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Chapter 11. Working with Applications > Installing Applications

Installing Applications

Most software is shipped now with an accompanying installation program—a small program whose sole function is to get the software installed and configured on your PC. Generally, the more sophisticated the application you are installing, the more sophisticated the installation program will be. There certainly are exceptions to this rule, however. Installation programs vary from product to product in regard to their flexibility, friendliness, and capability to cope with problems that occur during the installation. However, most, if not all, applications you acquire provide you with some form of installation instructions.

The process of installing application programs is almost always the same for DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows NT, and Windows 95 programs. The process usually involves running a program located on the first disk of the installation set. Often the program is called INSTALL or SETUP and has an extension of EXE, COM, CMD, or BAT. To be sure of what program launches installation, read the installation instructions first. After this program is located and launched, an intelligent process then takes over to guide you through the rest of the installation. Starting with version 4.0, a special utility, the Add/Remove Programs applet, handles many chores associated with installing applications. Using the Add/Remove Programs applet is covered later in this section.


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