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Installing Programs

If you’ve upgraded to XP, you’ll find some improvements in the installation process. Windows 9x users will find that Microsoft has improved the Add or Remove Programs dialog box. More important, XP won’t let poorly designed programs harm your system by installing outdated drivers and system files. Windows 2000 users will find improved compatibility; many programs (especially games) that acted cranky or refused to run under Windows 2000 will run under XP properly. Most installations go smoothly, but be aware of a few things:

Be an Administrator. XP is a multiuser OS that supports Administrator, Limited, and Guest user accounts (see “Setting up User Accounts” in Chapter 16). Only Administrators can install programs without restriction (Figure 6.1).


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