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Article ID: 305548 - Last Review: July 15, 2004 - Revision: 2.4

This article was previously published under Q305548

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SUMMARY

This article describes how to add programs and Windows components to your Windows XP-based computer.

The Add or Remove Programs tool helps you to manage programs on your computer. This tool enables you to add a new program, or to change or remove an existing program.

Also, you can use the Add or Remove Programs tool to add the Windows XP components that you did not select when you performed the original installation of Windows XP, for example, networking options or Indexing Service files.

How to Install Windows Components

  1. Log on to the computer as an administrator.

    Note You must be logged on to the computer as either an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to complete this procedure.
  2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  3. In Control Panel, double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.

    The Windows Components Wizard starts and the Windows Components screen appears. The components that are available are:
    • Accessories and Utilities
    • Fax Service
    • Indexing Service
    • Internet Explorer
    • Internet Information Services (IIS)
    • Management and Monitoring Tools
    • Message Queuing
    • MSN Explorer
    • Networking Services
    • Other Network File and Print Services
    • Update Root Certificates
    Note Internet Information Services (IIS) and Message Queuing are not included in Windows XP Home Edition. They are available only in Windows XP Professional.
  5. You can either click to select or click to clear each check box to add or remove a component.

    Note A shaded box means that only part of the component can be installed.
  6. To observe what is included in a component, click the component, and then click Details.

    Note If the Details button is unavailable, the component does not have any subcomponents that are associated with it.
  7. Follow the instructions in the Windows Components Wizard.

    Note Certain Windows components need to be configured before they can be used. If you installed one or more of these components, and you did not configure them, and then you clicked Add/Remove Windows Components, a list of components that you must configure appears. To configure a component, click Configure, and then follow the instructions on the screen. To add a new component, click Components, and then follow the instructions in the Windows Components Wizard.

An Example of How to Install the FTP Service

Note Internet Information Services, and the FTP Service, are not available on Windows XP Home Edition.
  1. Log on to the computer as an administrator.
  2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  4. In the Windows Components Wizard, under the Components list, click Internet Information Services, and then click Details.
  5. In the Internet Information Services dialog box, click to select the FTP Service check box if it is not already selected, and then click OK.
  6. In the Windows Components Wizard, click Next. The Windows Components Wizard displays the Configuring Components screen that has a status bar that displays the progress of the configuration. If you are prompted, insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. Setup copies the FTP Service and tool files to your computer.
  7. When Setup is complete, the Completing the Windows Components Wizard screen is displayed. Click Finish to close the wizard.

How to Install a Program from a CD-ROM or Floppy Disk

  1. Log on to the computer as an administrator.
  2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Add New Programs.
  4. Click either CD or Floppy. Either an "Install Program from Floppy Disk" message or the CD-ROM Wizard prompts you to insert the first installation floppy disk or CD-ROM of the product.
  5. Insert either the floppy disk or CD-ROM, and then click Next. When Setup starts, you must follow the prompts.
  6. When Setup is complete, click Close to close the Add or Remove Programs window.

    Note When you use the Add or Remove Programs tool, you can install only the programs that are written for Windows-based operating systems.

How to Install a Program from a Network

  1. Log on to the computer as an administrator.
  2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Add New Programs.

    Note If your computer is connected to a network, the programs that you are authorized to add are displayed at the bottom of the screen. If your network administrator has organized programs into categories, you may need to click a different option in Category to locate the program that you want to add.
  4. Click the program that you want to add, and then click Add. When Setup starts, you must follow the prompts.
  5. When Setup is complete, click Close to close the Add or Remove Programs window.

    Note When you start a program or try to perform a task in a program, you may observe a dialog box that indicates that the program is being installed or updated by Windows Installer. This behavior can occur if your administrator has set up the program to be installed in this manner, if program files have been deleted or corrupted, or if you are attempting to use a program feature that had not been installed during Setup. If the program had been installed from a CD-ROM, or if you are not connected to the network, Windows Installer may prompt you to insert the CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. When Windows Installer finishes, the program or feature that you are attempting to use starts.

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2002
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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