Launching programs is one of the most fundamental operating system tasks, so it isn’t surprising that Windows XP offers an impressive number of ways to go about doing this:
Click the Start button to open the Start menu. If you’ve run a program repeatedly, its name should appear in the list of most frequently used applications, so click its icon. Otherwise, click All Programs and then open the menus until you see the program’s icon, and then click the icon.
Double-click the executable file’s name. Use Windows Explorer to find the application’s executable file, and then double-click that file name.
Double-click a shortcut icon on the desktop. If a shortcut points to a program’s executable file, double-clicking the shortcut will ...