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Upgrading and Fixing Computers: Do-it-Yourself For Dummies® by Andy Rathbone

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Chapter 19. Troubleshooting and Fixing Windows 7

Tasks in this chapter

  • Installing and running Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus software

  • Running older programs well in Windows 7

  • Installing Windows XP Mode to run incompatible Windows XP programs

  • Freeing up disk space with Disk Cleanup

  • Making a Windows 7 System Repair Disk

  • Troubleshooting problems and boosting your computer's performance

The easiest way to avoid problems with Windows 7 is to avoid malware: viruses, worms, and other nasty bits that slip inside your computer and make trouble. Now that Microsoft's released a free antivirus program, you have little excuse for letting those buggers in the door.

Chances are, everybody has a few older programs that have trouble adjusting to the new ways of Windows 7. To keep those old programs happy, Windows 7 offers several ways to help them adjust to their new Windows 7 neighborhood.

This chapter's tasks cover it all, from walking you through downloading and installing Microsoft Security Essentials, to keeping your favorite Windows XP programs chugging along happily either in Windows 7 or in Windows XP Mode.

Finally, it walks you through using Windows 7's built-in troubleshooters that work like technicians on call. They examine your computer, look for problems, and offer to walk you through the cure.

Installing and Running Microsoft Security Essentials Antivirus Software

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