Every install wizard is a little different, but generally it just involves hitting “next” a number of times. That said, here are some things you want to watch out for:
- Install Type: You’ll often be asked to perform a “typical” or a “custom” install (or some variation thereof). In pretty much every situation, a typical install should be just fine.
- Install Location: By default, the installer will probably want to put your program in
C:\Program Files\[NAME OF PROGRAM]. Again, the default location is fine.
- Shortcuts: Usually, at the end of an installation, it’ll ask you if you want to create a shortcut on the desktop and/or the Start Menu. I usually like to keep my desktop clean, so I uncheck this option, but make sure you always create a shortcut in the Start Menu so you can easily access that program whenever you want.
That’s it! It should take a minute or two for the program to install, but once it’s done, you should be able to find it in Start > All Programs. You can even pin it to the Windows 7 taskbar if you want quick access to it. You can now delete the original installer package from your Downloads folder; you don’t need that anymore.
On a Mac