Applications Software

Below in the screenshot order is the steps in which you need to take to be able to install LibreOffice and OpenOffice, I had to do the two rather than just one, because of technical difficulties. It is a simple process.

  1. Google Office Libre.
  2. Click on the top link.
  3. Click install.
  4. Click RUN.
  5. Follow the tabs as they open, clicking next when needed, making sure to read carefully all the small print and fine details included in each new window.
  6. Choose the relevant options.
  7. Click Finish and you’re done!

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Software – Device Drivers

When installing a device to use in or with your computer, you wont normally get prompted to install drivers. This is because most peripherals are ‘Plug-in and Play’. This means they do it automatically in one of the background processes your computer undertakes.

As seen with this small slide show, it did everything automatically and all i had to do was choose what to do with it.

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This applies to almost all devices and accessories for your modern day computer. However it wasn’t always like this, and at one point, you had to use a disk or the internet to get every single driver for whatever you plugged into your computer.

Software – Installing a fresh copy of Windows

If you follow the steps below in order and do what i do, as seen in the slideshow, you will end up with a clean, fresh install of Windows.

  1. Insert USB
  2. Open USB contents
  3. Run the Setup file.
  4. Click Yes
  5. Click Install Now
  6. Because this is an offline computer we clicked to not get updates. If you are connected to the internet, click to get updates, to make sure your computer is as up to date as possible. Click continue once you’ve made your mind up.
  7. Accept the T&C’s
  8. Click next and select your device to install it onto
  9. Click OK if it had stuff on it previously
  10. Wait for all the processes to finish
  11. Select your region, time, and keyboard layout
  12. Choose a name
  13. Create a password
  14. Click Ask me later if your offline, either of the other two if your online
  15. Choose your Timezone
  16. Wait for it to load
  17. Done.

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Equipment – Plugging in Peripherals

There are many extra and necessary peripherals that you will want for your computer.

The necessary ones are:

  1. Monitor, or some form of Display.
  2. Keyboard.
  3. Mouse.

Extras you may want.

  1. Headset.
  2. Speakers.
  3. Microphone.
  4. More displays.
  5. External storage.
  6. Printers/Output devices.

To insert the Peripherals there are some important ways you need to do this. They must all be plugged into the computer in the correct spots, this is more important for microphones and headphones because they often have specific spots. USB’s have the ability to be plugged into any slot you can find on the computer.



    To plug in the Monitor you need to:

Plug in the power cable to the mains power source.


Plug in the VGA, DVI, or HDMI cable into the back of the computer.



    To plug in the Keyboard you need to:

Plug in the USB or PS/2 connector into a USB or PS/2 slot on the computer.


  1. MOUSE

    To plug in the Mouse you need to:

Plug in the USB connector into the USB slot on the computer.



Components – Installing RAM

I will be removing the sticks of RAM, installing and replacing it as well. Below will be a step by step guide that you can follow to complete the task yourself, bearing in mind that not all computers are the same, and it can vary greatly for different users.


Here you can see the ram sicks, behind the MOBO power cable. To remove these you will need to push the clips either side of the sticks down, and gently pull the RAM out making sure you do not touch the conductive gold pieces on the bottom of the stick of RAM.


Here are the sticks of RAM i removed. They are both 2Gb sticks, equating to a total 4Gb’s worth of RAM.


Here is the RAM i am placing back in, an upgraded version of the same ram, slightly more modern running at a higher clock speed.


You place the RAM back in the same way as you pulled it out, just push gently on the top of the sticks and they will fall into place perfectly, making sure you have it around the exact correct way.

Components & Routine Maintenance Tasks – Maintaining and Replacing HDD

Here you can see we have the side of our computer off, and are looking down at the computer. Below my hand is the compartment where the hard drive and the CD reader/writer is stored. This is what we will have to remove to get at the hard drive to take it out, inspect, maintain/replace.
Here we have removed the panel with the CD w/r, and we can see the drive bay for the HDD. This HDD is screwed in and the cables are connected. What you need to do first is to remove the cables, then unscrew the drive from the housing around it. It is different on every computer, but the screws are large and stick out, so they are easy to locate.
Here is the removed drive, it is free from the housing but still on its mount. to remove the mount simply remove the four screws on the back of the drive. This can be maintained with simply compressed air being sprayed on to remove the dust, the rest you will have to do whilst the computer is turned on.