Install and Start Quicken 2013
You install Quicken 2013 the same way that you install any program in Windows. If you need help installing Quicken, here are the step-by-step instructions. Installing Quicken from a CD is easy:
Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive.
In a short amount of time, Quicken should display the Quicken 2013 install wizard window. The window just reads Welcome to Quicken 2013!
If nothing happens when you put the CD into the CD-ROM drive, don’t panic! First, try removing the CD and then putting it in again. If Windows still doesn’t recognize the CD, you need to tell Windows that it should install your Quicken program.
In many versions of Windows (but not necessarily with your version), you do this with the Windows Control Panel by using the Programs tool. To do this, refer to your Windows user guide or a good book about your version of Windows.
Quicken then displays a window that asks you a couple of questions:
Whether you accept the Quicken license agreement.
Whether you’re okay if Quicken sends anonymous usage statistics to Intuit.
You can answer the install wizard’s questions by selecting the check boxes in front of the questions.
Quicken displays the next window of the install wizard, which asks where you want to install Quicken. You should accept the installation’s program suggestion. (The installation program suggests a Quicken subfolder in your Program Files folder.)
Quicken displays yet another window of the install wizard that indicates the wizard needs to install the Quicken software and may need to update the software, too. Assuming you’re okay with all this — and you should be — click the Install button.
Quicken installs itself. This process takes a few minutes. Along the way, you may see other screenfuls of messages, including marketing information about the features new to Quicken and some progress reports on the installation itself.
After the installation is complete, Quicken displays an installation complete message.
Congratulations. You’re nearly done.
After installing the Quicken software, the installation program starts the Quicken program to finish the setup process. The first task you need to complete when you start Quicken is registering the software.
Accordingly, when Quicken displays the dialog box that asks whether you want to register, click the Register button, fill out the form that appears, and click the Register button yet again, and then click the Finish button.
Finish Setup if you’ve used Quicken before
If you’ve used a previous version of Quicken, the Quicken program might show option buttons to indicate what you want to do next: Open the found data file. (Alternatively, you can indicate that you want to open some other data file.) You’re done. You’re ready to begin Quicken-ing.
Finish Setup if you’ve not used Quicken before
To finish up the setup when you’ve not used Quicken before, the program displays a friendly welcome message (not shown), which asks you to indicate whether you’re a new Quicken user (or someone who wants to start over from scratch as if you’re a new user) or you’re already a Quicken user and need to open a file from a previous version of Quicken.
You indicate your Quicken status by selecting the appropriate option button and then clicking the big, blue Get Started button. What happens next depends on which button you click.
I Am Already A Quicken User option. Quicken then displays another Get Started With Quicken 2013 window, which asks whether you want to open a Quicken file located on this computer, restore a Quicken data file you’ve backed up to CD or disc, or start over and create a new data file.
If you indicate that you want to open another Quicken data file located on the computer, Quicken displays a dialog box that asks where that file is. If you indicate that you want to grab a backup copy of the Quicken file, Quicken displays a dialog box that asks where that file is.
The new Quicken user option. Quicken automatically sets up a data file for you (you don’t need to worry about it). Next, Quicken prompts you to register. (You might as well do this. The registration takes only a few minutes. All you do, in a nutshell, is provide your name and address, a bit of information about how you use Quicken, and your e-mail address.)
After the data file is set up, Quicken starts the home page. The Setup Center walks you through the steps for setting up Quicken.