You may see a dialog box that says ``The installation program is determining the current state of your system and the next installation step that should be performed.'' This is a phase in which the installation program automatically figures out what you probably need to do next. In some cases, you may not even see this box.
During the entire installation process, you will be presented with the main menu, titled ``Debian GNU/Linux Installation Main Menu.'' The choices at the top of the menu will change to indicate your progress in installing the system. Phil Hughes wrote in the Linux Journal that you could teach a chicken to install Debian! He meant that the installation process was mostly just pecking at the Enter key. The first choice on the installation menu is the next action that you should perform according to what the system detects you have already done. It should say ``Next,'' and at this point the next step in installing the system will be taken.