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Installing Windows 7
http://anthonyblando.com Installing Microsoft Windows 7 RC First of all the why would you want to do this? There are a couple reasons. 1.Hardware and software are becoming more sophisticated so in order to stay in front of the curve you should know what technologies are available. 2.Increase productivity - people often forget that increasing production is the main reason that they invest in technology to begin with. 3.Its Free for 13 months. (I like free). 4.Vista is an abomination. Well maybe it's not that bad but certainly 7 is a lot faster and a lot better. 5.You can always go back to XP or Vista if it does not work for you. Very little risk. Check if it will run on your system A PC for testing with these system requirements o1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor o1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit) o16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit) oDirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Not a bad idea to run this on your current system http //www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1b544e90-7659-4bd9-9e51-2497c146af15 Here's what you'll need 1. DVD burner 2.Blank DVD 3.ISO burning software. http //download.cnet.com/UltraISO-Premium/3000-2646 4-10177302.html 4.Partitioning software you do not need to partition. (http://www.partition-tool.com/ ) And in fact I set off for partitions in this demonstration but you can get away with one or none 5.Microsoft Windows live account 6.Download of Windows 7 RC 7. External hard drive for backup, or something comparable. Step one Get everything backed up. This is a great time to take inventory of your software and program files to make sure in the case of an emergency that you'll be able to recover your data quickly. As part of a best practice I put all of my data files on one separate hard drive and in addition I use Carbonite Backup (http://www.carbonite.com/) along with Amazon S3 (http://aws.amazon.com/s3/). You may think this is overkill but you Always want to have more than one shot at your data. Do not just depend on one source for backup. Step two Partition your hard drive. Free software from ESEUS http //www.partition-tool.com/ I set up for partitions one partition runs the XP operating system the second partition runs Microsoft's seven operating system the third partition is an image of Microsoft 7 and a fourth partition is for all of my data files. You do not have to do it this way but this way allows you to flip back and forth from XP to Windows 7. And having an image of this if there is any corruption you can upload that very quickly. Step three Download Microsoft seven. http //www.microsoft.com/Windows/Windows-7/download.aspx You will need a Live account for this. http //home.live.com/ If you do not have a live account they are free. Step four Create a boot disk. You will burn the ISO file to a DVD that will be bootable. http //download.cnet.com/UltraISO-Premium/3000-2646 4-10177302.html Step five Pop bootable DVD into your DVD drive and install Windows 7 to one of the four partitions that you made on your hard drive. You do need to have approximately 16 GB of space available. Step six Reinstall all of your programs. The general rule of thumb is if your software works on Vista then it should work on 7. I have found this to be true. Step Seven Enjoy 7. And make sure to run all of the updates. Note does anybody know why it's called Microsoft 7; was one of the programmers watching an old episode of Seinfeld From Microsoft website IMPORTANT The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you'll need to rebuild your test machine using a valid version of Windows before the software expires. You'll need to rebuild your test PC to replace the OS and reinstall all your programs and data.