For Seniors: Install a Windows Program on Your Laptop
Windows comes with many built-in programs; others may have been installed by your laptop manufacturer. Install other Windows programs as you need them —some you may find for free, while others you'll need to purchase.
Windows itself comes with several handy accessory programs such as Paint (for creating simple artwork) and the Internet Explorer browser (for browsing the Internet). Other programs, such as Microsoft Works' suite of programs may have come pre-installed by your laptop manufacturer.
These pre-installed programs get you started, but you’re likely to want to install other programs such as games or a financial management program. Today you buy software programs in two ways: you can buy a packaged product which will include a CD or DVD disc or you can buy software online and download it directly to your computer.
Here’s how the installation process varies, depending on which option you choose:
If you buy a boxed product, you simply take out the disc, insert it into the CD/DVD drive of your laptop, and then follow the onscreen instructions. If no instructions appear, you should open Windows Explorer (right-click the Start menu and choose Open Windows Explorer), locate your CD/DVD drive, and double-click the program name. This should launch the wizard that will walk you through the installation.
If you purchase software online at a store such as Amazon or NewEgg, or from the software manufacturer’s site, you simply click the appropriate button to buy the product, follow the directions to pay for it, and then download the product.
Typically during this process you will see a dialog box that asks if you want to save or run the program. Running it should start the installation. If you save it to your laptop, you have to locate the downloaded software with Windows Explorer, and then double-click the application file (which usually ends with .exe).