When installing on a physical computer insert in to your windows 7 DVD or Flash Drive media into your DVD Drive or USB port and reboot your computer. If you are asked to press a key to boot from DVD or CD, press any key. A black a black window will appear entirely while the DVD content is read.
NOTE 1: In some other systems you may be required to enter Function Keys Like (F12, F9, F11) etc.
Start installation process
NOTE 2: These Screenshots are taken from a windows 7 Ultimate Installation performed on a virtual running on VMware Workstation. I will be using an .ISO file mounted on the VMs CD/DVD drive.
NEXT, a starting windows Screen will appear.
Starting Windows Installation process 2
NOTE 3: If the windows installation page doesn’t appear and you are not asked to pres a key to start from DVD, CD or Flash drive, you might have to specify that your computer uses it’s DVD, CD, or Flash drive as the start up device.
The Installation Process
Like windows vista, windows server 2008 unlike the precious versions of windows, windows 7 does not have a noticeable text phase of the setup process, and it will boot directly into the Graphical User Interface (GUI) mode.
After a few moments you will see the first prompt:
Click “Next”) Unless you want to change some regional settings for the installation process.
Click on the install button
Next, accept the license terms and click on “Next”.
Next, unless you’re upgrading an existing windows installation press the Custom (Advanced) installation type button. Note that this case, the Upgraded button is disabled because the specific installation if performed on a new computer without any previous operating system in it.
The next phase is to pick the installation partition. Since this computer has a new hard disk that hasn’t been before, you will only have the option to create a new partition on it.
If you don’t want to specify a specific partition to install windows, or create partitions on your hard disk, click Next to begin the Installation. if you already have another existing partition with enough free space and want to install the windows 7 on that partition to create a multi-boot configuration, select the partition you want to use and then click to begin the installation. If you want to create, extend, delete, format a partition, click Drive options (advanced) click the option you want, and then follow the instructions.
Since I don’t need to perform any additional task i will just click “Next” button.
The installation process will then create a partition on all the available disk space, and format it.
The setup process will now begin to copy files from the installation DVD, CD, or Flash drive media into the hard disk.
This process could take a while, depending on the type of hardware your computer uses. The computer will reboot and the next you will see the prompt to set the user and computer’s name. By defaultt the computer’s name will be username-PC, where the username is the username you’ve entered. “Click on Next”.
Enter the user’s password if needed. Remember this password as it will be the Only user in the system and unless you create an additional user or enable the built in administrator account. If you forget this password you will need to crack it to gain access to the system. The best option would be to choose a complex password made of at least 7 characters or more (something like Pssw0rd or MYpa$$w0rd). you must also enter a password hint.
Click on “Next”.
Next, type in your product key. If you do not have the product key at hand you can still click “Next” and proceed with the installation. NB “you will be asked to enter the product key when the windows is installed”.
Choose what sort of protection your computer gets. The recommended settings are the best for someone that doesn’t plan to hide their computer behind corporate firewall (and even, then in cases, this would be the best option). If you plan to install a 3rd party firewall later you can opt to be promoted later. Note that this setting will also have effect on how computer uses the Microsoft Windows Update (Automatic Update features)
Choose your time zone and location and click on “Next”.
Select your network location type. This setting can be changed later when needed, but note that choosing profile will have effect on the windows firewall and sharing settings. Click on “Next”.
Windows will finalize the settings and your desktop will appear.
This concludes the windows 7 Installation