloads.

8. Check whether you have a folder that starts with waol or SUD. If yes, double-click the folder. If no, skip to

9. Double-click the folder that's named with numbers. If you find multiple folders, double-click the folder that was modified most recently (the folder(s) name will be in numbers).

10. Double-click the setup file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install the AOL software.

To install AOL using the setup file in waol or SUD folder on Windows XP
1. Click Start and click My Computer.

2. Double-click Local Disk (C:).

3. Click Tools and click Folder Options.

4. The Folder Options window appears, click View.

5. Choose Show hidden files and folders, and then click OK.

6. Double-click Documents and Settings.

7. Double-click All Users.

8. Double-click Application Data.

9. Double-click AOL Downloads.

10. Double-click SUDxxxx (x represents number) folder or the folder that starts with waol. If you have more than one SUDxxxx or waol folders, double-click the one that was modified most recently.

11. Double-click waol-x.xxxx.xx.x, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install the AOL software. If you don't find waol-x.xxxx.xx.x, but find folder(s), double-click the folder that was modified most recently (the folder(s) name will be in numbers). Double-click waol-x.xxxx.xx.x, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install the AOL software.


Install the AOL software using aolback.exe

The installation file (aolback.exe) will install the version of the AOL software last installed on your computer using an AOL CD.

To install the AOL software using aolback.exe
1. Open the Search window.

  • If you are using Windows Vista, click Start, and then click Search. Click the Advanced Search drop-down menu to open it, and then check the box next to Include non-indexed, hidden, and system files (might be slow).
  • If you are using Windows XP, click Start, and then click Search. In the Search Results window, click All files and folders.
  • If you are using Windows 2000/Me, click Start, select Search, and then click For Files and Folders.
  • If you are using Windows 98, click Start, select Find, and then click Files or Folders.

2. Search for the aolback.exe file.

  • If you are using Windows Vista, click the Location drop-down menu to open it, and then choose Local Hard Drives (C:) from the list by clicking it. In the Search box, type aolback.exe, and then click Search.
  • If you are using Windows XP, in the All or part of the file name box, type aolback.exe. Ensure that the Look in box is set to C:\ drive, and then click Search.
  • If you are using Windows 2000/Me, in the Search for files or folders named box, type aolback.exe. Ensure that the Look in box is set to C:\ drive, and then click Search Now.
  • If you are using Windows 98, in the Named box, type aolback.exe. Ensure that the Look in drop-down menu is set to C:\ drive, and then click Find Now.

3. Double-click the aolback.exe file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install the AOL software.

Note: If you are an existing member, the New Member Information window that requests for your name, address, and other details will not appear. If the window appears, updating the information in the window will lead to the creation of a new AOL account. Please read our online help article Sign on to the AOL software as a current member for instructions to sign on with your current screen name.




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Last updated: 06-10-2014
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