Installation Guide Template (MS Word)

You can use this Installation Guide template when installing software and for the preparation, training, and conversion from existing systems. Use this template to:

  • Ensure that you have a correctly functioning system
  • Develop an installation plan that uses the appropriate installer and considers the component requirements during deployment.
  • Specify the configuration values that configure the components to interoperate.

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Installation Guide Template: Who uses it?

The Installation Plan provides installation and configuration procedures for every part of the system and describes the correct order for installing the component instances and performing basic configuration.

An Installation Guide template is used for different people in the software development process, including the Technical Architect, Development Manager, Project Manager, IT Manager, Test Manager, Documentation Manager, Technical Writer, and System Administrator.

Installation Guide Template: When is it used?

An Installation Guide is required for the installation of software / hardware / networks when the installation process is sufficiently complex to require a documented plan. An Installation Guide the procedures for installing and configuring the application in the production environments.

Installation Guide Template: Sample Screenshots

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Installation Guide Template – MS Word

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Installation Guide Template: Table of Contents

1    Introduction
1.1 Purpose of this document
1.2 Identification
1.3 Reference information
1.4 Points of Contact

2. Installation Plan
2.1 Scope
2.2 Environment
2.3 Tasks
2.4 Security
2.5 Site Name [x]
2.6 Entry and Exit Criteria
2.7 Backup Procedure
2.8 Installation Test Procedure

3. System Requirements
3.1 Overview of [system] installation
3.2 Software Requirements
3.3 Hardware Requirements
3.4 Operating Systems
3.5 Database Support
3.6 Known problems

4. Installing the [system]

4.1 Prerequisites
4.2 Preparing to install components
4.3 Upgrading from Version X.x
4.4 Starting the installation
4.5 Server Installation
4.6 Client Installation
4.7 Custom Installation
4.8 Using the Installation Wizard
4.9 Uninstalling the [system]

5. Post Installation
5.1 Installing System Updates

6. Troubleshooting

7    Appendices
    Glossary of Terms
Acronyms and Abbreviations

Installation Guide Template: Content & Format

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Technical Writing Template Pack

This document is part of the Technical Writing Template pack. It includes the following documents.

  1. Audience Analysis – 30 pages
  2. Data Sheet – 2 pages
  3. Documentation Plan – 7 pages
  4. Error Message Guide – 14 pages
  5. Fact Sheet – 2 pages
  6. FAQ Template – 17 pages
  7. Installation Plan – 22 pages
  8. Product Document Plan – 14 pages
  9. Quick Start Guide – 14 pages
  10. ReadMe Template – 2 pages
  11. Release Notes – 17 pages
  12. Setup Guide – 29 pages
  13. System Admin Guide – 35 pages
  14. Troubleshooting Guide – 12 pages
  15. User Guide – 16 pages

Total page count: 233 pages

15 Technical Writing Templates

Use these MS Word templates as a guide for writing your own technical documentation. Delete any sections that do not fit your topics; add sections where needed.

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Technical Writing Template: Writers & Editors

The target audience for these templates includes Technical Writers, IT Managers, Test Managers, Product Managers, System Administrators, Security Officers and others who develop software, systems and technical solutions.

3 Free Templates

You also get these three free templates:

  • Audience Analysis worksheet (MS Excel)
  • Document Control worksheet (MS Excel)
  • User Guide Checklist (MS Word)

Technical Writing Template: Screenshots

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Installation Guide Template – 22 pages

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Release Notes Template – 17 pages

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