To save or not to save setup.exe files

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Q. After I download and install a program, a setup.exe or a related file that I used to install it remains on my Desktop. Can I delete that file or does it have to remain as part of the installation?

A. When you download a program and install it by double-clicking its setup.exe or other launch file, the file you download is safe to delete after installation. Some users like to save setup.exe or install.exe files in case they need to reinstall a program in the future. Rather than reinstalling an older version, I'd recommend downloading the program again, at the time of reinstallation, to obtain the most current version available.

If you want to move the setup file to another location, launch Windows Explorer (press Windows Logo Key + E), navigate to the file, then click to select it. While holding down your right-mouse button, drag it to a new location. When you release the right mouse button you'll see three options: "Copy here, Move here," and "Create Shortcut." Select "Move here" to move the file to the new location.

Q. I've been a subscriber of your weekly newsletter for about two years and I've learned so much from it. I hope you never retire. My question is this: I bought a computer that has Windows XP. In my old computer, that I'm embarrassed to say ran Windows 98, I had "Shutdown" and "Restart" shortcut icons that I created on my Desktop, but I can't seem to do that with XP. Can you help?

A. To recreate those shortcuts in XP, right-click anywhere on your Desktop and select New > Shortcut. Click the Browse button and locate the shutdown.exe file which will be located in the C:\Windows\System32\ folder. Click to select the file , then click OK. Click Next and enter a name for your new shortcut. Something witty and clever such as "Shutdown" will do. Click Finish when you're done.

Next, right-click your new shortcut and select Properties. Click the Shortcut tab and in the Target field, add the following letters (select the appropriate one, depending on your objective) after "shutdown.exe": add -l (to log off), -s (to shut down), or -r (to restart), so your Target will appear: shutdown.exe -s for your Shutdown shortcut. Click OK and you'll be all set.

Q. How can I print the contents of my Outlook Express address book?

A. If you want to keep a printed copy of your contacts in Outlook Express, in your address book, click File > Print. If you would like to print telephone numbers only, click Selection > Phone List and select the number of copies you would like to print, followed by OK. If you want to print everything in your address book, click All.

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