Updated: 12/29/2017 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. When referring to computer software, install, installation, or install.exe is the process or creating, extracting, and moving all of the necessary files to run a program on a computer. 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 the program can be run on the computer and often no longer requires the install disc or the downloaded file. If you no longer wanted the program on the computer, it can be uninstalled.

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