I’m installing a program, but it didn’t put a shortcut on my desktop. Where did the program go?
Most programs’ default location is in a folder in the Program Files. Shortcuts don’t change the real location of a file or program. They only make it easier to access the file or program from the desktop.
To find your newly-installed program, go to the Start menu and select All Programs. You may have to hold your mouse over the All Programs option for a few moments to get the full list instead of the recently-used list. Just scroll to your program and click on it to start.
Now for the neat part: in most XP setups, your recently installed program will be highlighted in yellow. This can really help if it’s listed under the manufacturer’s name instead of the program name in the All Programs list.