Installing software on your Windows PC

Installation refers to the process of setting up or implementing a software, hardware, or system component to make it operational and ready for use. It involves the necessary steps and procedures to correctly deploy and configure the product or service according to the manufacturer’s instructions or specific requirements.

Installing from a CD-ROM

From the mid-1990s through the late 2000s, the most common way to get new software was to purchase a CD-ROM. You could then insert the disc, and the computer would walk you through the installation.

Now, almost all software has moved away from this model. Many new computers no longer include a CD-ROM for this reason. However, if you do need to install software from a CD-ROM, simply insert the disc into your computer, then follow the instructions.

Here are a few common types of installations:

1. Software installation: This involves installing software applications on a computer or other devices. It typically includes running an installer program, following prompts or instructions, specifying installation options (such as installation directory, language preferences, or additional components), and completing the installation process. Software installations can be performed from physical media like CDs or DVDs, or through digital downloads.

2. Hardware installation: Hardware installation involves connecting and configuring physical components or devices such as computer hardware, peripherals, networking equipment, or other electronic devices. It may involve tasks like connecting cables, inserting expansion cards, attaching external devices, or mounting equipment into racks or enclosures. Hardware installations often require following manufacturer-provided instructions and ensuring compatibility with existing systems.

3. Operating system installation: This refers to the process of installing an operating system (e.g., Windows, macOS, Linux) on a computer or server. It involves booting from an installation media (such as a DVD or USB drive), following prompts to select installation options (such as disk partitioning, language preferences, or user settings), and allowing the installation process to copy necessary files and configure the system.

4. Network installation: Network installation involves configuring and setting up network infrastructure components such as routers, switches, firewalls, access points, and other network devices. It may include tasks like physical placement, connecting cables, configuring IP addresses, establishing network protocols, and securing the network.

5. System or server installation: System or server installation refers to the process of deploying and configuring a complete computer system or server. It involves assembling the necessary hardware components, installing the operating system, configuring network settings, installing required software and services, and ensuring proper system functioning.

During an installation, it is important to follow the provided instructions carefully, adhere to best practices, and verify the successful completion of each step. Additionally, post-installation tasks such as applying updates, configuring settings, and performing initial testing are often required to ensure the installed component functions correctly and meets the desired objectives.