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Windows 7 Installation

Installing an operating system such as Windows 7 onto your computer is not a particularly difficult or complex task. Windows 7 is straight forward and easy to install with an average installation time of only one or two hours on reasonably recent hardware.

There are many reasons why you may need to install or reinstall Windows 7 on your computer, perhaps your hard disk has failed or the operating system has become corrupt. Whatever your motivation there are a few things that we should make a little clearer before we proceed with your fresh install of Windows 7. The main thing we should like to make just a little clearer revolves around common terminology used regarding operating system installs. Often I hear speak of formatting their hard drive. Formatting a hard drive is a process where a hard disk is prepared for use, in the instance of a new hard drive which comes completely blank the process of formatting creates a basic file system and prepares the disk so that files may be transferred onto it. If you format a used hard drive all the data on the drive is effectively lost in the format process and it too becomes an empty disk waiting for data to be transferred onto it. When I hear of people speaking of formatting their hard drive I often wonder what they did next with it.

Once the drive has been formatted the next logical step is to use it. In the instance of a primary hard disk drive which the computer will start up from some sort of operating system must be installed, Linux, Unix, Mac OS or Microsoft Windows to name a few, or the computer will simply sit there complaining that it cant boot off any of the media available to it.

This tutorial will endevour to teach the reader how to format their hard disk drive and install Windows 7 onto their computer. The method shown here assumes that the disk will be formatted and a fresh copy of Windows 7 installed. You should back up any data on the hard disk as the method shown here will destroy all data on the disk and it will be lost. If you wish when you install Windows 7 you can skip the formatting process however this is not recommended, particulary if you are attempting to get rid of a virus. You need also be aware that when you install a new copy of Windows 7 onto your computer you will need to install all of the programs that you use and possibly device drivers for printers, video cards etc as well .

To install Windows 7 onto your computer you will need an installation disk from Microsoft that contains an installer program and all of the files that make up Windows 7. To install Windows 7 your computer must boot (start up) off the installation disk, the installer program will run and with a little input from you will copy the Windows 7 files from the disk to your computers hard disk and configure it so it will work. You will also need a product key that you should have received along with your Windows 7 installation disk when you bought it. It will be on a sticker on your computer or on the disks packaging itself and looks a little like BGT9F-PT78F-K8J8T-W88PF-8BT82. Finally you will also need the installation disks for all your programs (like Microsoft Office as an example) and any installation disks for your motherboard, video card, printers etc and these will contain the required drivers and software for these devices to work. Windows 7, like all recent versions of Windows, does have extensive library of drivers for common devices and it will attempt to install the drivers from this library or the internet if it can. Dont count on it being able to provide all the drivers you need.

Finally, if something goes wrong with the installation process, say for example you dont have a valid product key or your children have used your install disk as a coaster and it part of it is unreadable, your computer may be rendered quite useless until whatever issue is resolved. Do not attempt to install Windows 7 on your computer if you have other pressing uses for the machine such as work deadlines or an assignment thats due.