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How to Install Windows 7 Guide

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Setting an Account Password:

Not necessarily included as part of the install process, though I am sure some people would argue it should be, is setting a password on your user account. The first step is to go to the Control Panel. It is one of the selections in the Start Menu, on the right side.














Click the 'User Accounts and Family Safety' option.

Click 'User Accounts.' It will open up the settings for the account you are currently logged in under, but you can add or change a password on a different account by clicking 'Manage another account' and selecting the other account.

Now you just need to input the password twice, to ensure you did not mistype it one of the times, and give a hint, in case you forget your password.


Configuring and Using Windows Update:

During the set up process, we had the choice to set up Windows Update, and I chose to have it “Ask me later.” Now it's later.

To get to the Windows Update interface, just open up the Start Menu and click the All Programs option on the lower left to find the shortcut. Because I initially told Windows to not automatically install updates, the OS tells me I should, which is a good idea as updates can repair security holes and add new features.

However, I like to have some control over what my computer is doing and what is installed on it, so I am going to choose my settings. The options are to have Windows download and install updates as it wishes; allow Windows to download updates, but I choose when to install them; to let Windows only check for updates and I tell it what to download and install; or to never check for updates. You should choose whichever best fits your computer habits and knowledge. Also, beneath the drop-down box of the choices given earlier are two more boxes where you can tell Windows when you want it to install updates. These boxes may be grayed out, depending on the option you chose.

With the setting chosen, Windows will check for updates on its own or you can click the button on the left side to initiate a check. It may take some time, but when Windows finishes checking it will tell you how many important and optional updates it has found, and also tell you how many it wants to download and install. Clicking on the count of Important or Optional updates will take you to window for selecting which updates to install and provide more information about the updates.

Just clicking on the update’s name will give you additional information on it on the right of the window, and you can switch from Important to Optional updates on the left of the window. Once the updates are selected, you can click the OK button in the lower right and let Windows start installing whatever is selected.

Aside from the possibility of having to restart your computer to finish installing an update, that is all there is to installing and updating Windows 7.

  1. Installing Windows 7 Guide
  2. Setting Up Windows
  3. Setting an Account Password & Windows Update
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