How to Install Windows 7 on a PC

Introduction

Windows 7 was released in 2009 and is a fan favorite of many people.

Windows 7 Box

This guide will walk you though the install and setup process of Windows 7. This will cover how to do a clean install or a parallel install.

  • Clean Install - You will lose all data on the drive or partition you install Windows on.
  • Parallel Install - This is typically done for recovery purposes and in some cases for dual booting.  This will install a copy of windows on your existing drive and rename your existing system folders of your previous install so you do not lose any data.

 

? What type of install are you performing?

  1. Clean Install
  2. Parallel Install

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Windows 7 was released in 2009 and is a fan favorite of many people.

Windows 7 Box

This guide will walk you though the install and setup process of Windows 7. This will cover how to do a clean install or a parallel install.

  • Clean Install - You will lose all data on the drive or partition you install Windows on.
  • Parallel Install - This is typically done for recovery purposes and in some cases for dual booting.  This will install a copy of windows on your existing drive and rename your existing system folders of your previous install so you do not lose any data.

 

  1. Insert your Windows 7 disc into their DVD-ROM drive. If the Installation Media is on a USB drive, then plug it in.
  2. Shut down the system completely.
  3. Remove any unnecessary devices that may interfere with the installation and configuration of the OS. This includes but is not limited to any USB mass storage devices, including flash drives (that are not related to their installation media), external hard drives, and external USB hubs. Printers should be disconnected as well. If the system is a laptop and it is in a docking station, remove it from the dock.
  4. Turn on the computer. A prompt stating "Press any key to boot from CD / DVD / USB" should appear. Press any key.
    Press Any Key
  5. The Windows 7 Installation Splash Screen should appear.
    Windows 7 Install Screen
  1. Select your language, currency, and keyboard.
    Language, Currency, and Keyboard drop down menus highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Click Install Now.
    Install now button highlighted
  4. Select the version of Windows you wish to install.

     This screen may not show up on all installations of Windows 7.

    List of available windows operating systems to install highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Read the license terms and click the I accept the license terms box.
    I accept the the license terms highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. Click the type of installation you wish to perform.

    You can only perform an upgrade if you ran setup from within a running copy of Windows.

    Upgrade and Custom installation options highlighted
  9. Choose the drive which you want to install windows on.
    List of available drives highlighted.

  10. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  11. Windows install process will take up to 30 minutes. You computer may reboot a couple of times before it continues with the setup process.
  1. Type in a user name you would like to use.
    User name field highlighted
  2. Type in a computer name you would like to use.

    The computer name can not match your user name.

    Computer name field highlighted
  3. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  4. Type and confirm a password you would like to use when you log into your account.

    While this step is optional, it's suggested to use a password. If you do not wish to use a password just hit the Next button.

    Password and confirm password fields highlighted
  5. Type in a password hint.
    Password hint field highlighted
  6. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  7. Enter your product key.

    If you do not have one, you may just click Next to skip this step for now. You will be asked to activate your computer in the near future if you skip this step.

    Product key field highlighted
  8. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  9. Choose how you would like to setup Windows Updates.
    Automatic Update options highlighted
  10. Select your time zone.
    Timezone drop down menu highlighted
  11. Verify the date and time are correct.
    Date and Time section highlighted
  12. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  13. Choose the type of location you are using the computer at currently.
    Connection locations highlighted
  14. Your computer will now prepare your computer for first use.

    This process may take several minutes.

  1. Insert your Windows 7 disc into their DVD-ROM drive. If the Installation Media is on a USB drive, then plug it in.
  2. Shut down the system completely.
  3. Remove any unnecessary devices that may interfere with the installation and configuration of the OS. This includes but is not limited to any USB mass storage devices, including flash drives (that are not related to their installation media), external hard drives, and external USB hubs. Printers should be disconnected as well. If the system is a laptop and it is in a docking station, remove it from the dock.
  4. Turn on the computer. A prompt stating "Press any key to boot from CD / DVD / USB" should appear. Press any key.
    Press Any Key
  5. The Windows 7 Installation Splash Screen should appear.
    Windows 7 Install Screen
  1. Select your language, currency, and keyboard.
    Language, Currency, and Keyboard drop down menus highlighted
  2. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  3. Click Install Now.
    Install now button highlighted
  4. Select the version of Windows you wish to install.

     This screen may not show up on all installations.

    List of available windows operating systems to install highlighted
  5. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  6. Read the license terms and click the I accept the license terms box.
    I accept the the license terms highlighted
  7. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  8. Click the Custom (advanced) install.
    Custom Install highlighted
  9. Choose the exiting partition which you want to install windows on.
    Partition highlighted
  10. Click Next.
    Next button highlighted
  11. Click on the OK button.
    OK message highlighted
  12. Windows install process will take up to 30 minutes. You computer may reboot a couple of times before it continues with the setup process.
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