This is were "Part1" of the install officially starts.. You will now see the bar
pictured below at the bottom of the screen. It has no relevance to "Time" in
general. It moves fast sometimes, slow other times, If you insist on watching it
then don't be worried if it stays in any particular spot for long periods of
First your Licence agreement, read through it and if you agree click on "I
Accept the Licence agreement" box and then click "Next" to continue. If you do
not agree then the install halts.
Now click on "Go online to get the latest updates for installation
(recommended)", this will download the latest drivers and updates for your
system, saving a load of hassle in the near future.
Windows will now search online for the latest updates and begin the download
process, remaining connected throughout the process.
Now you will be asked were you wish Windows to Install, select the drive Vista
(Or earlier version of 7) resides, usually "C" drive, as in our selection, Click
on this drive (Disk Partition 2:ACER (C:) in our example), click next to
END OF PART 1
Windows will now begin copying files
Once done it will begin expanding the "Quite quickly copied files"
Expand a bit more....
Still expanding, so i took another screen shot....
At last the files are "Expanded", now for installing features, this bit was
Thankfully no updates down loaded, so on we move :)
A restart, wait 10 seconds or like me click "Restart" to reclaim these precious
The computer will restart and post again.
Now "Press any key" boot menu. Do not do this as it will only start the install
from the beginning again. Wait the 10 seconds that it appears on screen and
resist the temptation...
Windows 7 is now "Starting Windows".....
and now Windows sets up the Registry
Now another screen appears, setup is "Starting Windows 7's" services....
Setup now completes the installation....
and once again a "Restart" is needed....
Same as above, do not press a key as installation will begin again, requiring
you to reboot to get back to this screen.
"Windows is starting" again......
Setup now prepares the system for "First use"....
The first time I have needed to do anything in almost 45 minutes, Account and
computer name is required....
Fill these in and click next to continue....
Next the all important password setting screen, leave bank and click next to
continue without one, otherwise....
....fill in the password box, retype to confirm, and leave yourself a hint
incase it become forgotten. Click "Next to continue.
Now enter your product key as requested, then click "Next to continue", you also
select "Automatically activate Windows when I'm online", which will do what it
says, click on "Next" to continue, or if you wish not to enter your key now,
just click "Next".
Now the built in Windows protection modes. We would recommend the top option
"Use Recommended settings", this will enable updates to be downloaded and
installed, click on your selection too continue.
Now you must review your time and date settings
Change your time zone to your present location. If all is OK or once done then click on
"Next" to continue...
Now your Network configuration, if you want to setup the new "homegroup" network
system for easy to configure, password protected configuration, then use this
If you want a standard network setup then use "Work
Network", allowing you to browse and see other computers
that's public, that would be a risk to your files and security, select "Public
Windows 7 setup will now connect to your network , and setup required settings,
depending on your choice in the previous selection....
The "Homegroup" option in "Home networking" allows you to select what you want
to share, and also provides a password, for others to access. Note this password
down as its needed for others to get access to your network.
Users of Media center, Vista Premium (And above), and XBOX 360 will be familiar
with this type of setup.
You can of course skip this now and setup later, or make selections, note
password and press "Next" to continue.
Windows 7 will now finalize your settings
Personalised settings will install.
Windows desktop will update
and finally you are there. Windows 7 installed without hitch, any updates will
now install. Remember though on
next reboot you will be prompted for a password (If you setup one), so don't
forget it as I successfully managed to do...
If you are lucky you will have no drivers to install, but
chances are the next step will be to install them. Check out device manager
for unknown devices, likely items are Network Cards, Sound Cards, Printers,
Scanners, Graphics Cards, Digital Cameras, etc.
Also installing anti-virus software, spyware software and
possibly a 3rd party Firewall are a must for any computer.
Windows Update is very successful in finding many drivers,
so try running it for a few hours, and after a few boots you may find all
items installed and ready for use