System Build Process - Install Software

Install Software:

Windows - Use the installation guides on this site to install your chosen version of Windows.

Drivers - Install the motherboard drivers supplied on CD with the motherboard – or newer versions from the manufacturers web site if you have them.  Do not use “Install All” or quick install options as these may install additional or unnecessary software.

Check in Windows “Device Manager” that all devices have a working driver installed, i.e. there are no unrecognised devices.  If additional cards such as a graphics card have been installed, install the driver software for those as well.

If a device with a description such as “ATK” or “AHCI” remains undetected, proceed to the next step:

Updates (1) – Connect the system to a working Internet connection and start Internet Explorer to check for a working connection.  Use Microsoft Update to download and install all the Windows updates for the system.  A number of restarts may be required.  Check for updates after each restart and download and install any additional drivers required for remaining unrecognised devices.

Configure – Follow the Windows basic configuration guide on this site for the installed version of windows to set a number of preferences and settings for better performance and easier use.

Utilities – Follow the guild to useful Windows utilities here to get a number of free and easy to use tools to make any system better and more productive for the end user.

Applications – Depending on the end user’s needs, different application software packages may be required.  Use our application software installation guides to install and configure as required.

Updates (2) – Check again for updates and install as required.



The system should be allowed to run for at least a couple of days if possible as a reliability and confidence test before delivery.


Deliver and Install:

Arrange for a suitable time with the client with enough time to complete the installation and show the client how to use the basics of their new system.  Allow for transferring data from an existing system, if required – as well as setting up applications such as email and any other peripherals the client may have.

Expect and offer to address any post-installation issues in an agreed manner – either by remote access or an additional on-site visit if required.