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Chapter four. Running Programs

IN THIS CHAPTER

Adding and Removing Software 126

Installing Programs from the Internet 129

Launching Programs 132

Launching Programs When Windows Starts 135

Switching Between Programs 135

Arranging Windows on Your Desktop 136

Closing Stuck Programs 138

The Bottom Line 140

What use is an operating system if you don't have any software to run on it?

In many ways, the operating system exists as the infrastructure that enables you to run various software programs on your PC. If the operating system is doing its job, you almost forget that it's there. You use the OS to launch your programs, but after they're launched, it stays out of your way.

In this chapter I show you how to use Windows XP to launch your programs. I also show you how to use Windows XP to install and remove programs from your computer system. I even give you a few tips on what to do if a program freezes on you.

When you get your programs up and running, however, you're on your own!

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