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How to Install Windows 7

Operating System Installation steps are not difficult steps. If you do not have any idea about “How to install windows 7”. Then this article will help you to learn all the necessary steps to install an Operating System on your computer.

Here I am listing some important checklist to install Operating system on your computer.

  1. Source drive from where you are going to install OS.(e.g., CD/DVD, Pen Drive, external had disk so on.)
  2. One working computer or laptop.
  3. Check system requirements to install Windows OS.
  4. Determine the Disk partitioning option.

Minimum recommended specs for Windows 7

  1. 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  2. Minimum 1 GB of system memory (RAM)
  3. 16 GB of available disk space
  4. Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable the Aero theme)
  5. Internet access (to activate and get updates)

Step by step procedure to Install Windows 7

First of all, you need to decide whether to install the 32-bits or 64-bits version of Windows 7.

I suggest you install the 64-bits version of Windows OS which can handles large amounts of data more effectively than a 32-bit system.

But remember one important thing, you can’t install 64 bits OS on all computers. It totally depends on the processor architecture. If your processor architecture is 64 bits then, you can install both 64 bits and 32 bits OS. And if your processor architecture is 32 bits then, you can install only 32 bits OS.

Different types of installation

You can use two different types of OS installation method.

  1. Upgrade (In-place upgrade) – This option replaces your current version of Windows with Windows 7, and keeps your files, settings, and programs in place on your computer.
  2. Custom (“fresh” installation) – This option replaces your current version of Windows with Windows 7, but doesn’t preserve your files, settings, and programs. It’s sometimes referred to as a clean installation for that reason.

As always, a fresh installation is much better and is recommended to take that track. Even if you’ve got an existing Windows XP/Vista OS on your computer, it is recommended that you format it and install a fresh copy of the OS.

Step1: Open your computer’s BIOS Menu.

  • To open BIOS utility you need to turn on your computer. And if your computer is running then restart your computer.
  • You need to press the specific key or keys combination to enter the system BIOS. If you find it difficult to open the bios menu, then check “How to open BIOS utility?

Step2: Find your BIOS’s boot options menu.

  • It is different from computer to computer. Find the boot options menu on your BIOS utility.

Step3: Select the CD-ROM drive as the first boot device of your computer.

  • Here I consider CD-DVD drive our source drive. From the boot options menu, you need to change the boot priority order. Inside the boot menu, you can find a list of devices from where you can install OS.
  • You should set your CD-DVD ROM as the first boot device before proceeding to the next steps.

Step4: Insert the Windows 7 disc into your disc drive.

  • You need to place your Operating System installation CD or DVD into the CD-DVD drive.
  • Close the CD-DVD drive tray.

Step5: Save the changes in the settings.

  • Press the proper key from the keyboard to save your configuration from the BIOS menu. You can find the key on your monitor screen.

Step6: Press a key when you are asked to “press any key to boot from CD or DVD..”

  • Here you need to press any key on the keyboard to begin the Windows installation. Remember one important thing you need to press a key while the text “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..” appears on the screen.

Step7: Choose your Windows Setup options.

Once Windows Setup loads, you’ll be presented with a window.

  • 1st select your preferred language,
  • 2nd select keyboard input method, and time/currency format
  • Click Next.

Step8: Click the Install Now button.

Step9: Accept the License Terms.

  • You need to read over the Microsoft Software License Terms.
  • Check I accept the license terms.
  • And click Next.

Step10: Select the Custom installation.

Step11: Decide on which hard drive’s partition you want to install Windows OS.

A hard drive is a secondary memory of your computer that stores data. A partitions “divide” hard drives into separate parts.

If the hard drive have data on it. Then,

  • Select the hard drive partition from the list of hard drives.
  • Click Drive options (advanced).
  • Click Format from Drive options.

If your computer doesn’t have any partitions yet, create one to install Windows on it.

  • Select the hard drive from the list of hard drives.
  • Click Drive options (advanced).
  • Select New from Drive options.
  • Select the size, and click OK.

You can check to know step by step process of hard drive partition.

Step12: Install Windows on your preferred hard drive and partition.

  • Once you’ve decided on where to install Windows, select it and click Next. Windows will begin the installation process of the OS files to its partition.
  • One important thing to remember that is during the installation of OS, your computer may restart several times. Don’t press any key if it is asked to do on the screen. Let it be.

Your computer may restart several times, during the OS installation process. Let it be.

Step13: Choose a user name and computer name.

  • Type user name. The user account you create here is the Administrator account. This is the main account for your Windows 7 that has all the privileges.
  • Click next to continue.

Step14: Choose your password and password hint just in case you forget your password.

Step15: You can now type the product key that came with Windows 7 and click next.

  • You can proceed to the next stage without entering the product key. In this case, your windows 7 will run in trial mode for 30 days. So you must activate your windows by using your product key.

Step16: Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically.

  • Choose Use recommended settings.

Step17: Review your time and date settings

  • Select your time zone.
  • If you notice an incorrect date and time then, correct the date and time.
  • And click next to continue.

Step18: Windows will now finalize the settings for your computer and restart.

  • Let it be. Don’t press any key.

Step19: After the final restart Windows 7 will start to boot up.

Important Note: Microsoft ended the support for the “Windows 7 Operating system” on 14th January 2020. Hence you will not able to get any technical support for any issue, any security update, and software update. So, I suggest you, upgrade your windows operating system to the new “Windows 10“.


Installing windows 7 is not that difficult. The installation is more streamlined and user-friendly compared to Windows XP.

I hope you have learned to install Windows 7 OS using different booting devices as well as about different types of partition.