Setup Guide Template (MS Word)

This Setup Guide template will help you to quickly and easily create a MS Word Setup Guide for your next project. You can use it to create your own customized setup guide for ensuring that your customers can install their applications successfully and reduce the workload on your Helpdesk and Technical Support Dept.

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If you want to create a Setup Guide in a few easy steps, then this template will tell you how to do it. This template includes sample instructions on how to setup an application, product or system, including sections on registering the software, adding troubleshooting tips and providing FAQs.

This Setup Guide step is described in detail and is accompanied by practical tips and hints.

Setup Guide Template: Key Benefits

You can use this Setup Guide template to:

  • Describe different installation types, for example, single user or group installations
  • Identify the minimum system requirements
  • Highlight pre-requisites that must be installed before the installation can start
  • Outline the contents of the Setup packages
  • Provide instructions on how to update, modify and repair an existing application
  • Develop FAQs that help customers find the answer to common queries and reduce the workload on your Technical Support Dept
  • Encourage users to register the product

What is a Setup Guide?

A Setup Guide provides instructions for setting up and installing a range of application, for example, your company’s software applications, or other devices, such as printers, medical equipment, hardware, or mobile solutions.

When do I use a Setup Guide?

You use a Setup Guide after you have developed an application and are now ready to hand it over to the users. In some cases, the setup guide will be used by System Administrators, for example, when setting up network, complex solutions or other detailed installations, while in other cases, it will be the end user who sets up the product, for example, setting up a Microsoft Office type application, a video player, Wifi connection, or an MP3 player.

What’s included in a Setup Guide?

The following is generally included in a Setup Guide: About the product, Key Benefits, System Requirements, Installing, Starting Up, Activating, Uninstalling, Backing Up, Registering and Frequently Asked Questions.

Setup Guide Template: Screenshots


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Chapter 1, Introduction

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Chapter 1.3, System Requirements

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Chapter 2, Single-User Installation

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How to Install from a CD on the Windows Platform

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Setup Guide Template: Table of Contents

1 Introduction

1.1 Solution Overview
1.2 Installation Types
1.3 System Requirements
1.4 Contents Of The Download Setup Packages
1.5 Contents Of The Installation CD
1.6 Before You Install From a CD
1.7 Before You Install From a Downloaded Set
1.8 Updating an Existing Installation

2 Single-User Installation

2.1 Installation Requirements
2.2 Starting The Installation
2.3 Setup Procedure
2.4 Verifying The Installation
2.5 Starting The [System]
2.6 Uninstalling The [System]

3 Multi-User and Network Installation

3.1 Server Installation
3.2 Workstation Installation

4 Modifying an Existing Installation

4.1 Modify
4.2 Repair
4.3 Remove

5 Registering the Software

6 FAQs

7 Appendix A: Acronyms, Abbreviations & Definitions

8 Appendix B: Related Documentation

Setup Guide Template: Content & Format

What’s included in the template pack? The template is in Microsoft Word format and can be downloaded online for only $7.99.

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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.

Example of Product Document Map Template

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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Release Notes Template – 17 pages

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User Guide Template – 16 pages

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