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Part: IV Working with Files, Folders and... > Installing Programs with Windows

Chapter 11. Installing Programs with Windows

By itself, Windows 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 chapter looks at Windows'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.


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