i have decided to break up the questions for i have had someone become pissy when related yet separate by a thin degree topics are in one post.
after downloading xampp and while firefox preferences show 'save downloads in download directory'.
xampp is not in the downloads directory in the gui or cmi.
in the other xampp that was downloaded many days ago, i did a system search for it using the string name shown in the downloads window in firefox/tools/downloads and xampp was not found anywhere.
is there a ini file with firefox that needs to be toy`d with.
are there configeration files that need massaging in connection firefox or any downloading destination from any source http or ftp.
i can go back to firefox/tools/downloads and click the item and then the archive manager will come up asking what to do with said item.
but as far as to where it is ? .