Installing Windows 7
You are now ready to install Windows 7. Boot from your Windows 7 installation DVD, and perform a new installation.
How to Do a Custom (Clean) Installation
Follow these steps to perform a clean installation:
- Insert the Windows 7 installation disc into the computer's DVD drive, turn on your computer, and then do one of the following:
- If you want to replace your computer's existing operating system with Windows 7, and you don't need to adjust your disk partitions, go to step 2.
- Restart your computer with the installation disc inserted in your DVD drive. If you're asked to press a key to boot from the DVD, press the appropriate key. If the Install Windows window appears as shown in Figure 3.10, go to step 2.
Figure 3.10 If you see the Install Windows window, you can go on to the next step.
- When the Install Windows page appears, click Install Now.
- When the Get Important Updates for Installation page appears, click Get the Latest Updates as shown in Figure 3.11. Among other things, the latest updates will help protect your computer from recently detected security problems.
Figure 3.11 Be sure to download and install all important updates right away.
- After the updates are complete, resume the Windows 7 installation by clicking the Continue button. Click I Accept the License Terms (you must accept to continue the installation) and click Next.
- When the Which Type of Installation Do You Want? page appears, click Custom.
- When the Where Do You Want to Install Windows? page appears, choose one of the following options:
- If you don't want to specify a specific partition where you want to install Windows, or create partitions on your hard disk, click Next.
- If you already have an existing partition where you want to install Windows 7 to create a multiple boot configuration, select that partition and click Next to begin the installation. (Be sure to install Windows 7 on a different partition from where your current version of Windows XP is installed.)
- If you want to create, extend, delete, or format a partition, click Drive Options (Advanced), select the option you want, and follow the instructions. Click Next to begin the installation. (If the Drive Options (Advanced) option is disabled, you will have to start your computer using the installation disc.)
- If you have only a single partition defined for the disk, you will need to delete it and then create a blank disk partition.
- Click OK.
- Your computer will begin installing the Windows 7 files and may stop and start several times (see Figure 3.12). You can see that the system is busy when an ellipse (...) appears after the phrase describing its current action.
Figure 3.12 The installation process might take a while, so get comfortable.
- When installation has completed, you'll see the new Windows 7 desktop. The first thing you will note is that the desktop interface has changed quite a bit from Windows XP. It is, however, quite similar to that introduced in Windows Vista. To learn more about new features that are part of Windows 7, see Chapters 6 to 11.