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HP Notebook PCs - Cannot Install or Use Software Applications and Games (Windows XP)

Description
Some applications on HP Pavilion or Compaq Presario Notebook PCs will not install or run correctly unless you are logged on with administrative privileges. See Step 1: Setting account privileges, if you are unable to install or run a program.
Applications that were not created for Microsoft Windows XP may run in compatibility mode. See Step 2: Using compatibility mode, if a program will not run correctly in Windows XP.
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Compatibility mode should only be selected if the program was not designed for Windows XP and will not work with the Windows XP operating system. Compatibility mode will not work for all programs because the program may need to access specific files that were installed on the previous operating system, but are no longer available on the new operating system. Check for updates for the specific program before trying to run the program in compatibility mode.
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Only the person who installed a program may have access to it. Log in as the person who installed a program to be sure that you can see and run it.
Solution
Perform the following steps to resolve the issue:
Step 1: Set account privileges
Log in as the main user (owner) and add administrative privileges to an account as follows:
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Step 1: Setting account privileges will only work with Windows XP Home edition.
  1. Click Start, and then Control Panel.
    The Control Panel window will open.
  2. In Control Panel, click User Accounts.
    The User Accounts window will open.
  3. Click Change an account.
  4. Click the account that you want to change.
  5. Click Change the account type.
  6. Select Computer administrator.
  7. Click Change Account Type.
  8. Close any open windows.
You have now changed the account type.
Step 2: Use compatibility mode
While in Windows XP, launch the Program Compatibility Wizard and follow the guided on-screen instructions. As an alternative, follow the steps below:
  1. Select the program that you want to run in compatibility mode:
    1. Click Start, and then All Programs.
    2. Select the program group, then the program that you want to run in compatibility mode.
    3. Right-click the icon for the program that you want to run.
    4. Click Properties.
  2. Set the program to run in compatibility mode:
    1. In the Properties screen, click the Compatibility tab.
    2. Select Run this program in compatibility mode for:
    3. From the drop-down list, select Windows 98/Windows Me.
    4. Click Apply, and then OK.
You have now set the program to run in compatibility mode.

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