One of the coolest things is that Vista drivers are all compatible with Windows 7. I remember how long it took some printers and wireless devices to come out with Vista drivers when I did XP upgrades. XP drivers for the most part are not compatible with Vista. Let’s go step by step. I am skipping the screen that asks you for the time and date and the password. I couldn’t take screen shots of the screen. I took pictures with a camera but the editor said, “No way!” to my decision to put the pictures in the book because the quality made the book look unprofessional. Of course when I looked at it printed on paper I agreed with her. I will assume that you have seen these screens previously and can figure them out.
- Insert the Windows 7 DVD.
ALERT: The DVD does have an auto run but on the Vista install it would not auto run for me on two different PC’s. I had to open the DVD drive in My Computer and double click setup.exe.
NOTE: If you are performing an upgrade, the Windows installation process will not delete the old version. It will rename the Windows Root folder.
- Click Install now on the Install Windows screen. If you by chance have an older computer without at least 1GB of RAM you can forget passing the “Check Compatibility Online” option. I checked it with my laptop that wasn’t compatible and it still passed it. One of the PC’s failed because of the video card and another failed because of deficient RAM. Figure 1 shows the initial install screen.
- Press “Install Now” and the computer will begin the installation. As shown in figure 2
- I chose the upgrade on this one as shown in figure 3.
NOTE: Most of the settings will come over from Vista at the end of the installation. But if you are the I.T. administrator of a domain, you will want to read the chapter on Domain Administration and Configuration.
- You will want to accept the license terms and click, “Next” as shown in figure 4.
ALERT: First it will copy the necessary files to the hard drive, reboot, and then start the configuration. It will be an automated process as shown in Figure 5. The PC may reboot as many as two more times before you are prompted for other options. On one installation I got a compatibility report. This is used to help you determine what may not work properly after the upgrade.
- It will prompt you for a Windows login, password, and password hint. Windows 7 will use the login name you gave as part of the default computer name which you can change before continuing. It will also give you a screen that allows you to set the time and date before you get your brand new desktop.
This lesson is a part of Installing Windows 7 chapter from 70-680 Configuring Windows 7 Prep course. More lessons in this chapter are
The Practice tests included in this course are: