This installation guide will help you through the process of performing a Custom/Clean installation of Windows 7. Before you install Windows 7 you should make sure you have done the following things:
* Have your product key to hand – You can find your Windows 7 product key either on your computer or in the packaging of the Windows 7 disc. You can also purchase Windows 7 via the Internet so your product key may arrive via email. Either way, your product key will look something like this?PRODUCT KEY: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
* Back up your files – You can back up your files by various means, the most common are to external hard drive, CD or DVD, or if you have access to a network, then a network share.
When installing Windows 7, you have two options to choose from:
* Upgrade – This option replaces your current version of Windows and allows you to keep your files, settings and programs you currently have installed on your PC prior to the upgrade.
* Custom – This option replaces your current version of Windows but does not allow you to keep your current files, setting and programs. This option is also referred to as a clean install.
Windows 7 uses the same installation wizard that came with Vista, making it much easier to install then previous versions. With less emphasis on configuration (only the core settings are required), the process is much quicker than previous versions too.
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