What program can I use...?

to opne a PPT file? isn’t that power point? do i have it automatically on XP? can i use any other program instead?

You can download a free Powerpoint viewer from Microsoft.

For reasons known only to Microsoft, the full version of Powerpoint only comes with Office XP Pro, so if you need to make any changes to the file, you’re out of luck. No other program, AFAIK, will open the sucker. The free viewer cited by Q.E.D. is your lifesaver if you just need to look at the presentation.