Windows® 7 Installation Guide
Windows 7 is finally out. We are here to guide you on Windows 7 installation process.
Windows 7 Requirements:
Just like another operating system Windows 7 also has some kind of hardware requirements. Make sure your computer is ready to install Windows 7.
- 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor.
- 1 GB RAM for 32-bit Windows 7 OR 2 GB RAM for 64-bit Windows 7.
- 16 GB available disk space 32-bit Windows 7 OR 20 GB for 64-bit Windows 7.
- Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme).
- DVD-R/W Drive.
- Internet or phone access for Windows 7 Activation.
Note: If are planning to upgrade your existing Windows then, you should download and install Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft website. Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor inspects your system and generate a report for you of any compatibility issues that you are likely to face.
Perform Windows 7 Clean Installation:
Clean installation is a process of putting an entirely new installation of Windows. In order to perform a clean installation of Windows 7, you should format and completely erase data on your hard drive. During a clean installation, the operating system files are installed in a new folder, and you must reinstall all of your applications and reconfigure user preferences, such as desktop and application settings.
On the other side when you upgrade, existing user settings are retained, as are installed applications and application settings. An upgrade is a new version of or addition to a hardware or, more often, software product that is already installed or in use.
Microsoft recommends you to upgrade your existing operating system to Windows 7, but if you are running Windows XP then you cannot go for this upgrade option. In that scenario you need to perform a clean installation of Windows 7. But don't forget to take a backup of your data before you initiate a clean installation.
Now without wasting your precious time let's install Windows 7 on your PC.
STEP 1. Insert the Windows 7 disc into DVD drive, then set the BIOS to boot from it.
STEP 2. Press any key on your keyboard to boot from CD or DVD.
STEP 3. Next you should see the first Windows 7 set-up screen prompting you to enter your region information.
STEP 4. Set your location and language preferences then click 'Next'.
STEP 5. Next accept the EULA (End User License Agreement) in order to proceed.
STEP 6. The two options are 'Upgrade' and 'Custom'. As this is a new install, the only one we can choose is 'Custom'.
STEP 7. Select the hard drive partition for installing Windows.
STEP 8. During set-up, the system may reboot a couple of times; don't press any key to boot from CD or DVD when this happens as it will slow everything down. Let Windows reboot as normal.
STEP 9. Once the file installation is complete, you will be presented with another black screen with the message, "Setup is preparing your computer for first use".
STEP 10. The next dialog box is where you enter your user and computer name. Enter all your details and click 'Next'. Password time, enter one if you want, or leave it blank, the choice is yours.
STEP 11. The next screen is for the product key. Here you have two options. You can enter the key here and allow Windows to automatically activate once online, or ignore it and enter it later.
STEP 12. The next screen is the security screen where you choose whether or not to allow Windows to automatically update itself. We suggest setting this to 'Use recommended settings' for now.
This will allow the operating system to download updates and fixes as they become available.
STEP 13. Next enter details for time zone, network settings, etc.
Note: Once you're through with the installation process, you need to activate Windows 7. Activation is a process that verifies that your copy of Windows is not pirated. With a genuine copy of Windows 7, you are eligible to receive all available updates and product support from Microsoft.