How to Install Windows 7

Installing a new operating system isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but thankfully with Windows 7 Microsoft has made the process a little less stressful. This guide will help you to install Windows 7 on your computer quickly and easily.

Checking system requirements

Before you proceed with any installation it is important to check your system requirements to ensure your computer is able to cope with the extra demands of Windows 7. You may also want to place all of your data (i.e. documents, pictures, much, video, etc.) in a separate partition, or on an external hard-drive, you can do this by using the new feature in Windows 7, Libraries.

64-bit or 32-bit

Once you have chosen your copy of Windows 7 (There is Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate), you will need to select whether to install the 64-bit, or the 32-bit option. The general rule of thumb here is: if you’re your computer has 3GB of RAM or more, you will want to go for the 64-bit option, otherwise stick with the 32-bit. Both discs will be in the box, so it is just a matter of selecting the right one.

Upgrade or Custom

If you are upgrading from a previous version of Windows, you will have the option of upgrading to Windows 7, if your computer does not have Windows, you will simply need to proceed with the install. Selecting the “Custom” option gives you a lot more freedom than “Upgrade” and has features such as letting you format and partition your hard-disk – this is known as a “clean” install.

When using the Custom installation, you should run Windows Easy Transfer; this will copy and restore any of your old files, such as documents, music and pictures, as well as settings. It will not restore any programs.

Stay connected to the internet

Part-way through the installation process, Windows will attempt to retrieve updates from Microsoft servers to allow it do this you will need to ensure your computer is connected to the internet.

Next steps

The DVD will usually boot automatically and display a “Windows is loading files…” message. After this is complete you will able to choose your language, time, currency and keyboard language. Following this, you need to hit the big “Install Now” button. This will take you to a licence agreement which you will need to accept to proceed. Next comes the choice of Upgrade or Custom; both types of installation will take 45-60 minutes, although the Custom option is a little quicker.

Over the course of the 45-60 minutes Windows 7 will carry out the installation; all you can really do here is wait, maybe make yourself a cup of tea or something. Once it has completed this step you will be asked to provide a username of 20 characters or less and a computer name of 15 characters maximum. You will also need to enter the product key, although your free trial means you have 30 days to do so. You will then need to select time-zone and security settings, after this is complete, Windows 7 will display a message: “Windows is preparing your desktop”.

And that’s it – you’re ready to go with Windows 7!