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09. Installing Windows 7

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Windows 7 is Microsoft's latest operating system, however, how you install or re-install it is not much different from previous versions. The most important thing is to make certain you have everything to hand before actually make a start; you certainly don't want to be searching around for SATA drivers and things like that at a crucial part of the installation process.

Another important thing to remember is, if you have USB peripherals attached to your PC, i.e., Printer, Webcam, Card Reader, Modem etc, make sure that you disconnect them from the PC prior to installing the operating system. The only USB peripheral you do not need to remove is USB Mouse and Keyboard.

To install Windows 7 you should have the following:

  • Windows 7 DVD
  • Windows 7 Product Code Number
  • Any relevant drivers; this is not always the case as Windows Vista does have many drivers on the DVD. However, it may be necessary to update the driver that Windows Vista initially installs. be particularly aware of Modem drivers.
  • Make sure that your PC is capable of booting from your CD/DVD-ROM

1. Switch your Computer on.

2. As your system boots quickly open your CD/DVD ROM and insert the Windows 7 DVD.

3. After a few second you should see a screen (see below) that says 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD.'

Fig: 9-1 Bios Screen

Fig: 9-1 Bios Screen

4. This screen is only available for around 5 or 6 seconds so as soon as you see it, press Enter or 'any key.'

5. If you don't happen to be fast enough don't worry, simply allow the operating system that is already loaded on your PC to load then, once loaded Click the Start button and select the Restart option.

6. Windows 7 will now start loading files into memory.

Fig: 9-2 Progress bar as Windows starts to load files

Fig: 9-2 Progress bar as Windows starts to load files

7. The progress bar shows you how the file loading is progressing. Depending up the amount of system RAM you have and your processor speed installation should take around 20 to 40 minutes (approximately).

Fig: 9-3 Starting Windows Logo beginning to merge

Fig: 9-3 Starting Windows Logo beginning to merge

8. Upon completion of the files being loaded into memory the 'alien spaceships' will start to merge together on the screen to form the Windows logo (see below).

Fig: 9-4 Completed Windows Logo Screen

Fig: 9-4 Completed Windows Logo Screen

9. The Windows logo screen now fully appears.

Fig: 9-5 Blue screen with dove logo

Fig: 9-5 Blue screen with dove logo

10. The screen now changes to a blue screen with a dove (see above) indicating that Windows is about to begin starting the installation process.

Fig: 9-6 Windows 7 Language set up screen

Fig: 9-6 Windows 7 Language set up screen

11. The language window appears next. Select your appropriate country language and then, click the Next button.

Fig: 9-7 Install Now screen

Fig: 9-7 Install Now screen

12. The next screen is the Install screen. To install Windows 7, Click the Install Now button.

Fig: 9-8 Setup is now starting

Fig: 9-8 Setup is now starting

13. Windows 7 set up is now starting.

Fig: 9-9 Read the Windows License Agreement

Fig: 9-9 Read the Windows License Agreement

14. The EULA (End User Licence Agreement) will now appear. Before you can continue you must accept the licence terms by clicking the box next to the 'I accept the licence terms' option.

Fig: 9-10 For a Clean Install, Click the Custom (Advanced) option

Fig: 9-10 For a Clean Install, Click the Custom (Advanced) option

15. You are now ready to install Windows 7 so Click on the Custom (Advanced) button to install a clean installation of Windows 7.

Fig: 9-11 Select the Drive/Partition where you want to install Windows

Fig: 9-11 Select the Drive/Partition where you want to install Windows

16. You now need to select which drive/partition you want to install Windows 7 on. Once you have chosen the drive/partition press the Next button. From the partition you create Windows 7 may split this into two two separate partitions, one of around 100MB which it uses for system and boot up files and the remainder for installing the operating system proper. This is perfectly normal and there is no need for concern. If you need to Create a partition, Format a partition then Click on the Drive options (advanced) link

Fig: 9-12 If you need to create a new partition, Click the New option

Fig: 9-12 If you need to create a new partition, Click the New option

17. When you click the Drive Options another menu appears that gives you the option to Delete, Create, Format or Extend a partition. Once you have made any alterations, Click the Next button.

Fig: 9-13 Windows is now starting to copy files to memory

Fig: 9-13 Windows is now starting to copy files to memory

18. Windows will now start copying files to your hard drive.

Fig: 9-14 Windows is now starting to copy files to memory

Fig: 9-14 As each installation option is completed a green tick will appear

19. As the installation progress Windows will expand files, install features and install any necessary updates (assuming you have an Internet connection, of course)

Fig: 9-15 Windows will now restart your computer

Fig: 9-15 Windows will now restart your computer

20. After the above process has finished Windows will Restart you machine.

Fig: 9-16 As your computer restarts the BIOS screen will re-appear

Fig: 9-16 As your computer restarts the BIOS screen will re-appear

21. On restart you will again see the 'press any key to boot from CD or DVD' screen. Now this is important. Do Not press any key when you see this particular screen. If you do the the installation will start all over again. Just leave Windows to boot for itself and the installation will continue.

Fig: 9-17 The blue screen with the dove logo re-appears

Fig: 9-17 The blue screen with the dove logo re-appears

22. The blue screen with dove appears again.

Fig: 9-18 Setup will now start to update the Windows registry

Fig: 9-18 Setup will now start to update the Windows registry

23. Setup now starts updating your registry.

Fig: 9-19 Windows is now starting the required services

Fig: 9-19 Windows is now starting the required services

24. Once the registry has been updated setup starts all the necessary services.

Fig: 9-20 The installation now begins to continue

Fig: 9-20 The installation now begins to continue

25. Windows now continues with the installation of files.

Fig: 9-21 Your computer needs to restart again

Fig: 9-21 Your computer needs to restart again

26. Setup needs to restart your PC again before being able to continue with the installation.

Fig: 9-22 Computer BIOS Screen

Fig: 9-22 Computer BIOS Screen

27. The Press any key to boot from CD or DVD screen appears again. Once again Do Not press any key just leave windows to start normally.

Fig: 9-23 The Starting Windows Icon is reminiscent of converging alien space-craft

Fig: 9-23 The Starting Windows Icon is reminiscent of converging alien space-craft

28. Those alien spaceships appear again

Fig: 9-24 Windows Logo appears

Fig: 9-24 Windows Logo appears

29. The alien spaceships now merge into the Windows logo.

Fig: 9-25 Windows now starts to prepare your computer for first time use

Fig: 9-25 Windows now starts to prepare your computer for first time use

30. Setup now starts preparing your computer for its first use.

Fig: 9-26 Setup checks your video card performance

Fig: 9-26 Setup checks your video card performance

31. Windows now starts checking various parts of your hardware as part of the Windows Experience Index calculations.

Fig: 9-27 Type in your User name

Fig: 9-27 Type in your User name

32. After the Windows Experience Index has been calculated you are next asked to type a User name for your PC.

Fig: 9-28 Type in your User name

Fig: 9-28 Your User name now gets appended with the word PC

33. Once you have inserted your name, Press the Next key.

Fig: 9-29 Type in your password and a password hint

Fig: 9-29 Type in your password and a password hint

34. Next you are asked to supply your Password.

Fig: 9-30 A Password hint helps you remember your password if you forget it

Fig: 9-30 A Password hint helps you remember your password if you forget it

35. Type in your password and then type it in again in the next box as confirmation. Finally add a hint in the hint box just in case you forget your password at some time. After you have inserted these details, Press the Next button.

Fig: 9-31 Enter your Windows Product key number

Fig: 9-31 Enter your Windows Product key number

36. In the next screen you need to insert the Windows Product key number before pressing the Next button. You will also see that the option to Activate Windows is set automatically to activate when you go online. I personally disable this option to allow me a few days ( anything from a week to a fortnight) to see that everything is working correctly before activation. The choice whether to leave it enabled or disabled is left up to you.

Fig: 9-32 Use the Recommended setting for Windows updates; you can always change the setting later if you wish

Fig: 9-32 Use the Recommended setting for Windows updates; you can always change the setting later if you wish

37. In the next screen you need to select how you want Windows Update to work. The easiest is to select the Recommend Setting at present because you can easily change it after Windows  7 has fully installed.

Fig: 9-33 Check your Time zone and time settings and make any necessary adjustments

Fig: 9-33 Check your Time zone and time settings and make any necessary adjustments

38. Now check that your time zone is correct. If it is, Click the Next button. If it is not then change your zone by clicking on the arrow to the right of the Time Zone. The full list of time zones will now appear and you can make your revised selection. Once you have done this, Press the Next button.

Fig: 9-34 Select your current network location

Fig: 9-34 Select your current network location

39. The next screen allows you to select your current network location. If you have a Home Network then click on the Home Network option; if you are connected to your work network, then Click Work Network. If you aren't on a network at all then Click Public Network.

Fig: 9-35 Windows will now finalize your installation

Fig: 9-35 Windows will now finalize your installation

40. Windows 7 now starts to finalize.

Fig: 9-36 The Windows Welcome screen will now appear

Fig: 9-36 The Windows Welcome screen will now appear

41. You are now nearing the end of the installation as the Welcome screen now appears.

Fig: 9-37 Windows will now prepare your desktop

Fig: 9-37 Windows will now prepare your desktop

42. Just a little bit longer as Windows prepares your desktop.

Fig: 9-38 At the Log On screen type in your Password

Fig: 9-38 At the Log On screen type in your Password

43. Next you need to log in to Windows 7.

Fig: 9-39 Installation is now complete

Fig: 9-39 Installation is now complete

44. Finally your desktop appears and installation is complete.