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•   Removing Files
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•   Installing Software
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•   Don't Install This
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•   Re-Formating
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Installing Software/Programs in Your Computer

Please read the disclaimer at the end of this page, before preforming this procedure.

STOP! Before you install a new program in your computer, stop and think about it for a while. Installing a program is a lot easier than removing it from your computer. Some programs will adversely affect other programs or setups on your computer. A few programs can actually crash your computer and cause it to stop working altogether.

Before you install ANY new program I recommend you ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you really want or need this program? Or do you just want to see what it does?

  • Will installing this program reduce your free hard disk space below 10%?

  • Does this program have an "Uninstaller"? Can you easily remove it if you don't like it?

  • Have you asked others, that have this program, what they think of it?

  • Will this program make changes to your video, or other system setups?

  • Have you contacted a computer professional for his thoughts about this program?

  • Is your computer running perfectly before you install anything new?

  • If you have decided to install the new program and you have one of our Dual-Drive computers, Insure that your computer is in perfect running condition then do a "Drive-to-Drive" backup. This will make an exact copy of the working drive so you can recover from any disaster that may occur from the installation of the new program.

    If you do not have one of our Dual-Drive machines, get out your rabbit's foot and cross your fingers. I know that crossed fingers make it harder to type, but you may need all the help you can get. Seriously, you should backup all of your valuable data to floppies before you start the installation of any new program.

    Each software installation routine is unique and the procedures will vary. When asked where you want to install the program, I recommend you accept the defaults.

    After the program has been installed, test it as well as all other existing programs, to insure the new program has not affected other programs.

    Install only one program at a time! I recommend you wait several days before you install another program. This allows time to insure the new program is working properly and has not caused any problems with the system and/or older programs on your computer.

    Use the above procedure at your own risk!
    J.R. has been building and repairing computers for over 20 years, and has personally used the above procedure on thousands of computers. Each computer is different and the competence of the user can vary.   J.R. Whipple, in no way warrants the above procedure, nor can he be held responsible for any problems, loss of data, loss of business, or any other damages caused by the application of the above procedure. If you are not comfortable with the above procedure, DON'T DO IT. If you need help please Contact Us before attempting the above procedure.

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