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.