In this guide we will go through the installation steps of installing Windows 7 (this guide is for a clean install of Windows 7 .meaning on a blank Hard Drive)
- The first step is to make sure that the first bootable drive is the CD/DVD drive that were have the Windows Vista installation disk in, this is done in the computers BIOS programs the can be configured by pressing a certain key as the computer is first booting eg. for an Award Bios pressing the Delete key will allow you to enter the setup of the BIOS. other systems have other key presses such as "esc" or "F12". It should display what key to press as the computer boots, it might say some thing like "press F12 to enter setup". Also some computer will give you the option for a once off boot menu that will allow you to choose the drive that you want to boot off.
- Ok now assuming that you computer has booted from the CD/DVD rom drive you may get the following screen (fig.1) if your Hard Drive already has some data on it, so just press a key on you keyboard to continue installation.
- After a key is pressed the Installation kernel will begin to load (fig.2).
fig.2 Windows 7 Installation Kernel loading
- After an amout of time sometime upto a few minutes the GUI will load with the installion program (fig.3) that will guide you through the rest of the process, on this screen select your language.
fig.3 Selecting a language for WIndows 7 Installation.
- The next screen (fig.4) will allow you to chose a language for Windows Vista itself, also you have the chance to specify a keyboard and time and currency, in most cases this will not need to be changed. After this is done press the NEXT button.
fig.4 Selecting Windows 7 Language, keyboard type, time & currency format.
- The next screen (fig.5) simply click the "Install button".
fig.5 The install now screen.
- Give the computer some time it might stay on this screen for a while (fig.6)
fig.6 The setup is starting screen - might sit on this screen for a while depending on the speed of the computer.
- The Licensing screen will appear (fig.7) click the I agree check box then click "NEXT"
fig.7 Windows 7 License terms.
- At the next screen (fg.8), given that you had no other installation on your computer, the only option you can select is "custom" so click that.
fig.8 Which type of installation do you want?
- Next screen (fig.9) you will see your hard disks listed, go ahead and click the disk you want to install to then click "next".
fig.9 Where do you want to install Windows?
- Windows will begin installing files to the selected drive (fig.10).
fig.10 Install in Windows files.
- The install will continue installing files and doing configurations and updates (fig.11)
fig.11 Installing updates.
- After sometime the computer will reboot, when it reboots if you get the message about pressing a key to boot from CD/DVD, igonre it.
- Then Windows Vista will load for the first time (fig.12)
fig.12 Windows loading for the first time.
- Vista my sit at this screen for a while as the system gets ready for device installs (fig.13)
fig.13 Please wait while Windows sets up your computer..
- Also the following GUI screen will stay up for a while (fig.14)
fig.14 Please wait while Windows continues setting up your computer...
- Windows Vista install will continue (fig.15)
fig.15 Completing Installation
- After one more final reboot, Windows Vista will load to creating a user for Vista (fig.16)
fig.16 Choose a user name and picture.
- Go ahead and type in a name and a password and select a picture for your account then click "next" (fig.17)
fig.17 Choose a user name and password.
- Now we need to give our computer a name (fig.18)
- so type a unque name, also you can choose you wallpaper (desktop background) here (fig.18), when finished click "next".
fig.18 Type a computer name and choose a desktop background
- Next screen (fig.19) we have to chose our securty settings, use the default "Use recommened settings".
fig.19 Help protect Windows automatically.
- Now we will see the screen that will allow us to set the clock and timezone settings (fig.20) so set them then click "next".
fig.20 Review your time and date settings.
- Now click the button that says "Start" to finish the install (fig.21).
fig.21 Nearly done...
- Vista will now do some performance tests to find out what your computer is capable of (fig.22)
fig.22 Please wait while Windows checks your computers performance...
- After some time the performance check will be finished and the login screen will appear (fig.23) go ahead and type your password then click the blue arrow or press enter to login.
fig.23 Windows Vista Login Screen.
- After you have logged in the desktop will load for the first time (fig.24) & (fig.25)
fig.24 Windows Vista Welcome.
fig.25 Vista Preparing your desktop...
- At last your full Windows Vista desktop will appear (fig.26), you can now explore your new Vista installation.
fig.26 Windows Vista new desktop.
- Congradulations you have now insalled Windows Vista.