Updated: 07/06/2021 by Computer Hope

Install may refer to any of the following:

1. When referring to computer hardware, install is a term used to describe the process of physically connecting a component to a computer. For general hardware components, like RAM or peripherals, it is possible for anyone including the end-user to install hardware. However, more intricate parts (e.g., an IC) that require soldering or special equipment needs either another computer, technician, or engineer to install.


2. With computer software, install, installation, or install.exe is creating, extracting, and moving all the necessary files to run a computer program. An install is started by running the install or setup file on a disc or downloading a program and running the install file.

Once all of the files are installed to the computer, a program run without a disc or downloaded file. If you no longer wanted the computer program, it can be uninstalled.

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