Installing QuickBooks 2003 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.
If you're installing QuickBooks on a computer running Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Professional, you need to log on as either the administrator or a user with administrator rights. With these operating systems, Windows security features require that an administrator 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 in your CD-ROM drive.
If you have any amount of luck, Windows recognizes that you've inserted the QuickBooks CD and displays a dialog box that asks if you want to install QuickBooks. If you see this dialog box — you might have to wait a few minutes — click the Yes button and skip to Step 6.
4. If nothing happened when you inserted the QuickBooks CD, open the Control Panel window.
In most versions of Windows, to do this you click the Start button and then choose Settings --> Control Panel from the Start menu.
5. Start the Windows Install program.
In most versions of Windows, you can do this by double-clicking the Add/Remove Programs icon. When the dialog box appears, click Add New Programs and follow the on-screen instructions. You need to press the Enter key a couple-three times to move through some dialog boxes.
6. Tell QuickBooks how you want it to install itself.
The QuickBooks setup window appears. Enter the CD key code and click Next to begin the installation process. Then follow the on-screen instructions. If you have a question about an installation option, just accept the QuickBooks suggestion by pressing Enter. (The suggested, or default, installation options are fine for 999 out of 1,000 users.)
7. Click Next to begin copying the files.
QuickBooks gives you a summary of your installation choices and then tells you to click Next to begin copying the files. Do so. As the installation program runs, you should see a little bar that shows your progress.
If you need to cancel the installation at any time, click Cancel. QuickBooks warns you that the setup is incomplete. That's okay — just start the setup from scratch next time around.
8. Take 30 seconds or so to contemplate the meaning of life or get a drink of water.
9. After the Install program finishes, click Restart.
Congratulations. You're finished with the installation. You have a new item on the Programs menu and probably new shortcuts on your desktop.
10. (Optional) Celebrate.
Stand up at your desk, click your heels together three times, and repeat the phrase, "There's no place like home, Toto; there's no place like home." And watch out for flying houses.
You'll probably want to register QuickBooks before you begin using it.
If you work on a network and want to be able to share a QuickBooks file using more than one computer on the network, you need to install QuickBooks on all of the other computers that you want to use to work with the file. Note: You need a separate copy of QuickBooks — such as from the five-pack version — for each computer on which you want to install QuickBooks.