This is a clean install of windows and should be
free of errors and problems as long as your system fits the minimum
laid down by Microsoft and does not have an incompatibility or hardware
Your Computer will post (These screens will vary from manufacturer
images to the
text shown below).
After Windows passes the initial Post screens, Windows 7 will begin to
the hard drive is Blank, this may take sometime.
Windows 7 will now start the install procedure.
First you need to select your language, then Time and currency...
Next set your Keyboard Language. This may have changed correctly when
Currency" option was selected, if not change as needed. Click "Next£ to
Your Keyboard input method will change to the most common used under the
and currency" selected, you can change this now if need be.
Once happy with your selection click on "Next" to continue
Now the "Install Windows 7" screen will appear, Click on "Install now"
NOTE: The Repair options on this page are
other guides available in the
Windows 7 section
Setup will begin...
This is were "Part1" of the install officially starts.. You will now see
pictured below at the bottom of the screen. It has no relevance to
general. It moves fast sometimes, slow other times, If you insist on
then don't be worried if it stays in any particular spot for long
Now the "License agreement".....
....read them click on "I accept the License terms", then click "Next"
continue. If you don't agree then this is as far as you can go :(
Now the "Type of installation". Click on "Custom (Advanced) to
Hard drive setup comes next. Click next for "Automatic Harddrive setup
using full capacity", otherwise click on
"Drive Options" to configure the drive yourself.
NOTE: If hard drive cannot be seen then return to
Windows 7 main page
and follow the
"No HDD (No hard drive)" instructions
Drive Options Menu: Now click on "New"
Drive Options Menu: Select the size you want the partition to be
manually type it in, in the box). Then click "Apply" to continue.
NOTE: Remember Windows 7 needs 16GB of space to operate in.
Drive Options Menu: Windows warns that it may need to create a
partitions for the system, Click "OK" to continue.
Drive Options Menu: Setting the drive up may take a few moments.
Drive Options Menu: The partitions are now setup, select the
that says "Primary" underneath "Type" and click on "Format" to
finalize the hard drives setup.
NOTE: There are now two partitions, Windows 7 created the first
Partition 1" by itself for Windows files. "Disk 0 Partition 2" is the
wanted to configure, and its the only one you should format, and any
setup after this stage of course.
You will be warned about the format, all data will be lost that's on
this drive, click "OK" to continue.
Now the "Where do you want Windows to go question" select the drive you
("Disk 0 Partition 2" in my case), the same drive that you formated in
Once selected click "Next" to begin the install of Windows 7.
END OF PART 1
Windows will now begin copying files
Once done it will begin expanding the "Quite quickly copied files"
Expand a bit more....
Still expanding, so i took another screen shot....
At last the files are "Expanded", now for installing features, this bit
Thankfully no updates downloaded, so on we move :)
A restart, wait 10 seconds or like me click "Restart" to reclaim these
The computer will restart and post again.
Now "Press any key" boot menu. Do not do this as it will only start the
from the beginning again. Wait the 10 seconds that it appears on screen
resist the temptation...
Windows 7 is now "Starting Windows".....
and now Windows sets up the Registry
Now another screen appears, setup is "Starting Windows 7's" services....
Setup now completes the installation....
and once again a "Restart" is needed....
Same as above, do not press a key as installation will begin again,
you to reboot to get back to this screen.
"Windows is starting" again......
Setup now prepares the system for "First use"....
The first time I have needed to do anything in almost 45 minutes,
computer name is required....
Fill these in and click next to continue....
Next the all important password setting screen, leave bank and click
continue without one, otherwise....
....fill in the password box, retype to confirm, and leave yourself a
in case it become forgotten. Click "Next to continue.
You will now need your Windows "Product Key". This will be on the disk
provided with your CD's/DVD's, or from Microsoft's website just before
downloading. The product key will be 25 digits long and will contain
Input key (Dashes will be added automatically), "Automatically activate
when online" option is selected by default, deselect if you wish, and
next to continue.
Now the built in Windows protection modes. We would recommend the top
"Use Recommended settings", this will enable updates to be downloaded
installed, click on your selection too continue.
Now you must review your time and date settings
Change your time zone to your present location. If all is OK or once
done then click on
"Next" to continue...
Now your Network configuration, if you want to setup the new "homegroup"
system for easy to configure, password protected configuration, then use
If you want a standard network setup then use
Network", allowing you to browse and see other computers
that's public, that would be a risk to your files and security, select
Windows 7 setup will now connect to your network , and setup required
depending on your choice in the previous memory....
The "Homegroup" option in "Home networking" allows you to select what
to share, and also provides a password, for others to access. Note this
down as its needed for others to get access to your network.
Users of Media center, Vista Premium (And above), and XBOX 360 will be
with this type of setup.
You can of course skip this now and setup later, or make selections,
password and press "Next" to continue.
Windows 7 will now finalize your settings
Prepare the desktop
Windows desktop will update
Browser customisations will install
and finally you are there. Windows 7 installed without hitch, any
now install. Remember though on
next reboot you will be prompted for a password (If you setup one), so
forget it as I successfully managed to do...
If you are lucky you will have no drivers to install,
chances are the next step will be to install them. Check out device
for unknown devices, likely items are Network Cards, Sound Cards,
Scanners, Graphics Cards, Digital Cameras, etc.
Also installing anti-virus software, spyware software
possibly a 3rd party Firewall are a must for any computer.
Windows Update is very successful in finding many
so try running it for a few hours, and after a few boots you may find
items installed and ready for use