Programs (software) are designed to perform certain functions on your computer, and many of them can either be installed from the Web or by using an installation CD. There are many different types of programs (e.g., anti-virus, word processing) that you can install on a Microsoft Windows XP operating system using an installation CD. An installation CD includes setup files, removal tools and components needed to run a program. While the programs are different, the installation process is generally quite similar and involves a few basic steps.
Close all currently-running programs before beginning the installation process. This is a general requirement before installing any new program.
Place your installation CD into the CD-ROM drive on your PC. The CD should automatically begin to run and start the installation wizard.
Click the Windows "Start" button if it does not automatically run. Click "My Computer." Right-click the CD-ROM drive containing the installation CD and click "AutoPlay." The CD begins to run and opens the installation wizard.
Follow the guided prompts to install the program, as it varies with different programs. Read and accept the license agreements when prompted and select the destination folder to which to install the program.
State whether you want to install a shortcut to the desktop and system tray if prompted and finish the installation.
Restart your computer if you are prompted. Some programs (e.g., anti-virus) require you to restart your computer to complete the installation.
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