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Installing Windows 7

Pre-Installation information

You need to prepare your computer before initiating the installation of the Windows 7. Since you are installing a completely new operating system, all programs that are currently on your computer will be deleted.

  1. Back up all of your all your files and folders onto an external source such as a DVD, CD, Jump Drive, External Hard Drive, thumbdrive or USB Drive. If you have a second partition of your hard drive, you can copy and paste your data to this partition including any previously downloaded software.
  2. Make a note of all your install files for any programs on your computer such as programs downloaded and paid for from the internet. CD/DVD installation programs (IE Office, Project Professional) and the licenses for these products such as license keys, serial numbers, activation codes and product keys. These programs will need to be reinstalled later.
  3. Make sure you write down the Product Key for Windows 7. You will need this number to complete the activation.
  4. If you are using an external device to back up your files, disconnect the device.

Installing Windows 7

You need to have at least 10GB to install. Check the properties of the C Drive to make sure you have enough space before you begin.

To install Windows 7:

    1. Place the DVD with the burned IMG file on it into the DVD drive. Alternatively, if your image has been burned to a USB device, the following instructions also apply.
    2. Restart your computer.
    3. During the booting process, press the appropriate button to view the boot menu. This will be different for every computer.
    4. Select the boot device in which your Windows software is on i.e., DVD or USB device.
    5. When the monitor displays “Press any key to boot off CD”, press any key on the keyboard.

Windows 7 installation screenshot 1

  1. The Install Windows window is displayed. Click the arrow beside Install now.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 2
    The message Setup is copying temporary files…is displayed.
  2. On the Get important updates for installation window, select Goonline….
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 3
    The Searching for installation updates window is displayed.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 4
  3. Click the I accept the license terms check box.
  4. Click the Nextbutton.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 5
    Note: Because you have a Windows version that is not eligible for upgrade, you will need to do a custom installation.
  5. Click Custom(advanced).
    Note: You must have at least 10GB of space available to do a custom installation of Windows 7.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 6
  6. Click Disk0 Partition 1(C:).
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 7
  7. Click the Next button. The Install Windows program displays a warning that previous Windows programs may not be accessible.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 8
  8. Click the OK button. The Installing Windows window is displayed.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 9

Setting up Windows 7

After the installation is complete, you will need to:

  1. Set up Windows updates.
  2. Set up the computer name with the first user account.
  3. Input the date and time including time zone.
  4. Choose the network type the computer is located on.
  5. Depending on your computer, you may be required to enter your Product Key now. Enter your Product Key.
  6. Click the Next button. A confirmation window is displayed.
  7. Close the confirmation window. Your system is now ready to be used.

To install your key and activate windows:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Right click on Computer. A pop-up menu is displayed.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 10
  3. Click Properties. The properties of Windows 7 are displayed
  4. At the bottom of the screen, beside Product ID, click Change product key. The Windows Activation window is displayed.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 11
  5. Beside Product Key, enter the new product key in the text box. The product key is visible on the WebStore when you view the complete summary of your order under Your Account.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 12
  6. Click the Next button. A confirmation window is displayed.
  7. Close the confirmation window.

Backup on a USB flash drive

Backup on a USB flash drive:

  1. Download or prepare a Windows 7 Bootable Installation image.
  2. Change the extension of the image from .IMG to .ISO.
  3. Download and install Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool
  4. Run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
  5. In the Source file box, type the name and path of the Windows 7 ISO file, or click Browse and select the file in the Open dialog box.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 13
  6. Click the Next button.
  7. Select a media type by either:
    1. Clicking the USB device button to create a copy of Windows 7 installation media on a USB flash drive.
      Note: Any existing data on the USB device will be lost. Ensure that you have backed up any important information.
    2. Clicking the DVD button to create a copy of Windows 7 installation media on a DVD disk.
      Windows 7 installation screenshot 14
  8. Click the Next button.
  9. Insert a USB flash drive into the USB Port or an external hard disk or DVD disc into the DVD writer/burner tray.
    Note: Make sure that no important data is stored on the USB device as it will be formatted when you start the copying process and all data will be lost.
  10. For copying the Windows 7 file:
    1. To a USB flash drive: select your USB device in the drop-down menu and click Begin copying.
      Windows 7 installation screenshot 15
    2. To a DVD, click Begin burning. (image above would be different)
  11. WUDT will format the storage media and then copy the Windows 7 files over to the media.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 16
  12. Once the bootable USB device or DVD has been successfully created, you are ready to install Windows 7.
    Windows 7 installation screenshot 17

    You now have a copy of the software and are ready to install it.