In total, there can only be up to four primary partitions on any physical disk. Windows 7, by itself, creates and uses at least two primary partitions. If we created another partition in the free space, it would too, become a primary partition. Some quick math, this means that if we want to have more than two Windows 7 installations side by side, we don't have enough partitions available.
Recommendation Use a third-party partitioning tool to create a partition layout beforehand. This will allow you to place Windows 7 files on a logical partition, saving yourself the precious commodity of wasting primary partitions on what is essentially non-system data. We will see this example in a separate tutorial.
If you're using ONLY Windows 7 to create a partition layout on your system, then you should just create a partition with a sufficient size to hold the Windows 7 data files and nothing else. The system partition will be added. Leave the handling of any unpartitioned, free space after the installation.
Begin installation If you're comfortable with your setup, highlight the created partition and click Next. Windows 7 will be installed to this partition. Depending on your hardware, this can take some time. My testing shows approx. During the installation, your computer may restart several times.
Let it be. User settings Eventually, you will be asked to provide your username and a computer name. You will also have to password-protect your account. This is most advisable. Activation The next step is to activate your Windows. Grab your key and type it here. Updates You will be asked to configure your updates. You can choose either setting you like. However, I recommend you configure this choice later, after Windows 7 is installed and running properly. We will discuss this separately in the Windows 7 security tutorial.
Therefore, I will choose Ask me later, but you may want to go for either the first or the second option, as you see fit.
Time zone Configure your time zone: Location Your location will determine the firewall settings for your newly installed Windows 7.
You have three choices: Home and work networks are supposed to be trusted, so you should not experience any problems adding other machines to your group or sharing data with them. However, the public network is meant to be untrusted. So if you have installed Windows 7 in, let's say, Internet cafe, then you should choose the third option. Congratulations, you have just successfully installed Windows 7.
Click "Unmount" button. The "Unmount image" dialog will popup. Make sure the unmount path is "C: Click "Unmount" to unmount the image. You should get the message below after the operation completed successfully. You might receive the error message below when unmounting the image, The directory could not be completely unmounted.
This is usually due to applications that still have files opened within the mount directory. Close these files and unmount again to complete the unmount process. In such case, please close all programs which might open the files in mounted directory, especially close all Explorer Windows, and then try unmounting the image again. Step 7 - Patch drivers to install. Determine whether there is a Windows. On the View menu, click Details.
Important If the Windows. You must backup and restore or transfer your files to the previous operating system. Right-click the Windows. Windows 7 will determine the size of the folder after several seconds. Determine whether the Windows. Note If the Windows. Step 2:
A Windows 7 clean install is usually the best way to install, or reinstall, The steps and screenshots shown in these steps refer specifically to Windows 7. Windows 7 Installation Step by Step. Page 1 of 8. In order to install your copy of the Windows 7 operating system please make sure to have the following items. Sep 29, - This is an important step as you need to select the drive where you would like to install Windows 7. Note that selecting a wrong partition will.
Performing a New Installation of Windows 7 The three basic types of clean installation procedures are as follows: With no floppy disk inserted and a clean hard disk, try the DVD drive next. Installation takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the speed of your machine. Refer to the following sections if you have questions about any steps in this process. Windows 7 automatically applies the NTFS format to any disk partition upon which it is installed during a clean installation. Typical Clean Setup Procedure If you're installing into an empty partition and you can boot an operating system that is supported for the purpose of Setup Windows Vista or XP , just boot up, insert the DVD and choose Install Now from the resulting dialog box.