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WinMX is one
of those sharing tools out there - just like the good old Napster.
Unfortunally Napster is semi-dead now, so I decided to focus on
a more usefull tool.
This tool will possible, ofcourse, be useless in the near future
... it will, however, give you a good idea how these tools work
Note: if you plan to download a lot, you might want
to consider using LeechGuy instead.
It's using a non-free ($10/month) service and does not have ALL
the files you might be looking for, but it offers a faster way of
- How to setup WinMX
- Making the proper settings - Starting WinMX for
the first time
- Start the first search
- Details on the Server Status
- Start the first download
How to install WinMX
First of all you must get the setup file from the WinMX
website (the original website does not exist anymore - thanks JD for the tip! - try these: WinMX World or WinMX World Archive). If download is slow or not available, the please consider
using a different location, or download
version 3.31 of the last version 3.53 right here from WeetHet.
After downloading (please try to remember where you
downloaded the file too!) you will need to unpack (use either WinZip
or WinRar) the "winmx260.zip"
(depending on the version you just downloaded, the filename might be different).
Now you will have a file called "winmx260.exe", double
click it to start the setup;
The "Welcome"-window now appears,
click the "Next" button to proceed installing.
Next, the "License Agreement"
appears, click "Yes" to continue.
Now "Choose Destination Location",
you may change the installation location if you like, click "Next".
The new window asks you where to create a programgroup, click "Next".
Setup is now finished, click "Finish" to complete the
Making the proper settings
Now it's time to start WinMX for the first time. Click
"START" - "Programs" - "WinMX"
First the "WinMX License Agreement"
appears (again), click "ACCEPT AGREEMENT" to continue.
setup wizard will now guide you through the settings setup, click "Next"
In this window you will have to enter a username
and a password, this can be any username and password you would
like to use for using WinMX.
It is advisable to use an alias like "Joe1234" or "JohnDoe123"
rather than your normal name. The password can be about anything
Note: you might want to write down the
username and password, you might need it in the future.
Click "Next" to continue.
The now appearing dialog will ask you where to download
files to, and what filetypes you would like to share with other user.
This is the basic part of tools like WinMX
and Napster. You
can open a folder that can be accessed by other users, so make
sure that folder does not contain private data! Also make sure you do
not select the root of a drive ...
First select the download folder by clicking the "Browse"
Next identify the filetypes on your local disk you would like to share
with other users:
- MP3 Audio - Music, Soundtracks, etc.
- Pictures (jpg jpeg gif) - Images
- Zip archives - Archived files like programs,
- Video (mpeg mpg mp2 avi asf mov) - Movies
- Other Audio (wav au aif aiff aifc midi) -
Other audio types (not MP3 files)
- Other(s) - Other filetypes
Check what you would like others to see and finish by
In this window you can "Add" or "Remove"
folders you want to share - these folders are accessable by other users
(read-only I hope). Select the folders and click "Next".
Now select the speed of your connection and click "Next"
Tip: ADSL (MXStream) users should select
"128K ISDN" instead of "DSL" - MXStream
is not THAT fast.
Now we get close to the more difficult part, how are
you connected ?
If you're computer is directly connected to a modem
or cable modem, then select the first option "There is a dial-up
If your computer is connected to a LAN network,
corporate network, sharing the Internet connection, connected
to a hub or switch, then select the second option "This computer
is connected ...".
Note: When in doubt select option 2 "This
computer .... (LAN)".
Click "Next" to continue.
If you selected option 1 ("There
is a dial-up ...") then this window will appear, if you did select
the second option then you should skip this and go to
the next picture;
Here you can set if you are using a firewall (options
2, 3 and 4) like ZoneAlarm
or Microsoft Internet Sharing, if you're not running either, you may check
option 1 ("This computer is NOT ...").
Tip: If you're not sure or just want to
be on the safe side, select option 4 "This computer is
Make your selection and click "Next",
now continue reading here (interface appearance).
If you selected the option 2 ("This
computer is connected to the internet through a local area network (LAN)")
in the previous internet connection option, read on.
If you are connected to the Internet using a proxy,
then this is the place to enter the proxy settings.
Click "Next" to continue, this window now appears;
In this window you can set firewall settings as well.
If you know what TCP/IP or UDP/IP ports are open, you can set them now.
If in doubt check the first option "No, my incoming ...".
Click "Next", continue reading.
In the now appearing window we can change the interface
appearance. Basically there are 2 color modes, white background (shown
in the dialog window below) or black (below that dialog window).
I prefer the white background, but some people prefer
the black background.
You can also set if you would like to work with a single
or multiple windows. I suggest that you start by using the single window
since multiple windows can become confusing.
Click "Next" to continue.
You have now completed the WinMX settings-wizard, click
"Finish" to continue. A dialog window appears, stating
that your serverlist is empty.
Click "OK" (make sure you are connected
to the Internet) to retrieve a serverlist.
WinMX starts downloading a list of the available servers.
Once WinMX completes the download the main window will be filled with
a long list ... just don't pay any attention to it (yet).
Starting your first search
OK, so setup and settings are done now,... let's start
looking for our favorite music, just to have an example how things work
Click the "Search" button, this window
now appears allowing you to set the search parameters;
|Artist and/or Title
In the first field you can enter the name of an artist, in the
second filed the title.
It is advisable to use parts of the name of an artist and or title,
since not everyone uses the full names in filenames.
|Connection and File Type
In the first filed, you can select if you want to see all server,
or any servertype based on connection type.
The second field allows you to select a filetype.
||Set the predefined Audio filetypes.
||Set the predefined Video filetypes.
||Set the predefined picture
||Click this button to start
||Click this button to clear
|Search in New Window
||Opens a new window for the
new search results.
||Stops the search.
||Closes this window.
For example, let's say we would like to find "Calling
Elvis" by the "Dire Straits" then this is what
we can enter:
The results appear in the lower pane of this window;
Somethings to keep in mind before we make our selection
- You probably want this file fast, therefor select a fast server.
Click the "Speed" column-header to sort the results.
The fastest connection should be on top, ie. T1, DSL, Cable ...
- You might wnat the best quality MP3 so you compare bitrates
("bitrate" column), the higher the bitrate, the better
the sound quality (use a minimum bitrate of 128 Kbps).
Details on the Server Status - or how to find the right
So how do i detremine if I found the right connection?
Well, the column Server/Status shows you the availability of the server/file
you selected. Let's take a closer look;
Starting you first Download
So now we found some results, and we want the file.
Downloading is pretty straight forward, double click
the file you want to download.
Your selection will now be copied to the "Transfer" window,
which opens right after double clicking the selection.
Here you see the download status... monitor the "Status"
column to see if the download starts OK.
If you get a time-out or any other error, you
might want to consider removing the file from the download queue
by right clicking the file and selecting "Clear".
Other options can be found in the image to the
left which explain themselfs pretty good.
Note: while downloading, WinMX
creates a file called "incomplete downloads.txt"
in the download directory... DO NOT DELETE this file!
Once you get a succesfull connection downloading starts
(this can take several second to start!);
Note: downloading can be pretty slow,...
be patient ... To go back to the search window click "SEARCH"
button and when you want to view the downloading files, click "TRANSFER"
Have fun !