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Uninstalling

As I said in Chapter 30, if you have a program that you don't want anymore, don't just erase the files. The proper way to go about uninstalling a program is to use the Add/Remove Programs tool from the Control Panel. A wizard will lead you through the rest of the procedure; all you have to do is answer the questions it asks and do what it tells you to do. (If it asks you whether it's OK to restart the computer, say Yes.)

The READ.ME File

Sometimes the installation program will create a file on your hard disk called README or README.TXT. This file contains information that the programmers discovered too late to include in the manual. Here you'll find any late-breaking news about additional features, features that work differently from the way the manual describes them, and any known bugs or incompatibilities with other software or hardware. You might not understand some of the information in the READ.ME file (no one understands it all), but it's a good idea to scan through it anyway, just in case there's something that's important to you.

To open the README file, just double-click it. Usually the file is in ASCII (plain text) format, so WordPad or some other program on your disk will open it automatically. If that doesn't work, open it with any word processing program.



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