You can install Windows 7 on your computer using the Windows 7 installer instructions provided in this free lesson.
You may still be exploring Windows 7, or you may have already purchased the operating system. Either way, we're now going to look at the installation process.
In this lesson, you will review pre-installation preparation and learn how to install Windows 7, along with any accompanying devices and hardware.
There are a few things you need to check before you get started with your installation.
In Lesson 2, we discussed the considerations you needed to be aware of before upgrading to Windows 7. By now, you should have:
In addition, you will need to make sure you have a working Internet connection upon installation, since you may be prompted to download and install security and hardware driver updates.
Microsoft also recommends that you update your antivirus programs. After updating, you should run the antivirus programs and then turn them off. Once the installation is complete, you can turn the programs back on or install new antivirus software that is compatible with Windows 7.
Windows Mail and Outlook Express are not available on Windows 7. If you are currently using these programs, you will need to import your data into Windows Live Mail or another email program after installation.
Before installation, it's a good idea to back up your files, even if you are only doing a simple upgrade. This can be done by copying your files to an external source such as a CD, DVD, external drive, or USB flash drive.
If you are doing a custom (clean) installation, you will need to back up and transfer your files and settings. You will also need to gather your installation discs to reinstall any programs. For programs that were downloaded from the Internet, you may be able to download them again; if not, you'll need to back them up before upgrading.
Microsoft recommends using Windows Easy Transfer to back up and transfer your files and settings. A detailed tutorial on this process will be linked in the next part of this lesson. As previously mentioned, you may want to consider using a computer service professional because performing a custom (clean) installation has the potential to become quite complicated.
Do not use the File and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP because it is not compatible with Windows 7.