Adobe Reader: Is it the best choice?

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Q. I downloaded the newest Adobe Reader, but I still have the previous version on my computer. Should I delete the older one or does the newer one need the older one to function?

A. The free is a good program to have on hand in order to view .PDF documents. Even better is the . It's also free, but it's 1/10th the size of the rather bloated Adobe Reader.

Turning to your question, as a general rule, it's a good idea to remove (uninstall) older versions of software before installing newer versions -- with the exception of partial updates that only replace specific files.

In your situation, because both versions of Adobe are installed, go to the Control Panel, click Add/Remove Programs, then remove both versions of the Adobe Reader. Reboot (restart) your computer, and if you prefer to continue with the Adobe Reader, as opposed to using Foxit, download and install the latest version again, this time as a "clean" installation, with no other versions on your system.

Q. I'm periodically pestered with a message on my XP machine to renew my password. Is there some way I can tell it to mind its own business and leave me alone?

A. Yes, there sure is. If you would like to disable that feature so your password never expires, right-click My Computer and select Manage. Click the plus sign (+) next to "Local Users and Groups" which appears to the left of the "Computer Management" window.

Click to open the "Users" folder to display a list of individuals with access to the computer. Right-click Administrator > Properties > General tab, and check the box next to "Password never expires," followed by Apply > OK to apply your changes and close the Management window.

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