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How Do I Install Skype®

September 20, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

How to install Skype® on a Windows-based PC and make a call to any person

Skype® is a comprehensive tool that is easy to use for voice and chat communications over the Internet and even includes a video call feature. The popular application is mainly used for calling other Skype® users over the Internet. Additionally, calls to mobile phones and landlines to both local and international phone numbers can be made for a fee. Skype® users can easily search for another user in the registered users database. If they have a microphone and a sufficient Internet connection, you can call that person with just one click. To install Skype® on a Windows-based PC, follow the instructions below.

Instructions:

  1. Open your Internet browser, then enter and go to the web address www.skype.com
  2. On the Skype™ main navigation bar, locate the “Get Skype™” option and roll your mouse over it to find and choose the “Windows” option.
  3. Click on the blue button “Download Skype®”.
  4. Save the file to any location in your computer.
  5. Locate the downloaded file and run the installer by double clicking on the file. If your operating system asks you for confirmation, click on the “Run” button.
  6. Select the language and then read the “Skype® End User License Agreement” and “Skype® Privacy Statements”. Once that is completed, click on the “I Agree – Install” button.
  7. On the next window, set your preferences and then click on the “Continue” button.
  8. When the installation is finished, click on the “Start Skype®” button.
  9. On the page “Create a new Skype® account”, fill in all the needed information. Click on the “I agree – create account” button. (If you already have an account, click on the “Cancel” button)
  10. After you have created your account, the application will launch and then you can use it.

Tips and tricks:

  • If you have a webcam, install it and Skype® will enable the video calls automatically.
  • If you want to make calls to mobile or landline phone numbers, click on the “Call Phones” button in the left pane of the interface to display the numbers.
  • To purchase a credit, go to “Skype® > Buy Skype Credit“.

Warnings:

  • Do not share your account and password with anyone as it may lead to misuse, for example, making unauthorized paid calls.

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