How to Install Windows 7, Step by Step

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The ICT Teachers’ Association of Uganda is in an effort to help teachers reduce their dependence on technicians for common computer lab problems. That is why I write articles on this page that tackle common problems encountered in school computer labs. My recent article on how to install Windows XP was well received by members and so I was asked to quickly follow it up with one that described the steps in installing other versions.

The writer, Dumba Stephen in the computer lab of Trinity College Nabbingo after installing Windows 7.
The writer, Dumba Stephen after installing Windows 7 in the computer lab of Trinity College Nabbingo.

In this particular article, I will take you through the steps of Installing Windows 7. All you need for this article is a Windows 7 DVD and a PC with a functional DVD drive. If you don’t have a DVD but have a flash drive, you can read my article on how to make a bootable flash drive.

Read also: How to make a bootable flash disk with multiple Operating Systems

Step 1:           Switch on the computer, Insert the Windows 7 DVD in the DVD drive then switch the computer off.

Insert a Windows 7 DVD in the DVD drive

Step 2:           Switch on the computer, and from the boot menu, choose the DVD Drive.

Choose the DVD from the boot menu

Step 3:           When you get the message, “Press any key to boot from CD/DVD” quickly press any key on the keyboard.

Press any key to boot from or DVD

Step 4:           Choose a preferred language and click NEXT.

Choose language

Step 5:           Click Install Now.

Install Now

Step 6:           Choose a variant and click NEXT. Note that x86 variants support up to 4GB of RAM. X64 variants can read more than 4GB of RAM.

Choose a variant

Step 7:           Accept the license terms and click NEXT.

Accept license terms

Step 8:           Choose Custom(Advanced)

Choose custom (Advanced)

Step 9:           Choose a partition and click NEXT

Choose a partition

Step 10:         Click OK to allow Windows to create an extra partition for system files.

Partititon for system files

Step 11:         Click NEXT at the next window.

Click Next at the next window

The process of copying and installing the required files then starts.

Copying files
Setup will continue after restarting

At this point, do not be tempted to “Boot from CD or DVD” again.

Setup is preparing your computer for first use

Step 12:         Type a User name and click NEXT.

Type a User name and click NEXT.

Step 13:         Click Ask me later

Click Ask me later

Step 14:         Choose your time zone and click NEXT.

Finally, you get  massage “Windows is finalising settings” and voila!, your computer is ready.

Stephen Dumba
E-zone School of Computing
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