The three basic types of clean installation procedures are as follows:
• Install on a brand new disk or computer system
• Erase the disk, format it, and install
• Install into a new directory for dual-booting (see the multiboot discussion later)
If you intend to use either of the first two methods, be sure your computer can boot from a DVD (most newer computers support booting from a DVD drive). Doing so might require changing the drive boot order in the BIOS or CMOS, but try it first as-is. With no floppy disk inserted and a clean hard disk, try the DVD drive next. The Windows 7 DVD is bootable and should run the Setup program automatically.
Installation takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the speed of your machine. Refer to the following sections if you have questions about any steps in this process.
Note: Windows 7 automatically applies the NTFS format to any disk partition upon which it is installed during a clean installation.
Typical Clean Setup Procedure
If you're installing into an empty partition and you can boot an operating system that is supported for the purpose of Setup (Windows Vista or XP), just boot up, insert the DVD and choose Install Now from the resulting dialog box. Then you can follow the installation step-by-step procedure.
If Windows doesn't detect the DVD automatically upon insertion, youmust run the Setup program, setup.exe, from the Start, Run dialog box(after opening the Run dialog box, type D:/setup.exe; on Vista use theStart menu Search box instead [using the corect letter for your DVDdrive if it isn't D]). The setup.exe application is located in theSources directory on the DVD. After the Setup routine starts, you canfollow the installation procedure step by step.
If your computer has a blank hard disk or your current OS isn't supported, this process changes. You must launch the installation process from the Windows 7 DVD (this works only if you can boot from the DVD drive). Setup automatically runs if you boot from the DVD.
Yet another setup method involves the network. To initiate a network installation, you must create a network share of the distribution DVDor a copy of the DVD on a hard drive. The destination system must havenetwork access, and the user account must have at least read access tothe installation files. Initiate Setup by executing setup.exe from the network share. For example, from the Start, Run command, or the Vista
Start menu Search box, type this path: \\
installation and automatically copies all files from the network share
to the local system before the first reboot.
Tip: All versions of Windows 7, 32- or 64-bit, are included
on the same DVD. The product key that you enter during setup determines which actual version of Windows 7 you end up with after the installation completes. Keep your Windows 7 DVD and product key in a safe location after you've performed your installation. It's useful for repairs of all kinds.
Clean Install from DVD, Step by Step
A typical clean installation (on a blank hard disk) step-by-step procedure is as follows:
1. Insert the Windows 7 DVD into your computer's DVD-ROM drive, and restart the computer. Windows 7 Setup should start automatically. If Setup does not start automatically, ensure that your computer is configured to boot from the DVD drive.
2. You are asked to select regional options for the Windows 7 installation. Make your selections and click Next to continue.
3. In the next dialog box, you are prompted to start the installation. Click Install Now to begin the installation. This produces a screen that tells you that Setup is starting.
4. In the Software License Terms dialog box, ensure that you read and understand the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA). When you're ready, select the I Accept the License Terms option and click Next to continue.
5. In the Which Type of Installation Do You Want? dialog box, shown in Figure 2.10, you can select only the Custom (Advanced) option because you're performing a new installation on a blank hard disk. Click Custom (Advanced) to continue.
6. In the Where Do You Want to Install Windows? dialog box, select the partition onto which you'll install Windows 7. When you're ready to proceed, click Next. If you need to provide a RAID or SCSI driver, now is the time to do it.
7. The Installing Windows dialog box appears and gives you an updated status of the upgrade process.
8. After some time, your computer restarts and the newly installed Windows 7 loads. Windows 7 resumes the installation process. Before the restart, a warning appears.
9. After the restart, you'll see a notification telling you that Windows 7 is preparing the new installation. Windows 7 moves back into a graphical display after a few minutes and tells you it's updating Registry settings and starting services, after which it lets you know it's completing the installation.
10. After completing the installation, Windows 7 asks you to provide a username and a computer name. After providing this information, click Next to continue.
Note: Always choose a computer name that is unique. It must differ from any other computer, workgroup, or domain names on the network. You'll probably want to enter your name or a name of your own choice, although Setup supplies a recommendation. You might want to coordinate naming your computer with your LAN administrator, if you have one.
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