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Chapter 14. Maintaining Your Computer > Installing or Uninstalling a Program

Installing or Uninstalling a Program

Windows comes with a collection of accessory programs with simple functionality. If you need more program functionality, software programs are available for purchase. Before you can use a software program, you need to install it first. Most software programs come with their own installation program, which copies the program files to different places on your computer, some in a program folder and others in the Windows folder. When you install a new program on your computer, the Start menu highlights the menus you need to click to start the program. If you no longer use a program, you can remove it from your computer, which saves hard disk space. Windows keeps track of all the files you install, so you should uninstall a program, instead of deleting folders and files, to remove it.

Install a Software Program

Close all running programs, and then insert the program installation CD into the CD-ROM drive.

If the CD starts, follow the instructions provided to install the software.

If the CD doesn't start or you're installing from a network or different drive, click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

Double-click the Add Or Remove Programs icon in Classic view.

Click Add New Programs.

Click CD Or Floppy, and then click Next.

If the setup program doesn't appear, click Browse to locate it on the CD or a network, and then click Next.

TIMESAVER You can double-click a programs setup.exe or install.exe program in a folder window to install it.

Click Finish, and then follow the installation instructions.



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