How to Install Windows 7
Windows 7 is an operating system from Microsoft. There are many reasons you may want to upgrade your computers operating system to this new version. Follow these steps to upgrade your computer to Windows 7:
What you will need to install Windows 7:
- A computer meeting the minimum requirements
- A copy of Windows 7
- Before buying or attempting an installation, it is a good idea to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. This program from Microsoft will give you an idea if your computer will meet the requirements needed to run Windows 7 and tell you about any problems that might be found.
- Next, you will need to decide on the version of the operating system that you want. The first consideration is whether you need the 32 bit or 64 bit version. Most people will need the 32 bit version, but if you have a 64 bit computer with at least 2 GB of RAM, your computer will probably run better with the 64 bit version.
- There are also several different editions of 7. These range from Basic to Ultimate. If you are installing on your home computer, home premium or ultimate may be best for you, depending on what features you need and how much you want to spend.
- You will now need to decide whether to do a clean installation or an upgrade. If it is currently running XP, you will need to do a clean installation. Some versions of Vista can be upgraded though. A clean installation can be better anyways, because after installation the computer is often faster and will have less issues.
- Back up all personal data on your computer and make sure you will be able to reinstall all programs that you use.
- For an upgrade, insert the installation disc while the computer is on. For a clean installation, restart the computer and boot from the disc.
- Once the disc is inserted, the installation is fairly simple and you will need to follow the prompts shown. Installation can take from under and hour to several hours depending on the installation method and computer.
- Once installation is complete, make sure to activate the computer. Put your personal data back on the computer if needed and reinstall your programs.