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Assets and Time & Billing. Peachtree Complete is the advanced accounting
solution for companies that want to better manage their time, books, and
business.

About This Guide
This guide and the User™s Guide refer to Peachtree Complete Accounting as
Peachtree Accounting.
Before you begin using Peachtree Accounting, be sure to read this guide for
installation instructions, conversion instructions (if you have existing data),
and other important issues. This guide includes the following information:
• System requirements for installation
• Instructions for installing Peachtree Accounting
• Installation troubleshooting tips
• Information about converting existing data
• Instructions for setting up a new company
• Hands-on tutorials that demonstrate common features of Peachtree
Accounting using sample data
• Instructions for converting existing Quicken and QuickBooks data




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System Requirements


System Requirements
To install Peachtree Accounting, you need the following hardware and
software:
• 100% IBM PC compatible computer with a 486 processor (or
higher)
• 12 MB (megabytes) of RAM (random access memory); 16 MB or
higher is recommended
• Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4
• Hard disk with the following free space requirements:

Installation Component Diskette Compact
Install Disc Install

Peachtree Complete Accounting 42 MB 44 MB*

Peachtree Fixed Assets 2 MB 2 MB*

Peachtree Online Tutorial 7 MB 42 MB

Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.02 and N/A 15 MB
online manuals


Note: The recommended Peachtree Accounting memory
requirements are in addition to the memory required by your system
software and memory used when entering company data.
*Peachtree Fixed Assets is automatically included if you choose the
Standard setup option while installing Peachtree Complete
Accounting from the Peachtree Complete Accounting compact disc.
• MPC compatible CD-ROM drive (if you intend to use the compact
disc version of Peachtree Accounting and multimedia features)
• VGA or SVGA monitor that can display a minimum of 256 colors;
SVGA monitor is recommended if using the compact disc version
Do not use large fonts”Peachtree will not display properly.
• 8-bit or 16-bit SoundBlaster compatible sound card (if using
multimedia sound enhancements included on the compact disc)
• Printers supported by Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows NT 4
• Mouse or compatible pointing device




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Getting Started Guide


Contents of the Peachtree Accounting Package
The Peachtree Accounting software package includes the following items:
• Peachtree Complete Accounting Release 7 Compact Disc
For a complete description of the Peachtree compact disc contents,
see the following section.
Note: Diskettes are included in some upgrade versions of Peachtree
Accounting, if requested. If you purchased a new product, only the
compact disc version is included. A Floppy Disk Order Form is
included if you require this type of media.
• Peachtree Complete Accounting Getting Started Guide
• Peachtree Complete Accounting User™s Guide
• Peachtree Fixed Assets User™s Guide
• PeachLink 2.0 Compact Disc and PeachLink User™s Guide
For a complete description of the PeachLink compact disc contents,
refer to the PeachLink User™s Guide.
Peachtree Products and Services Brochure (including information

about Technical Support options, Peachtree Tax Service, Peachtree
Training services, and additional products)
• Peachtree Business Checks & Forms Catalog

Contents of the Peachtree Accounting Compact Disc
The Peachtree Accounting compact disc includes the following items:
• Peachtree Complete Accounting Release 7
This package includes the Peachtree Complete Accounting setup
program, the Peachtree Complete Accounting program, Peachtree
Fixed Assets program, Peachtree Accounting Help, standard
Peachtree Accounting forms, online tutorial, and sample company
data.
• Online versions of the Peachtree Accounting manuals
• Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.02
This program allows you to open electronic documents in Portable
Document Format (PDF). You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader
installed before viewing the online versions of the Peachtree
Accounting manuals.




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Installing Peachtree Accounting
Contents of the Peachtree Accounting Compact Disc


Installing Peachtree Accounting
The following instructions explain how to perform a standard (or upgrade)
installation of Peachtree Accounting. If you are using a network, refer to
“Installing Peachtree Accounting on a Network” on page 8.
1 Turn on your computer and start Windows.
Peachtree Accounting setup requires Windows 95, Windows 98, or
Windows NT 4.
2 Exit all programs and disable virus-protection and screen saver programs on
your computer.
This frees up memory and avoids interference with the Peachtree
Accounting setup process.
3 Insert the Peachtree Accounting compact disc in your CD-ROM drive; or,
insert Peachtree Diskette #1 in the diskette drive.
If you are installing from compact disc, the Welcome menu appears.
Click Install Peachtree Accounting, and continue with the next step.
If you are installing from diskettes or the Welcome menu does not
automatically appear onscreen, do the following: Select Start, then Run.
Type A:SETUP and select OK. (Substitute the appropriate drive letter
for your diskette or CD-ROM drive.)
4 Follow the onscreen instructions until the Peachtree Accounting Setup
window appears. Review the installation instructions and select Next.

5 Read the Licensing Agreement, and select Yes if you accept the terms.
The Select Setup Type window offers up to four setup choices depending
on if you are a new or previous user.
6 Click an installation option button, and follow the instructions displayed,
clicking Next to continue.
• Standard: Installs everything you need to begin running Peachtree
Accounting. You cannot change the location where the program will
be installed if you select this option.
• Upgrade: This option upgrades you from a previous version of
Peachtree Accounting, maintaining your existing setup settings.
• Custom: You can set a different path for the program or data files
using this option, or choose which components of Peachtree
Accounting you want to install.
• Network: This option allows you to install program and data files in
a network environment.



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7 In the Select Peachtree Accounting Program Folder window, change the
name of the Peachtree Complete Accounting program folder, if necessary.
Click Next to begin installing.
If you are installing from diskette, follow the prompts and insert
additional diskettes as needed.
8 A final window displays, indicating the successful completion of
installation.
• Read: Select this to view the Peachtree Accounting Release Notes file.
• Begin: Select this option to launch Peachtree Accounting.
• Return: Select this option to return to Windows.
After installing Peachtree Accounting, you can optionally install the online
manuals. For more information, see “Installing Online Documentation” on
page 7.
When finished with the setup process, you can set up a new Peachtree
Accounting company, explore sample company data, or convert existing
company data from a previous version of Peachtree Accounting. For more
information on what to do after installing Peachtree Accounting, see “What™s
Next?” on page 17.




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Installing Online Documentation
Contents of the Peachtree Accounting Compact Disc


Installing Online Documentation
Electronic versions of the Peachtree Accounting manuals are included on the
Peachtree Accounting compact disc. To display or use these documents, you
must have Adobe Acrobat 3 (or higher) installed on your computer.
Use the following procedure to install Adobe Acrobat Reader and Peachtree
Accounting online manuals.
1 If proceeding after installing Peachtree Accounting from the compact disc,
select Install Online Documentation from the Welcome menu.
” OR ”
1 If you completed the Peachtree installation earlier and now want to load
the online manuals, do the following:
• Exit all programs and disable virus-protection and screen saver
programs on your computer.
• Insert the Peachtree Accounting compact disc in your CD-ROM
drive.
• A Welcome menu displays. Select Install Online Documentation,
and continue with the next step.
If the Peachtree Welcome menu does not display, select Run from the
Start menu. Type D:\DOC\SETUP and select OK. Substitute the
appropriate drive letter for your CD-ROM drive.
2 Follow the prompts to install the online manuals and Adobe Acrobat
Reader (if necessary).



Displaying the Peachtree Accounting Online Manuals
1 From the Start menu, select Programs, and then point to the Peachtree
Accounting folder (or the name of the program folder you chose during the
Online Documentation setup).

2 Select the manual you want to read.
• Getting Started Guide: the online version of the Peachtree Complete
Accounting User™s Guide (PCWGS.PDF)
• User™s Guide: the online version of the Peachtree Complete
Accounting User™s Guide (PCWUG.PDF)
Fixed Assets User™s Guide: the online version of the Peachtree Fixed

Assets User™s Guide (PCWFAUG.PDF)
For complete information on using Adobe Acrobat Reader, refer to the
Online Guides installed with the Acrobat Reader program.


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Installing Peachtree Accounting on a Network
A network connects all types of computers and computer-related devices,
such as hard drives, printers and CD-ROM drives. Computers that share
devices with other computers are called servers.
Peachtree Accounting comes network-ready and multiuser; it is ready to
install on a network for use at your company. Peachtree Accounting will run
on two basic types of networks: peer-to-peer, such as Windows 95
Networking, and client/server, such as Novell 4.x or above. Before you install
on your network, you must know whether you have a peer-to-peer network
or a client/server network.

Peer to Peer
This is a network that allows each connected computer to act as a server and/
or a workstation. Each computer can share its hard drive, printers, or other
devices with all other computers in the network. This makes each computer
on the network equal to the other computers, or a “peer.” However, when you
are sharing data (such as accounting information), you want to designate one
computer as the primary server for the data. In other words, you don™t want
the data on everyone™s computer, only the primary server (such as the
administrator™s computer).
Examples of peer-to-peer networks are Artisoft™s LANtastic or Windows 95
Networking.

Client/Server
This is a network with a traditional server acting as a central unit (the primary
server) with several workstations connecting to it. The server is where you
store the data that will be shared by the workstations.

Network Considerations
Peachtree Accounting can be operated on any network software that supports
Microsoft Windows and NetBios. However, there are certain considerations:
• Your data must reside on a network drive (either on the server or the
administrator™s machine for a peer-to-peer network).

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