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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Managing Software Once It’s Installed
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Managing Software Once Its Installed
Installing software is only one part of software management. Often after you install
software, you’ll need to make configuration changes to your computer or the software
itself. You may want files of a certain type to open in the software when you click or
double-click the files in Windows Explorer. You may need to reconfigure, repair, or
uninstall the software. Alternatively, you may need to resolve problems with the way
the software starts or runs. I discuss all of these tasks in the sections that follow.
Assigning Default Programs
When you install productivity applications, such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Pho-
toshop, the installation process may configure your computer so that certain types of
files automatically open in the application when you click or double-click it in Win-
dows Explorer. The installation process may also configure your computer so that
when you insert media containing music, video, or pictures, the media is opened and
played automatically using a particular application.
Associating an application with particular file types and running an application for
certain types of media are separate features. You make files with a specific extension
or type open in a specific program by associating the file extension or type with the
program. You make media on CDs, DVDs, or portable devices open and play in a
particular program by making a program the default for AutoPlay.
You configure file associations and default programs either only for yourself or glo-
bally for all users of your computer. Your individual default settings override global
default settings. For example, you might want Apple iTunes to be your default audio
player, but the global default for all users could be set to use Windows Media Player.
Setting your default programs
You can configure your default programs by completing the following steps:
1. Click Start and then click Default Programs.
2. Click “Set your default programs.”
3. As shown in Figure 4-7, select a program you want to work with from the Pro-
grams list.
4. If you want the program to be the default for all the file types and protocols it sup-
ports, click “Set this program as default” and click OK. Skip the remaining steps.
5. If you want the program to be the default for specific file types and protocols,
click “Choose defaults for this program.”
6. As shown in Figure 4-8, select the file extensions and protocols for which the
program should be the default.
7. Click Save.
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Figure 4-7. Selecting the program you want to work with
Figure 4-8. Configuring file extensions to associate with the program

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