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Part III: Early Afternoon Windows Explor... > Installing Programs with Windows XP

Hour 8. Installing Programs with Windows XP

By itself, Windows XP doesn't help you directly with your work. Your application programs do the work. You use application programs to write documents, create graphics, explore the Internet, manage database files, and play games. Somehow you have to get application programs onto your PC. Programs come on CD-ROMs or are downloadable from the Internet. You must run new programs through an installation routine so that Windows XP properly recognizes them.

Some application programs require their own unique, one-of-a-kind installation routines, although, fortunately, you'll install most of today's programs using a uniform method. This hour looks at Windows XP's support for adding programs, discusses unique installation problems you might encounter, explains how to make older programs run, and reviews how to remove programs that you've installed and no longer need.

In this hour, you will

  • Learn why proper installation is critical

  • Use the Add/Remove Programs dialog box effectively

  • Discover where to go when you need to add or remove a Windows component

  • Uninstall programs properly

  • Learn what to do when no adequate uninstall procedure exists


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