These are basic instructions for setting up your PC to type in Chinese. I am a huge fan of Google Pinyin because it uses a Smart Keyboard which allows you to write longer phrases and sentences without having to check each character.
There are 2 pages:
1. Setting up your PC for Chinese input, with screen-shots (pictures of the process).
2. Downloading Google Pinyin and customizing it, with screen-shots.
I give this to my students when they advance in Chinese and they love to write me emails!