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How to change your default programs and enable or remove access to Microsoft Windows and non-Microsoft programs
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When you install Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows XP Service Pack 1a (SP1a), the Set Program Access and Defaults feature is added to the Add or Remove Programs tool in Windows XP. You can use this feature to change the default programs that you use for certain activities on your computer, such as surfing the Internet, sending e-mail messages, playing CD-ROMs, or talking with friends by using an instant messaging program. You can also specify the programs that are available on the Start menu, on the desktop, and in other locations.
You must have administrative rights to change the default program settings in Windows XP. If you use Microsoft Windows XP Professional, and your computer is part of a network domain, you must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to change the default program settings. If you use Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition, and your computer does not belong to a network domain, you must be logged on as a computer administrator to change the default program settings.
To use the Set Program Access and Defaults feature to change the default programs that you use for certain activities, follow these steps:
For additional information about how to use the Set Program Access and Defaults feature, including troubleshoot information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
328326For additional information about Windows XP service packs, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328326/ )How to use the Set Program Access and Defaults feature in Windows XP Service Pack 1
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389/ )How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
Article ID: 332003 - Last Review: June 1, 2004 - Revision: 3.3