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Installing Windows 7 (part 1) - Performing a Clean Install of Windows 7

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You can install Windows 7 either from the bootable DVD or through a network installation using files that have been copied to a network share point. You can also launch the setup. exe file from within the Windows 7 operating system to upgrade your operating system.

The Windows 7 DVD is bootable. To start the installation, you simply restart your computer and boot to the DVD. The installation process will begin automatically. You will walk through the steps of installing Windows 7 from the DVD in Exercise 1.

If you are installing Windows 7 from the network, you need a distribution server and a computer with a network connection. A distribution server is a server that has the Windows 7 distribution files copied to a shared folder. The following steps are used to install Windows 7 over the network:

  1. Boot the target computer.

  2. Attach to the distribution server and access the share that has the files copied to it.

  3. Launch setup.exe.

  4. Complete the Windows 7 installation using either the clean install method or the upgrade method. These methods are discussed in detail in the following sections.

1. Performing a Clean Install of Windows 7

On any installation of Windows 7, there are three stages to the installation.

Collecting Information During the collection phase of the installation, Windows 7 gathers the information necessary to complete the installation. This is where Windows 7 gathers your local time, location, keyboard, license agreement, installation type, and installation disk partition.

Installing Windows This section of the installation is where your Windows 7 files are copied to the hard disk and the installation is completed. This phase takes the longest as the files are installed.

Set Up Windows In this phase, you set up a username, computer name, password, product key, and security settings and review the date and time. After this is finished, your installation will be complete.

As explained earlier, you can run the installation from the optical media or over a network. The only difference in the installation procedure is your starting point: from your optical drive or from a network share. The steps in the following exercise assume you are using the Windows 7 DVD to install Windows 7.

When you boot to the Windows 7 installation media, the Setup program will automatically start the Windows 7 installation. In Exercise 1, you will perform a clean install of Windows 7. This exercise assumes that you have access to Windows 7 Ultimate; other editions may vary slightly. You can also download an evaluation version of Windows 7 from Microsoft's website.

Exercise 1: Performing a Clean Install of Windows 7

  1. Insert the Windows 7 DVD into the machine and start the computer.

  2. If you are asked to Hit Any Key to start the DVD, press Enter.

  3. The first screen will ask you to enter your language, local time, and keyboard. After filling in these fields, click Next.



  4. At the next screen, click the Install Now button.



  5. A message appears to tell you that the setup is starting. The licensing screen will be first. Read the license agreement and then check the I Accept The License Terms check box. Click Next.

  6. When asked which type of installation you want, click Custom (Advanced).



  7. The next screen asks you to identify the disk to which you would like to install Windows 7. Choose an unformatted free space or a partition (partition will be erased) with at least 20 GB available. You can also click the Drive Options (Advanced) link to create your own partition. After you choose your partition, click Next.



  8. When your partition is set, the installation will start. You will see the progress of the installation during the entire process. When the installation is complete, the machine will reboot.

  9. After the installation is complete, the Username And Computer Name screen will appear. Type in your username and computer name and click Next.



  10. Set your password on the next screen. Enter your password twice and enter your hint. Click Next.



  11. The next screen asks you to enter your 25-digit product key. Enter your product key and make sure the check box—to automatically register your machine when you're online—is checked. Click Next.

  12. Settings related to Windows Update and security will appear next. You can use the recommended settings, install important updates for Windows only, or have the computer ask you later. If you select the option to use the recommended settings, the following settings will be configured:

    • Windows Update will be enabled and updates will automatically install.

    • Windows Defender will be installed and any collected information will be sent to Microsoft.

    • Errors will automatically be sent to Microsoft.

    • The latest drivers for your hardware will automatically be downloaded from Windows Update.

  13. You will now be able to verify your time and date settings. Configure your time, time zone, and date. Click Next.

  14. The next step is to set your computer's current location. You have the ability to choose from a home, work, or public location. Choose the location where your computer is located.



  15. Windows will finalize your setup and the installation will be complete.

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