Appendix A. Installing QuickBooks in Ten Easy Steps

If you haven't already installed QuickBooks, get it over with right now:

  1. Turn on the PC.

    Find and flip on the computer's power switch. (Depending on which version of Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or 7 you're using, your screen may look a little different from the figures here. I'm using Windows Vista, by the way. Not that you care, or that it matters. . . .)


    If you're installing QuickBooks on a computer running a professional or business edition of Windows, you may need to log on as either the administrator or a user with administrator rights. With the business flavors of the Windows operating systems, Windows security features require an administrator to install the QuickBooks program.

  2. Get the QuickBooks CD.

    Rip open the QuickBooks package and get out the CD (which looks exactly like the ones that play music).

  3. Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive.

    Windows recognizes that you inserted the QuickBooks CD and displays a little message box that tells you "Welcome to QuickBooks." Click Next to really get things started.

  4. Indicate that you accept the QuickBooks licensing agreement and then click Next.

    QuickBooks next asks whether you agree to play by its rules, as outlined in tedious detail in the licensing agreement displayed onscreen. Assuming you do — and you have to agree in order to install the software — select the I Accept The Terms of the License Agreement (But Only Because I Have No Other Choice) button and click Next.

  5. Select the Express ...

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