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How to calculate MD5 checksums in Windows
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pattpup


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PostPosted: Sat 24 Mar 2007, 17:15    Post subject:  How to calculate MD5 checksums in Windows  

One of the problems for the new Puppy Linux user is to be able to checksum the file he/she has just downloaded. There are a number of posts in this forum and in the 2.14 manual that describe how to do this in Linux or in DOS. But the new Puppy user eager to try it has probably downloaded in Windows and does not have Linux running on a PC (and a DOS box is not user-friendly). It would be nice to verify the MD5 sum before burning the ISO which will probably be done with Nero or equivalent software that came with the burner. A Google search will turn up a dozen or more MD5 sum utilities for Unix, Linux, DOS, Windows etc. The Windows MD5 sum program I use and recommend is Karen's Hasher v 2.2.1, free at www.karenware.com. This supports drag and drop the file into the window that opens. It will handle multiple files and even folders. A button pastes the MD5sum into the clipboard. And there is a choice of checksums: MD5, SHA-1 SHA-224 and more.
The only caveat is that since all her utilities are written in VB6 the VB6 runtime must be installed on the PC before the utility will work - it is not large, about 1MB. The VB6 runtime is also available on her download pages.
Finally, a note for those new to downloading large files that have MD5sums. They must also download the MD5sum which is invariably a .txt file and save it somewhere to have it available when the MD5 is computed.
Simple things but not obvious if you are doing it for the first time. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun 25 Mar 2007, 00:53    Post subject: MD5sums for Windows  

check MD5sums for Windows - info on this page
http://puppylinux.org/wikka/MD5sum

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PaulBx1

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PostPosted: Sun 25 Mar 2007, 21:59    Post subject:  

There is a md5sum program for windows on the puppy download page:

http://puppyos.org/download/downpage.htm

Unfortunately it doesn't work. I've always thought this should be removed or replaced with something that does work, as it obviously leaves a bad impression to anyone first encountering Puppy. Embarassed
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Sit Heel Speak


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PostPosted: Sun 25 Mar 2007, 22:18    Post subject:  

In a DOS window in Win 98SE, I use md5sum.exe, 49152 bytes, which can be downloaded at

http://trog.qgl.org/browse/tools/md5sum.exe

The download link is near the top of the page where it says

------ | download file tools/md5sum.exe now |------

not at the "md5sum.exe" listing further below.
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Billwho?


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PostPosted: Mon 26 Mar 2007, 06:55    Post subject:  

I just found nine applications listed on this page at Downloads.com.
HkSFV 2.01 appears to be the best option for what you were after as it has received a 5star feedback rating and from the small amount I read uses a two pane graphical interface.

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This utility checks the validity of downloaded files by quickly comparing the files to a previously generated checksum. With HkSFV's simple two-pane interface, you can easily browse for files or folders to validate.

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Redphantom_z

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PostPosted: Tue 16 Feb 2010, 18:21    Post subject: MD5 Checksum  

Being Completely new to all of this, I have tried most of all the methods listed so far. The easiest and simplest by far is MD5 Checker 2.31 which is available at CNET Downloads.

http://download.cnet.com/MD5-Checker/3000-2092_4-10410639.html?tag=bc
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ttuuxxx


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PostPosted: Mon 22 Feb 2010, 10:08    Post subject: Re: MD5 Checksum  

Redphantom_z wrote:
Being Completely new to all of this, I have tried most of all the methods listed so far. The easiest and simplest by far is MD5 Checker 2.31 which is available at CNET Downloads.

http://download.cnet.com/MD5-Checker/3000-2092_4-10410639.html?tag=bc


Your link doesn't work, but this one does Smile
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-Management/MD5-Checker.shtml
I've been using that for years now, great freeware program Smile
also another great freeware image burning program is image burn Smile
http://www.imgburn.com/
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