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ACCOUNTS Software Installation

ACCOUNTS Software Quick Start

ACCOUNTS normally comes in one compressed file, for instance ACCINST.EXE for the regular Standalone version installation. Just download the appropriate file, run it, and follow the instructions.

To install ACCOUNTS on a computer with dial-up Internet or no Internet access:

  1. Download the ACCOUNTS program's installation file on another computer
  2. Copy that installation file to a writeable CD or USB memory key
  3. Run the file from the CD or USB key to do the installation on the computer with slow or no Internet access.

Detailed ACCOUNTS Software Installation Instructions

First download the ACCOUNTS installation file from its Download page by clicking on the appropriate button, labelled "Standalone", "Network Server" etc. Your browser will then prompt you for a directory to download the file into - make sure you take note of what directory you selected. Some browsers will give you an option such as "Run this program from its current location" - that is OK too. (If you select that option, the next paragraph does not apply.)

If you chose to download the program into a specific directory, once it finishes downloading, use My Computer or Windows Explorer to find the downloaded file (such as ACCINST.EXE) in the directory you downloaded it into. Run it, by double-clicking on it.

If you chose to Run the program from its current location, your browser will automatically download the program to a temporary location on your disk, and then run it.

Assuming your installation goes smoothly... The installation program prompts you through the process via a number of dialog boxes. In each one, make any required selections then click the "Next" button to go on to the next dialog. You will be required to select a directory to install parts of the program into. Unless you have some specific reason to change it, use the suggested default installation directory.

Starting Up Your ACCOUNTS Software

The ACCOUNTS program's desktop icon is a calculator. Double-click on it to start the program (if you didn't already start it by picking "Run ACCOUNTS" at the end of the installation process).

When you first run ACCOUNTS, it will ask you whether you are a new user, or an existing user with a database backup to restore. Assuming you are a new user, select that option. ACCOUNTS will then prompt you for the following:

  • Your organization's information (name, address, etc.)
  • Various options about how to initialize your Chart of Accounts.

You should now be ready to start entering transactions!

Getting Help for your ACCOUNTS Software

Remember to read the help or manual, accessible from the program's Help menu. The Help file and PDF manual contain the same information. While the program is very easy to use and contains context-sensitive help for many areas (accessed with Shift-F1 or a Help button), there are a number of details (for instance about how the program handles fund accounting) that you should make sure you understand. There are also valuable tricks and tips about using the ACCOUNTS program efficiently that you might not figure out without reading the help or the manual.

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