Installing Windows 7
by Bill Aulepp
Member - Phoenix PC Users Group
This month is dedicated to websites concerning
Windows 7 and its launch
to the general public on October 22nd.
FYI, Windows 7 Release Candidate,
which some of us have been using,
will be good until March 1, 2010,
and then it will phase itself out
during the next several months or so.
The minimum requirements for Windows 7:
| 1 GHz
| 1 Gig
| (32 bit)
At first I had planned to write a column
to assist in the changeover, but the subject
is too diverse. Instead I have listed categories
and the websites that provide pertinent information in detail.
How to do a clean installation
with Windows 7
on the Seven Forums web page:
How to do a clean install with an Upgrade version
How to use the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
How to do an Upgrade installation
How to set up Windows 7 to boot from a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD)
How to create a VHD to start from boot
How to do a Repair install to fix Windows 7
How to activate Windows 7 online
How to extend the activation trial period up to 120 days
How to change the default operating system
to start in Windows 7
How to change the amount of time
to display the list of operating systems
How to delete a listed operating system at boot in
How to create a Windows 7 installation USB key
How to create a new partition
or volume in Windows 7
How to fix a missing Vista hard disk partition letter
in Windows 7
How to do a dual boot installation
with Windows 7 and Vista
How to do a dual boot installation with
Windows 7 and XP
How to Install Windows 7 fast
without a DVD or USB device
How to install Windows 7
without using any external device
How to do a custom installation of
Upgrade from XP using PCmover
Using PCmover is the easy way
to move from XP to Windows 7
but it is not free.
We do get discounts, though.
Microsoft is officially not supporting
upgrades from Windows XP to Windows 7,
which means they want you
to do a clean install.
If you're like the average
you have files stored all over the place,
and might be worried
about missing something
if you wipe your hard drive
and install Windows 7.
There is a solution,
but it will require one additional
software application: PCmover.
This software application is designed
to help you move files,
applications, and settings
from an old computer
to a new one,
but it also works if you want
to upgrade and make sure
things stay intact.
Once you download and install
the software, the upgrade
process is fairly straightforward.
Simply follow these steps:
on the Windows XP
computer to be upgraded
and select the upgrade option
Install Windows 7,
selecting the "do not reformat" option
Once the Windows 7 installation completes,
install and run PCmover,
which will automatically
restore all applications, files, and settings
Discount on PCmover
The list price on PCmover is $29.95
You can get $15.00 off
with coupon code S6ch2
when you order PCmover or,
for the Download version,
the Windows 7 "pre-release" pricing
is $14.95 until October 22
Windows Virtual PC provides the capability to run
multiple Windows environments
such as Windows XP mode
from your Windows 7 desktop
Note: Not all computers
can handle Virtual PC
Windows Easy Transfer
This method is more difficult but it is free
With Windows Easy Transfer,
files are transferred
using a network,
a USB flash drive (UFD),
or the Easy Transfer cable
Note, if you opt to use a cable
to transfer the files and settings,
a special Easy Transfer cable
must be purchased;
a regular USB cable does not work
Windows Easy Transfer
can move only data
and program settings.
You must then install your
on the new computer.
Windows Easy Transfer also
does not transfer any
system files such as
fonts and drivers.
To do this, you must install
custom fonts and updated drivers
again in Windows 7.
To upgrade Vista to Windows 7
use the Windows Upgrade Advisor
to determine if there are any problems.
If there are no problems,
or they have been eliminated,
the transition should be pretty smooth,
although you may first need
to update your Windows Vista
system to the latest service pack.
Windows 7 Complete Guide
Finally, Microsoft has just put out
a Windows 7 Complete Guide
Win-7 Pocket Guide
AND Microsoft has also put out a Windows 7 Pocket Guide
David Yamamoto Additions
David Yamamoto has kindly added
the following Win-7 websites
Paul Thurrott's Super Site
Difference between 'Easy' and 'Simple'
Why this is a Problem for Windows 7
A great Google article,
the difference between 'easy' and 'simple',
and why this is a problem for Windows 7.