You can do a lot with the programs and features that are included in Windows, but you'll probably want to install other programs.

How you add a program depends on where the installation files for the program are located. Typically, programs are installed from a CD or DVD, from the Internet, or from a network.

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To install a program from a CD or DVD

  • Insert the disc into your computer and then follow the instructions on your screen. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Many programs installed from CDs or DVDs will attempt to launch an install wizard for the program automatically. In these cases, the AutoPlay dialog box will appear and you can choose to run the wizard. For more information, see AutoPlay: frequently asked questions.

    If a program doesn't begin to install, check the information that came with the program. This information will likely provide instructions for installing the program manually. If you cannot access the program's information, you can also browse through the disc and open the program's setup file, usually called Setup.exe or Install.exe.

To install a program from the Internet

  1. In your web browser, click the link to the program.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To install the program immediately, click Open or Run and follow the instructions on your screen. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    • To install the program later, click Save and download the installation file to your computer. When you are ready to install the program, double-click the file and follow the instructions on your screen. This is a safer option because you can scan the installation file for viruses before you proceed.

Note

  • When downloading and installing programs from the Internet, be sure you trust the publisher of the program and the website that is offering the program. For more information, see When to trust a website.

To install a program from a network

If your computer is on a network (such as an internal corporate network) that offers programs that you can add, you can install programs from Control Panel.

  1. Open Get Programs by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Programs, and then clicking Get Programs.

  2. Select a program from the list, and then click Install.

  3. Follow the instructions on your screen. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.