Install Office Accounting 2008 (Windows XP)

Applies to:     Office Accounting Express, Office Accounting Professional

Note: If you are using Windows Vista, see Install Office Accounting 2008 (Windows Vista).

Installing Microsoft Office Accounting 2008 is a wizard-driven process that makes installation simple and straightforward. To install Office Accounting 2008, use the following procedure.

  1. Exit all programs.

  2. Place the Office Accounting CD into your CD-ROM drive.

  3. By default, Setup starts automatically. If Setup does not start, open Windows Explorer and double-click the Setup.exe file on the CD.

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

    To install Accounting 2008 on Windows XP, you must have Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 installed on your computer. If this is not installed on your computer, the following dialog box appears.

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

  4. Click OK to install Windows Installer 3.1. This may take a few minutes.

    Accounting 2008 uses Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. If this is not installed on your computer, the following dialog box appears.

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

  5. Click OK to install .NET Framework 2.0. This may take a few minutes.

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

  6. During the installation, you may also be asked to install additional hotfixes to .NET Framework 2.0. Click OK to install the hotfixes.

    The Setup Wizard Welcome screen appears.

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

  7. Click Yes to begin installation.

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

  8. You can perform a standard installation of Accounting 2008 by clicking Install Now and clicking Install (recommended), or you can customise the installation by clicking Customise and clicking Next. If you select to customise the installation, the following wizard page appears.

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

  9. Click the Advanced button to change the Microsoft SQL Server instance that is used for Accounting 2008. (This change is only needed in a multiuser installation and installations using the full version of SQL Server 2005.)

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

  10. Select the database option and click OK. Click Next.

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

  11. On the Destination Folder page, select a folder for the installation. Click Next.

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

  12. Setup is ready to begin the installation. Click Install.

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

    A progress window appears. This installation process may take several minutes. The Setup Wizard then continues with the installation of SQL Server 2005 Express and Accounting 2008. In standard installations, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express is installed as a named instance (MSSMLBIZ).

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

    When Accounting 2008 is installed, the Installation complete page appears.

    Install Office Accounting on Windows XP

  13. To start Accounting 2008 after setup is complete, select the Run program after setup check box. To add a shortcut on the desktop, select the Create a shortcut on the desktop check box. Click Finish. A Start - Microsoft Office Accounting window appears.

To set up your company, see Set up a new company.

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