How to Find Out What Is Being Installed on Your Computer

By Contributing Writer

Dozens of various programs may be installed on your computer. But not every program creates an icon on Desktop or a folder in the Start menu. Thus you may not know if a particular software is installed. Fortunately, the Windows Control Panel allows you to conveniently access the list of all programs on your computer.

In Windows Vista/7

Step 1

Log in to a user account in Windows.

Step 2

Click "Start" and then "Control Panel."

Step 3

Click "Programs" and then choose "Programs and Features" option.

Step 4

Scroll down the list that contains all software that is installed on your computer. The column "Installed On" specifies a date on which a particular program was installed.

In Windows XP

Step 1

Log in to a user account in Windows.

Step 2

Click "Start" and open "Control Panel."

Step 3

Click "Add or Remove Programs."

Step 4

Scroll down the program list to see software installed on your computer.