November 11, 2009

Upgrade Windows 7

Upgrading to Windows 7

If you purchased an upgrade version of Windows 7 to replace your current version of Windows and you haven’t yet installed that upgrade, this is the place to be. To tell you the truth, you really don’t have to read this entire appendix to install your upgrade. You really just have to do this:

1. Insert the disc that came with your Windows 7 upgrade into your computer’s disc drive and wait a few seconds.

2. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to install Windows 7 by upgrading your current version of Windows.

When the installation is complete, remove the new disc from your disc drive, put it someplace safe, and ignore the rest of this appendix. If these two steps don’t quite get the job done, please read on.

There is one point that I need to stress. It’s important that you know that Windows 7 can upgrade only from Windows Vista and no versions of Windows before it. I have run the beta version of the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and, although the systems tested on were able to support Windows 7, I was required to perform a custom installation on Windows XP machines, which creates a new OS instance rather than an upgrade.

Windows 7 System Requirements 

Windows 7 has the same hardware requirements as Windows Vista, but requires a bit more hardware horsepower than versions of Windows prior to Vista. The more hardware capability you have, the better Windows 7 will run. The recommended minimum hardware requirements are as follows:

- 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit (x86) versions; 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit (x64) versions
- A 1.0 Gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- At least 16 GB free space available for 32-bit (x86) versions; 20 GB for 64-bit (x64) versions
- DirectX 9 capable GPU with WDDM 1.0 driver or higher (128 MBs of VRAM is required for the Aero theme)

Before upgrading your installation of Windows Vista, it would be a good idea to run the Windows Upgrade Advisor available at as a free download. The tool generates a report that will indicate any shortcomings of your system and what you need to do to upgrade your computer if necessary.

Pre-installation Housekeeping

If you’ve been using your PC for a while with an earlier version of Windows, you’ll want to do some things before you begin your upgrade:

- If your computer has any time-out features, such as the power-down features found on some portable PCs, disable those features now.
- If you have an antivirus program handy, run it now to check for, and delete, dormant viruses that may still be lurking on your hard drive.
- Disable your antivirus software after you’ve run the check. Leave it disabled until after you’ve completed the upgrade.
- Make sure that any external devices (printers, modems, external disk drives, and so on) are connected and turned on so that Windows 7 can detect them during installation.
- If at all possible, back up the entire hard drive at this point. At the very least, jot down all the information you need to connect to your Internet account. Back up all your documents, e-mail messages, names and addresses, and anything else you’ll need after you complete the upgrade.

I realize that few people outside the corporate world have a means of backing up their entire hard drive. But you should be able to at least back up documents, e-mail messages, names and addresses, and so forth. Windows 7 includes Windows Easy Transfer that fills that need.

Installing Windows 7

To upgrade an existing version of Windows Vista, start your computer normally. You’d do well to restart the computer and get to a clean desktop with no open program windows or dialog boxes. Then put the Windows 7 disc in your disc drive and wait for the Welcome screen to open. If nothing appears on the screen within a minute or so, follow these steps:

1. Open My Computer.

2. Open the icon for your disc drive. If the Welcome screen opens, skip the next step.

3. Click (or double-click) the setup (or setup.exe) file on the disc.

By now, you should definitely see on your screen some options for installing Windows 7. To get things rolling:

1. Choose the Install Now option.

2. When the Get Important Updates for Installation window appears, you’re able to go online to get the latest updates for your installation ofWindows 7. If you choose this option, your system
needs to stay connected throughout the installation.

Before clicking Install, you can use the Windows Easy Transfer, an application included with Windows 7, for copying your files and settings to a different computer. See Chapter 12 for more information on Easy Transfer.

The installation procedure will begin. You might notice that the screen goes blank once in a while
during the installation. Don’t be alarmed; that’s normal. If the screen goes blank for a long time, try moving the mouse around a bit to bring it back. From here on out, you can just follow the instructions on the screen.

Installation options

The exact procedure from this point on will vary a bit, depending on what version of Windows 7
you’re installing. Also, the specific hardware that’s connected to your computer will affect the information that the setup procedure requests. Each request is largely self-explanatory, but here’s a summary of the items you’re likely to encounter along the way.

- Regional, Currency, and Language Options: Choose your preferred location, currency, and
keyboard layout.

- Product Key: Type the product key. You should be able to find it on the sleeve in which the
Windows 7 disc was delivered.

- License Terms: If you agree with the terms and conditions of the license, select the I Accept
the License Terms check box.

- Upgrade or Custom Installation: If you decide that you want to do a fresh installation,
choose the Custom option. This will not keep your personal files and programs. The Upgrade
option will.

- Compatibility Report: The installation application will look at your existing configuration and
indicate whether it finds devices that are incompatible with Windows 7.

- Security Settings: These settings let you determine how you want to protect your system.

- Date and Time Settings: Set the date and current time, choose your time zone, and decide
whether you want Windows to automatically adjust the time for daylight savings changes.

Reenabling old startup programs

You may discover that some of the programs that used to start automatically on your computer don’t do so after you’ve installed Windows 7. You can follow these steps to get those programs to start automatically again in the future:

1. Click Start, type msconfig, and then press Enter. This runs the System Configuration tool, which does not have an icon in the Windows menu.

2. Click the Startup tab.

3. To enable all previous auto-start programs, click the Enable All button. Optionally, select only those programs you want to auto-start.

4. Click OK.

5. Click the Start button, click the arrow to the right of the Power button, and select Restart. Windows 7 should restart with the programs from your previous version of Windows open and running.

2 komentarze:

Windows 7 Fan on April 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM said...

I love the way you have arranged this information. The best part is how somebody can follow your installation guide on a cell phone browser when installation Windows 7. Well done.

Might I recommend using images in your post to help clarify what is going on?

Name on April 16, 2011 at 8:01 AM said...

when i have a free time, i add images:)

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