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.
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.
Step 1: Switch on the computer, Insert the Windows 7 DVD in the DVD drive then switch the computer off.
Step 2: Switch on the computer, and from the boot menu, choose the DVD Drive.
Step 3: When you get the message, “Press any key to boot from CD/DVD” quickly press any key on the keyboard.
Step 4: Choose a preferred language and click NEXT.
Step 5: Click 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.
Step 7: Accept the license terms and click NEXT.
Step 8: Choose Custom(Advanced)
Step 9: Choose a partition and click NEXT
Step 10: Click OK to allow Windows to create an extra partition for system files.
Step 11: Click NEXT at the next window.
The process of copying and installing the required files then starts.
At this point, do not be tempted to “Boot from CD or DVD” again.
Step 12: Type a User name and click NEXT.
Step 13: 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.