Step 7: Load Software

It is now time to load the rest of the programs (Games, Word Processors, etc.) onto the computer.
Generally this is NOT a problem, and with most companies there are few hidden problems or challenges. Such as using an upgrade version of a program, such as MS Office... it requires you have a previous version of a word processing program IT considers valuable justifying the upgrade - such as: WordPerfect, Publisher, Ami Pro, etc.  
Installing usually has pretty good defaults, sometimes you can choose CUSTOM installation, just to KNOW where things are going, and WHAT is actually being installed. I suggest this ONLY for advanced users and the brave at heart.
Once again, installation instructions are provided in the documentation provided with the product, either on the CD ROM, floppy disk, Internet, or a paper manual. Sometimes a combination of these.
I suggest making a list of the programs you are installing. 
I further suggest installing your most important programs FIRST (and checking them before installing the next program). 
Once you have installed a program, place the disks (or CDs) in a "special" place... with all of them together. Most of my customers have fire safes, or similar "safe" places. All of their computers documentation and primary driver disks, and programs are kept in this single place. If you have more than one computer, get a "special place" for EACH computer. Possibly a pocketed manila folder in your filing cabinet, possibly a box. It is your choice. Keeping the motherboard manual, the drivers, and component manuals in a singular place will make your life a great deal easier in the future. 
Whether you are upgrading or selling parts, having these manuals, this documentation, and the driver disks is imperative to save you time and money. AND will add resale value to your system.

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