Details about the set-up options for Windows® 7
What are the various ways to do clean installation with Windows 7?
A program that installs and configures Windows and Windows Welcome is the Windows Setup. This program supports custom installations, upgrade installations, and unattended installations. Windows Setup installs the Windows 7 Operating System. This program uses a technology called Image-based Setup or IBS that provides a single, unified process with which all customers as well as OEMs, corporations, and retail customers can install Windows 7. IBS executes clean installations and upgrades of Windows 7 and is used in both client and server installations. Windows Setup also provides the means to customize Windows 7 during installation by using unattended Setup settings. Windows Setup offers a fast and suitable way to install Windows 7. By decreasing deployment and installation time, OEMs can lessen the manufacturing costs, and corporations can more easily use Windows 7 throughout their organization.
Common Installation Scenarios and steps to do clean installation are below:
- Custom and automated installations
- Initial steps to perform clean installations
- Steps to complete installation
Custom and automated installations
The most common scenario for Windows Setup in Windows 7 is performing a custom installation. In this set-up, you can install Windows 7 onto a computer that does not have an Operating System, or has a previous version of Windows Operating System. Custom installations never migrates any settings or preferences from previously installed versions of Windows. Files from previous Operating Systems are copied to a Windows.old directory. All data from the Windows installation including the Users, Program Files, and Windows directories are then stored in this directory. Automated installations facilitate you to customize a Windows installation and do away with the need for a user to interact with Windows Setup. By using Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM) or the Component Platform Interface (CPI) APIs, you can make one or more customized Windows installations that can then be used across many different hardware configurations.
Initial steps to perform clean installations
First know the product key of your copy of the Windows 7 and boot from the Windows 7 DVD. Now wait for Windows 7 to finish loading files and then you will see the Windows 7 splash screen, signifying that the set-up process is about to start. Now you should choose the Language to install, Time and currency format etc. then click on the 'Install now' button under the Windows 7 logo and accept the terms of Windows 7 Software License. For the question, "Which type of installation do you want?" you should click on 'Custom' (advanced). Windows 7 set-up considers partition management as an improved task; so you will have to click the 'Drive' options (advanced) link to make those options obtainable. When all available drive options are listed, remove any Operating System related partitions from your existing hard drive(s). Then substantiate the deletion and choose the appropriate unallocated space to install Windows 7 on and then click 'Next'.
Windows 7 Setup will now install a clean copy of Windows 7 Operating System to the location you have chosen earlier. Now you need to restart your PC and then the Windows 7 clean install will carry on. It will now update registry settings in preparation for the final stages of the Windows 7 Operating System clean install. You will have to wait while Windows 7 Setup starts a variety of necessary services. Now the screen would display "Completing installation". Then the Windows 7 setup process automatically restarts your PC. It will then arrange your PC for 'first use'. Windows 7 will then confirm the video performance of your PC. Now you should type a username and password for the PC and then enter the product key and choose 'Windows update' option, time, date etc. Windows 7 would ask where your PC is located at so it can setup the proper network security. Then it will go through simple processes like adding icons to the desktop, preparing the Start menu, etc.
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