The purpose of this tutorial is to provide a reference for those new to DAZ Studio and just learning to install products without the DAZ Install Manager for the first time. Please feel free to link to it!
This comes up frequently on the forum and in my private messages. Usually what happens is that I get a message to the effect of "Hi! I bought a product from Renderosity/downloaded a freebie from ShareCG, and now I get a "missing file" error when I try to use it."
It is always possible for errors in packaging to happen, and in that case of course we want to fix it on the vendor end, but most of the time this happens because the product is not installed correctly.
Let's start out by suggesting some good practices for organizing your folders.
1. Directory And File Management (IMPORTANT!)
I suggest having a separate directory set up in your DS for each vendor (DAZ, Renderosity, Freebies, etc.) so you can always tell what you got where and how it is l