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  1. Check the system requirements:
    Win2000, WinXP, Vista, or Windows 7 with 1.2 GB hard drive space, Internet connection; RAM 1 GB plus DVD drive needed for installation.
  2. Put the software DVD in your computer's DVD drive. A splash screen will appear. Click the ArcEditor installation option.
    ArcEditor Splashscreen1
  3. On the Startup window, click Install ArcGIS Desktop.
    ArcEditor Splashscreen2
  4. This will launch the Setup wizard. Read the Welcome. Then click Next.
  5. Read the license agreement. Click "I accept the license agreement" and click Next.
  6. The default installation type is Typical. Choose the Complete install, which will add extension products. Click Next.
  7. Accept the default installation folder or click Browse and navigate to the drive or folder location where you want to install the software. Click Next.
  8. Accept the default installation folder or navigate to the drive or folder where you want to install Python, a scripting language used by some ArcGIS geoprocessing functions. (You won't see this panel if you already have Python installed.) Click Next.
  9. The installation paths for ArcGIS and Python are confirmed. Click Next. The software will take several minutes to install on your computer. When the installation is finished, you will see the following message:
  10. Click Finish.
  11. Complete the registration information when prompted.