In order to install Windows 7 on your computer you must first check that it complies with the minimum requirements required by Microsoft to ensure that the operating system can run smoothly on the PC. You can find them indicated below.
- Processor – A 32 bit (x86) oppure a 64 bit (x64) da 1 GHz o superiore
- RAM – 1 GB (32 bit) oppure 2 GB (64 bit)
- Available disk space – 16 GB (32 bit) oppure 20 GB (64 bit)
- Graphic device - DirectX 9 with WDDM 1.0 driver or later
For more details and to know the additional requirements for the use of some features offered by Windows 7, consult the appropriate information Web page attached to the Microsoft website and which you can access by clicking here.
Before we get down to business and install Windows 7, there are some important preliminary steps you need to take.
One of the first things you need to do is definitely to get yourself one license for Windows 7: without that, in fact, you will not be able to activate the operating system and take advantage of all its functions.
Also considering that Microsoft no longer officially sells licenses for this version of Windows, I recommend that you turn to a third-party site, and more specifically to Mr Key Shop that allows buy 100% original licenses for Windows, Office and antivirus at much cheaper prices than the official ones. How is this possible? I'll explain it to you immediately.
Mr Key Shop is a site managed by a company with offices in the city and England that purchases unused licenses from companies that have switched to the cloud or subscription services (in full compliance with European regulations on the subject) and then resells them, with delivery directly away email (therefore in a few minutes and also avoiding the environmental impact of physical shipments).
Payments can be made with various secure payment methods (eg PayPal, card or Amazon Pay) and all purchases are covered by the garanzia soddisfatti or rimborsati. Furthermore, for any doubts, an excellent service is available free cittàn assistance.
As for the purchase process itself, it is very simple: once you have visited the Mr Key Shop page dedicated to Windows 7 Home & Premium, Windows 7 Professional o Windows Ultimate 7 (all editions are available in both 32 and 64 bit), all you have to do is add the product to the cartby pressing the appropriate button. If you want, a license is also available to upgrade to Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft's operating system.
Once this is done, choose if continue shopping (I suggest you take a look at the licenses for the Office package and those for the antivirus) or if you go directly to cash, where you can complete the transaction such as guest or by registering a account.
Before installing Windows 7, I suggest you make sure that there are gods available driver compatible for all components of your computer.
To do this, you can download one of the software suggested in my driver programs article.
Before seeing in detail how to install Windows 7, I also invite you to make a backup of all the most important data on the PC in order to be able to access it again once the installation procedure of the OS is completed. To do this, save all your data that you consider most important on an external hard drive, a USB stick or DVDs, your most important data (documents, photos, music, films, etc.).
If you don't know how to back up your data, take a look at my guide on how to back up your data to immediately clear your mind on what to do.
Once you have performed the preliminary operations that I indicated in the previous lines, you can finally move on to the actual action. If you are in possession of the Installation DVD Windows 7, insert it into your computer and restart your system.
If you don't have the Windows 7 installation disk but are still interested in installing the new operating system on your PC in this way, read my guide on how to buy Windows 7 to find out how to find it.
If, on the other hand, you do not have the operating system installation disk and do not intend to purchase it and if your computer does not have an optical drive, you can create a bootable USB stick. To do this, first get one pendrive of sufficient capacity, personally I suggest you find one with at least 4 GB of free space. Also make sure that the key to be used is empty or that in any case there are no important files on it because in order to use it you will need to format it.
In addition to a key with sufficient capacity, you need theISO image the version of the operating system. If you don't know where to find the Windows 7 ISO image, I suggest you look for it on sites that allow legal download (to be able to install it you will then need to use your license code). Alternatively, you can create it yourself starting from a computer equipped with a DVD player as I explained to you in my guide on how to extract ISO files from DVDs and CDs.
Once you have found everything you need, click here to link to the software web page Windows USB/DVD Download tool, a free program from Microsoft that is used to create a USB stick for installing Windows 7. After viewing the software page, press the button download for free to start the download procedure on your computer.
Once the download is complete, open the installation package Windows7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool-Installer-en-US.exe click her cousin Run, Then Next, then on install and finally on Finish.
Proceed now by double clicking on the Windows 7 USB / DVD Download tool icon that has been added to the desktop or search for the program by accessing the section where all the programs and applications of the visible menu are grouped by pressing the button Home of Windows.
Then click on the button KATEGORIEN which is located in its main screen to select the Windows ISO image to use to create USB bootable Windows 7. Continue by clicking first on Next, Then USB Device and finally on Start Copying in order to start copying the files from the ISO image to the USB stick. Then wait for the green progress bar in the program window to reach the 100%.
To take advantage of the newly created key on your computer, simply leave it connected to it and restart your PC.
Install Windows 7
Regardless of the media chosen to install Windows 7, when the machine restarts, wait for the message on the screen indicating the fact that you have to press a key to start the procedure, then press any key on your PC keyboard and wait a few moments for the first system installation screen to appear.
Now you have to set the language of the operating system: make sure that all the drop-down menus in it are set to cityno and click on the button first NEXT and then Install I will continue.
In the screen that appears, you have to choose the installation method for Windows 7: click on custom to start a fresh installation (the Updating it is needed if you have installed a proceeding version of Windows or a different edition of Windows 7 and you want to perform an update without formatting the hard disk).
At this point, select the partition where you want to install Windows 7 (eg. Disc 0 Partition 1) and click on first Drive options (bottom right) and then up Format e OK to format the drive to copy the operating system to. Then click on NEXT to start installing Windows 7 on your PC.
After copying the Windows files to your PC, the system will reboot. When the message appears on the screen indicate the fact that you must press a key, do not press any button but wait for the completion of the installation of Windows 7 to start automatically. At the end of the procedure, the PC will be restarted once again.
In the window that opens, type the username you want to use to log into the operating system and click on NEXT. Therefore specify the password to be associated with the account, type a phrase to use as a suggestion to remember it and click on NEXT I will continue.
If you haven't done so before, type your Windows serial key in the appropriate text fields and click NEXT to activate your copy of the system (you must be connected to the Internet). Then click on first Use recommended settings to enable all Windows 7 default security systems and then on NEXT e Home network to set the time and network.
Tadà! The installation is finished and your Windows 7 is ready to use. All you have to do is install any missing drivers, your favorite programs, and then you can start working freely with your brand new operating system. Happy?
In case of problems
Regardless of whether you have chosen to install Windows 7 from floppy disk or via the key, after restarting the system, if the installation procedure of the OS does not start you will have to configure the BIOS or l 'UEFI (depends on the type of operating system in use previously installed on your computer) correctly to be able to boot from USB devices.
To find out how, I suggest you read my guide on how to enter the BIOS and then take care to change the boot order of the computer.
Article created in collaboration with Mr Key Shop.How to install Windows 7