Explain the requirements in preparing for a software installation and upgrade

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The small charity has accepted my proposal of upgrading their anti-virus to a fully integrated Internet security suite. They currently have five computers, all of which require the software upgrade. They have asked me to create a comprehensive plan showing the procedures I will be following when upgrading the software.

Firstly, it’s important to plan before you start any software installation or upgrade so that everything works the way you want it to. To start, it’s important to have a clearly defined sequence of activities to follow in order to ensure the installation is completed successfully. You need to check that the system meets the requirements for the software, decide if a fresh installation is needed or if it’s okay to install over previous software. Also you need to ensure that the installation method is suitable. For example if the files are stored on a DVD, you need to have accesses to a DVD slot and to make sure the hardware is compatible to that format. You will also need to select the most appropriate location for the application to be installed as this could be the main hard drive or an external one. Lastly, you need to define a suitable procedure for the installation. It will usually involve checking contents, performing virus scans, backing up data or configuring the software.

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Also timing is an important thing to consider. Installations or upgrades perform at different rates depending on the time that you complete them. If you doing it during the day, it will take a long time because there is high demand at this time. But if you did it late evening it will run quickly and efficiently.

It’s also important to have well defined communication procedures planned for every installation. This means you must consider who needs to be communicated with during the installation stage. It’s important to keep the following people informed during the installation. End users who ...

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