Step 1: Boot off Disc or USB When your PC boots, it first runs a Basic Input/output System (BIOS) which controls many aspects about the PC hardware configuration including how it boots. If the BIOS does not default to booting from USB or disc, it will often offer a button press to bring up a boot menu, usually F12, Esc, F2 or F8. Generally, you can tell what your machine wants you to press if you watch the BIOSscreen right when your machine turns on, or you can consult your user manual. You might have to do a power cycle a few times to get the right setting and get it to boot to what you would like.
Once it boots you should see this:
Once it boots you should see this:
Unless you have a different language or keyboard youare just going to select next at this screen.
On this screen, if you are just going to be installing, hit Install Now....later, if youneed to repair your machine or need to restore it back to a previous restore point,you can do this by clicking on “repair your computer” on the bottom.
You should see this:
Make sure you skim this page. You have to select I acceptthe license terms and then click Next.
Next you will see an Upgrade or Custom (advanced). This will giveyou the option of upgrading from a previous version of Windows, like Windows Vista or Windows XP. Note, you will keep all yoursettings, programs and files in your original location if you upgrade from Windows Vista. If you are upgrading from Windows XP, it will move all of your Windowssettings to a Windows.old directory along with your Documents and Settings, and all of your Programs will need to be reinstalled. I always recommend you back up all of your data before youdo a custom install....unless youhave XP, then Windows 7 Upgrade license will not work on a Custom Install, then you have to do the upgrade.
The next screen will be different depending on your hard drives and how many you are using. I am installingthis on a virtual machine for the sake of this walk-through so my hard drive is not very large. If you have ahard drive with data on it, do not follow the directions for this step! This is only for hard driveswith no data on them, or that have been backed up!
Click on Drive options...You will see the option for new, if you have backed up yourhard drive you will want to delete first. Make sure you are on the correct harddrive if you have multiples before hitting delete.
Next you are going to want to hit new...
You will see this pop-up after hitting new. This is telling you that Windows is going toputting a small 100MB partition on the beginning of your hard drive to run the bootand other start-up files to speed up the boot process. This is OK and recommended.
You will now see the System Reserved with Total Size 100.0 MB and Free Space 86.0 MB as wellas your new partitioned system drive, make sure you have your new Partition 2 selected and hitnext. Now it is just a waiting and watching after this for a bit. The computer will reboot once ortwice before you have any more input.
Hit next and then wait and let it work..
Now you put in the user name you would like to use, this account will be an Administrator. Youwill notice that when you enter the user name the computer name will also change and changethe PC name to be username-pc. You can change this if you want by selecting that box beforehitting next.
This is where you will give your new user account password and a passwordhint..(FYI: You can just hit next, this is not required just recommended.)
I recommend that you just hit next on thisscreen. You will have the option later to enteryour key..You can make sure you get everything setup the way you want before activating yourbox. So just hit next and you will have up to 120 days to enter a key. It will start to bug you in about 3 days to enter one. If you do enter akey it will automaticallyactivate your machine if you keep that box checked and you havean Internet connection.
This is where you will select if you want Windows Updates to come down automatically or not. Use your own judgement but the recommendation for a personal PC that is not behind a firewall or a corporate network is to userecommended settings. Ifyou are going to be using this machine as a Media PC, you have to remember that your media center will want tooptimize at night at the same time updates want to automatically restart the machine. You can always hitgo to the start menu and type “Updates” and then changethe option later if you are not happy with the first choice.
Next choose your time zone. Make sure your clock and datematch...all Microsoft products are defaulted to Pacific Time.
This screen will have you choose your firewall settings. You can customize these atanytime later on. If youare going to be running this as an extender I would recommend Home Network, this will also allow otherWindows 7 machines to use the HomeGroupfeature. Public will lock down just about all ports. Windows will nowfinish the configuration of the rest of the information. Thisshould be pretty quick.
CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR INSTALL OF WINDOWS 7.