How to Install Windows 7 GuideGuest_Jim_* - April 3, 2013
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Installing Windows 7 Guide:
At some point, every computer enthusiast will install Windows or another OS because they are building a computer, upgrading the OS, or they have messed up a machine so badly that a complete reinstall of the OS is needed. Regardless, it is going to happen, so let's go through the process of installing and some set up for the still popular Windows 7.
The first step is to inject the install media into the computer. Typically for Windows this is a DVD but you can also find versions of the installer designed to be run from USB drives. Once the media is connected, you need to reboot the computer and make sure it reads the media. It may be necessary to enter the BIOS to change the boot order so the computer will start from the install media, but likely won't be. If your computer does not boot from the media though, you'll want to find a manual for its BIOS to determine how to change the boot order.
The first screen you come to after the install media has been loaded is the Language window. Once you fill in that information, just click the Next button to actually get to the install process.
This window offers you three options: Install now; What to know before installing Windows; and Repair your computer. As this guide is about installing Windows, you want to click 'Install now.'
The first step after telling the installer you want to install is to accept the license terms. I cannot say if anyone actually reads these things but if you do not accept it, you will not be able to advance.
At this point the installer asks what type of installation we want: Upgrade or Custom (advanced). If an older version of Windows is already installed, you want to upgrade, and if you want to just install Windows, you want to click Custom (advanced). The 'Help me decide' option brings up a help window that explains the differences between the options.
Now we get to a very important step as we decide where we want to install Windows. If you have an unformatted drive installed in the computer, Windows will want to format the entire drive for its partition. If the drive already has data and partitions, then you will have the choice of selecting a specific partition to install on and to reformat it or any other partition. You can also create partitions at this point by clicking the 'New' button and telling it what size, in megabytes, you want the partition to be.
After the disk management step, you hit Next and wait. Exactly how long you wait depends on many factors, but the process tells you what it is doing. Eventually it will need to restart and if you are not there to click the 'Restart Now' button, it will do so automatically after 10 seconds. After it reboots it may return to the process meter window, saying that it is 'Completing installation' and restart again.
If the computer boots up asking you if you would like to install Windows, that just means the computer booted from the install media instead of from the internal drive. Just remove the media and restart again.