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Insider Power Techniques for Microsoft® Windows® XP by Austin Wilson, Scott Andersen, Geoff Winslow, Paul McFedries

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Chapter 6. Installing and Running Programs

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to:

  • Install software safely.

  • Launch programs easily using a variety of methods.

  • Run an application as a different user.

  • Operate older programs with success by understanding application compatibility.

Almost all users purchase and learn how to use their computers for one reason: to run applications. This means that we who spend a not-insignificant chunk of our computing lives installing software and launching programs also expend our fair share of time trying to recover from problems created by recent software installations, or when other users run programs they weren’t supposed to. It makes sense, therefore, to learn the right ways to add software to our computers and run ...

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