This guide is for a Clean install (NOT an Upgrade) and
is the easiest of all possible Windows 7 installations. Regardless of which
Version of Windows 7 you are installing or whether it is a 32 or 64-bit
Edition, the steps listed here are the same. Ensure that you backup all of
your important files (documents, music, etc) to CD/DVD/USB or another hard
drive before following these steps, this procedure will remove ALL data off
the Hard Drive (HDD). You can only install the same version your Product Key
is assigned, all which is usually found on a Microsoft Sticker on the bottom
or in the battery case of a laptop or on the tower of a desktop.
can easily be installed on your existing HDD or even a new one. Below is a
suggested list of precautions that should be done before you start your
installation; though most consider these steps a nuisance and redundant...they
could save you hours of frustration.
- Check that all power cables and plug sources are
secure and that you are plugged in if you have a battery.
- Disconnect all unnecessary external devices and USBs.
- If using a USB, be sure you plug into a BLACK port
and not a BLUE
port (2.0 vs. 3.0).
- Not sure about your HDD? Do a CHKDSK scan
for errors or bad sectors using the Command Prompt
available on the DVD/USB. It's still possible for a bad HDD to have a
successful install of a new OS; however things will continue to worsen till
eventually at some point your HDD will crash and you could lose everything
on the drive. HDDs are easy enough to replace and you can get a 500gb SATA
HDD for about $50.
- Verify that the Memory is sound. Even Microsoft
recommends using their Memory Diagnostic Tool (on the
DVD/USB) prior to installation.
- Make note of your Product Key.
Let's get started
booting from the Win7 installation recovery DVD/USB, you will first
insert the DVD/USB into the PC, then turn-off the PC. Now turn it back on.
In many cases the item will boot automatically if it does not your PC will require
you to make an adjustment first.
- There are basically three things
that need to be set on most PCs to get it to boot the disc/USB properly.
- You will need to set your device to boot the CD/DVD drive
setup for more information).
- Most PCs require an adjustment to 'how the system boots. Again this is
done in the Bios/UEFI set up. Enter the set up and change the
SATA/ACHI/IDE; most are set to the modern
SATA...try one or both of the other
- And in many cases you may need to adjust the UEFI to
LEGACY or CSM or Compatibility
Mode...whichever terms your
system uses. How to do this can vary greatly from machine to
machine...this link can give you some more insight https://neosmart.net/wiki/enable-legacy-boot-mode/
- If you're using
a DVD a message of Press any key to boot from CD/DVD will appear as seen
in the picture below: "Press any key" on the keyboard before the
screen changes, if you miss the timing and it does not boot, you must start
over. If you are booting from a USB, the next image down is what you will
- If you pressed a key in-time on the last screen (when
booting from a DVD)...you will be here. If you do not see this screen, then
you failed to 'tap any key' in-time; turn-off and try again for booting from
the DVD. This is the first screen you will see if you booted a USB
- Next up is the window showing the new Win7 logo
buying time while background processes are completed.
- Here you can change the Language, Time and Currency
and Keyboard method then press Next when you are
- Click on Install now as shown below.
This is also the page you will
come to if you need to make any Repairs if something goes wrong;
the Repair Computer button is in the bottom left corner.
- Hey, look at that-- we must be on the right track. Moving on ---
- It's quite likely this is the first time you have seen a Windows
installation screen listing the different operating systems available; You
need only to choose the appropriate edition to match your Product Key. If
for some reason you make a mistake...no worries, you can simply re-do these
steps and choose the correct Version and Edition next time.
your Win7 Blend and then click NEXT.
- Here you are presented with two choices: Accept the license terms and
move on toward completion or click the red 'X' at upper right and enjoy your day -
enjoy it without Win7.
- It's now time to pick the type of installation that will be performed;
Choose Custom (advanced) to continue. This option lets you
pick where Win7 will be installed. You will also have the opportunity to
make changes to disks and partitions.
- Here you'll see a list of partitions that are currently on your HDD; how
many you see listed now is not important since we are doing a clean install.
By deleting all the partitions we are also wiping it of all data so as to
begin with a clean fresh drive. DO NOT CLICK
First click Drive Options
- Highlight/choose a partition then click DELETE.
Continue by clicking OK for each warning and/or dialogue
box that pops-up.
- Repeat/Delete each and every partition. Yes...even that one...lol. All
An unallocated space partition will replace and
absorb the deleted partition(s).
When only the one partition named
unallocated space is listed; then click NEW and then click
APPLY (to the default size: usually your entire drives size, so were
good to go).
- Agree to any terms for Windows to create and set your partitions. Once
your new partitions are set...you can now click NEXT
to continue with your clean installation.
- That's it for now. Just sit back and wait while the green check marks
appear. Depending on your hardware this can take anywhere from 20 minutes to
4 hours. In most cases the installation process takes an average of 40
minutes. Be patient; each item will load leaving a green check mark. At
Installing Updates the PC will go into the first restart.
- If you are installing from a DVD, it is very likely you will see the
screen below come up again during the re-boot...DO NOT touch
the keyboard...or else you will be starting all over. Just ignore
- If you are using a USB and WENT INTO the Bios to set your Boot Priority
to boot the USB first (rather than using the 'One Time Boot Option'), you
will need to REMOVE the USB so that the setting made in BIOS does not
re-boot from the USB again, thereby starting the whole process over from the
beginning. The USB is not required from this point to finish the
installation. You may if you choose, after the installation is complete to
set the Boot Priority back to your HDD as first. It will not hurt anything if
you leave it though.
- A variety of screens will now quickly cycle through; Starting Windows,
Performance screens, blue screens...each telling you what is happening. Then
it will pause on the green check page for the Completing
Installation stage. Once this stage is complete it will most likely
restart once more. Ignore the 'HIT ANY
KEY...' screen if it appears!
- Setup is preparing your computer for first use. When
you see this screen you are on the final leg of your fresh install. A couple
screens may flicker by....and then you will need to help with the final
- Here you will type in the user name you want to use
on the system. This is required! Whatever user name you select will be
automatically entered in the 'Computer Name' field, stripped of any spaces
and with a -PC appended to the end for network identification purposes. You
don't have to accept what is suggested. Feel free to change it to something
appropriate to fit your current naming scheme if necessary.
- Next up is your user account password. Optional! This
is your Windows Log-on password to safeguard your privacy and information,
even in a home situation it is a prudent move; but it isn't required. Just
leave all blank and click NEXT if you DO
NOT want a password; otherwise fill in the requested information then
click NEXT to continue.
- This is the important screen-> the Product Key
Activation screen. You can skip it for up to 30 days... but why would
you if you have your key? Usually found on the bottom or in the battery case
of a laptop, or on the tower of a desktop. Keep the box ticked for automatic
NOTE: Until you
validate your Windows System online with your Product Key, you may see
warnings in the notification area informing you that your Copy of Windows is
not Valid. Fear not; once you validate your Product Key that message will
disappear. Fakes don't warn you they are Fake!!
- How you handle this is up to you; the easiest way is
to just click the top choice- Recommended Settings unless you have real
cause not too.
- Here is the bonus screen you usually would not see
during the Windows installation...unless you are using a FIXED Windows 7
Recovery item with the included WIFI & Lan Drivers. Most PCs will
automatically install the drivers (if not, this can be done manually after
the installation by just clicking th Driver Program 3DP on the DVD/USB). If
there is a WIFI signal Windows will attempt to connect. If your using a hard
line connection for the internet go-ahead and plug in your Ethernet cable
now. Fill-in any of the pertinent information it asks for...or you can skip
this for now if you are not prepared.
- Select/click which network you wish to join. The most common
setting is the Home Network: If you want to use the Home Groups
feature in Windows 7 you'll need to select the Home network as opposed to
the Work network.
- That's Win7 installed and starting now.
- There should now be blue startup screens and finally
your desktop. Bravo! Job well done.
- Remember to eject your Windows Win7 DVD/USB
- Now, the first thing you need to do is to get your hardware
drivers so your PC operates properly with the newer softwares. Included on
the DVD/USB are Ethernet drivers to help you get online immediately
(assuming you have internet service), this has 99% of all Ethernet drivers
so that you can easily get online and then go to the company website of
whomever manufactured your PC (dell.com, hp.com, asus.com, etc....) and then
download the rest of your needed drivers usually for free.
cases the Drivers were installed automatically, if not they can be installed
manually as well.
Go here to get instructions how to utilize the included
all your drivers are installed it will be necessary and tedious...but you
now need to update your Windows. There will be many updates and it can take
up to 24 hours or more to download and install them all. I know it is
allot...but remember folks, Win7 is "technically" old f. Do hot turn off
your PC! If you have a battery...make sure your PC is plugged in. Updates
can be a pain sometimes. If you run into issues...Google may help.