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Chapter 30. Windows Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs

Add or Remove Programs

The Add/Remove Programs icon does just what its name implies. It's critically important for deleting programs, but you probably won't use it very often to add programs. Most of the time, when you add a new program, you'll use the installer that came with the program (it usually runs automatically when you insert the program's CD-ROM into your drive, but you may need to click the program's setup icon).

The Remove function is usually the best way to get rid of programs you no longer need. Although it's possible just to drag a program's files from your hard drive into the Recycle Bin and delete them, that's really not a good idea. Programs don't just occupy space on your drive. They also put code into a special file called the Windows Registry and they sometimes put files or code in other places as well. If you don't use Remove Programs, you can't be sure that all vestiges of the program are gone. And the leftover bits could slow down your PC or make it work erratically.


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