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Chapter 40. Stocking Up on Software > Software You Already Have

Software You Already Have

There are some simple application programs preinstalled with Windows XP, including a rudimentary word processor (WordPad), a painting program (Paint), some games, and some utilities. You'll find these programs in the Accessories menu by clicking Start, selecting All Programs, and clicking Accessories. You might find that these programs are sufficient for your needs, and you don't need to buy anything else in that category.

But you probably will want to get your hands on additional software. Notice, I didn't say “buy.” Well, believe it or not, you don't always have to pay for software. No, I'm not suggesting that you steal it: There are actually programs you can get for free—with no strings attached—and some that you're allowed to try out for free and only pay for if you decide to keep them.


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