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The Quest II has all the necessary maps & stuff preloaded. I have a Quest I which requires the user themselves to load the maps. I already had a Garmin 276 which uses all the same maps & software, so for me it was a non-issue, especially as the Quest II was considerably more $$ than the Quest I.
I recently picked up a copy of DeLorme Topo 6.0, and although the user-interface leaves much to be desired, it does recognise both GPS units, and so I'm able to use either application with each unit.
Garmin have good support and software-updaters so that if you have the license (which you should have got with the unit), it is just one click to ensure you have the latest and greatest firmware/software running on both the GPS unit and your computer.
There is also an application gpsbabel
which is an open-source application, which enables the user to convert GPS data files (but not maps) between formats.
Hope this helps -