Installing Windows 7 is simple and everyone can manage it in no time by following our step-by-step guide. It usually takes anywhere from a few minutes, up to an hour, depending on your system. In this guide we will show you how to install Windows 7 step-by-step.
Before we begin:
There are a few things we need to ensure that you have ready before we begin the installation of Windows 7. Firstly, you must have already created your ‘installation media’ – this will either be a DVD or USB Drive which has the Windows 7 ISO burnt onto, ready for installation. If you have not yet created your installation media then please use the links below for instructions on creating the installation media and then return to this guide to proceed.:
- How to create a Windows 7 Installation DVD
- How to create a Windows 7 Installation USB
You should also ensure that you have a valid genuine Windows 7 licence in order to activate Windows 7 once we have finished the installation. Supplyr sell genuine Windows 7 licences on our website, with instant delivery. Please click here to buy a Windows 7 licence if you do not already have one (a licence purchase will include download links in order to also create your installation media).
BOOTING YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM FROM A DVD OR USB DRIVE. Insert either your DVD Installation Media or USB Installation Media into the computer. Restart your computer, if the installation does not run automatically, it is necessary in some cases to set up a booting priority in the BIOS (press the Delete, F2 or F12 button immediately after restarting the computer to enter your computers BIOS), using the BIOS settings page (Pic. 1) update the boot priority list so that your DVD or USB drive is at the top of the list (Pic. 1). The BIOS version is based on your motherboard and the booting priority is usually found under the Boot option. Change the booting priority and confirm the changes by clicking the Exit & Save changes.
STARTING THE INSTALLATION. If booting from your DVD or USB media was successful, the Windows 7 installation should run automatically after restarting the computer (see Pic. 2).
LANGUAGE SETTINGS. The Windows 7 installer will prompt you first to select your language settings. Choose a language, time format, currency and keyboard layout. (Pic. 3). This setting will carry on onto the next steps (Pic. 4), so all you need to do is click Next.
LICENCE ACCEPTANCE. You will now be displayed with a screen (Pic. 4), select INSTALL NOW.
Once you have selected ‘INSTALL NOW’ you will be shown the next screen (Pic. 5) where you need to accept the licence terms and conditions.
WHICH TYPE OF INSTALLATION. If you already have a previous version of Windows installed on your computer, the installation process will offer you a Windows 7 Upgrade option (Pic. 6). In this case, we recommend choosing the Custom option and perform a complete reinstall. Before doing so, it is important to back up all important files and documents because all data will be deleted. If you are installing Windows on a computer without an operating system, this option will not be available.
SELECTING YOUR HARD DRIVE FOR INSTALLATION.
If you are installing Windows 7 on a computer with a previous Windows version, an allocated drive will be created for the installation (Pic. 7). Click this drive and click on Drive options (advanced), then click on Remove. Once you remove disks, a Disk 0 Unallocated space will remain (Pic. 8). If you do not want to divide your disk into several drives, click Next.
Warning! If you have several disks or allocated spaces in your computer, from which one is reserved for system files and others are for your files and documents which you want to keep, remove only the one which is reserved for the system files and click Next.
WINDOWS 7 BEGINS INSTALLING. This step is the actual installation, which includes copying of the files, installation of the features and updates (Pic. 9). This step takes the most time but should not take longer than 20 minutes.
ONCE INSTALLED THE SYSTEM WILL RESTART ITSELF. When the installation files are copied and features and updates installed, the computer will restart automatically and the installation will be completed (Pic. 10).
USER/ACCOUNT SETTINGS. Once your computer has restarted you will choose your user name (which you will use for your Windows login. A computer name will be generated for you and can be changed according to your requirements. Clicking Next will take you to setting up your password (Pic. 11). Choose your password, retype the password in the second line and type a password hint, to help you remember your password in case you forget it.
ENTER YOUR PRODUCT KEY. You may or may not be displayed the next screen (Pic. 12). If you are you must either enter your Windows 7 Product Key (or select Skip if you plan to activate later on).
If you do not have a valid Windows 7 product key you can select the ‘Skip’ option to complete the installation and arrange activation later on. Supplyr have Windows 7 licences available to purchase by clicking here.
PROTECT AND UPDATE WINDOWS AUTOMATICALLY. This step lets you choose the protection and automatic update options (Pic. 13). We recommend using the Recommended settings.
TIME & DATE SETTINGS. In this step (Pic. 14) check if the time and date is correct and click Next.
CHOOSE A NETWORK. If you are connected to a network, the Choose a network type window will pop up (Pic. 15). Choose the network type and click Next.
INSTALLATION COMPLETE. The installation process is complete. Wait a few moments until your desktop is prepared and it will then be displayed on screen (Pic. 16).
You have now completed all the steps required to install Windows 7 and now have a complete fresh installation of Windows 7. There are a number of things you may now need to do, these include:
- Personalise your computer.
- Load your personal files from a backup Disc or USB drive.
- Install your personal software such as Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, Anti Virus software etc.
- Install Drivers
- Run Windows Update to ensure your operating system is up-to-date.
ACTIVATION. Your system must be activated within 30 days after installation. The activation can be performed over the internet or phone. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR WINDOWS 7 ACTIVATION GUIDE.