Steps For A Clean Install of Windows 7

One of the best things I have found to do to help insure a trouble-free computing experience is to start off with what is called a clean install. Normally when you purchase a new computer, the operating system (Microsoft Windows 7, in this case) is already installed and ready for you. Your new computer requires drivers and perhaps some utility software to make the internal devices that are unique to that brand and model of computer operate. Unfortunately, it also comes with a lot of stuff you do not need or want installed.

Clean Install

  1. Back up anything you need from your hard drive, as it will all be erased.
  2. Be sure you have the Windows License Key handy, this may be on a sticker on your computer.
  3. Insert the DVD in the drive and restart the computer.
  4. Watch for a text screen that says to press a key to go to enter set-up. You have to press this key quickly, while the text is displayed. If you see which key, (usually F2 or Del), but don’t get it pressed quickly enough, you can restart and try again. If the computer starts the Windows set-up process without showing you a set-up text screen, that is OK too. If the computer starts Windows normally, without giving you the setup option, then you will have to set your bios to start from the CD/DVD drive.
  5. After the set-up files finish loading, you will see a screen asking for your language, time and keyboard format. Answer these questions in the logical way.
  6. Click “Install Now”
  7. Accept the license terms and click “Next”
  8. Choose “Custom (Advanced) as the install type
  9. The next screen asks which partition to install Windows on. Generally you will choose the one that does not say “system Reserved”. Highlight the drive you wish to install on and click on “delete”.
  10. The next page asks you to confirm, just click “OK”.
  11. You may want to delete any other partitions that are on your hard drive also, but if one of them is a restore partition, keeping it may give you a way of putting your computer back to like new state, should your clean install go badly.
  12. On the next page you will tell the Windows installer to install on the largest (perhaps only) piece of unallocated space, and then click “Next”.
  13. After quite a wait and a few automatic restarts, you will be prompted to enter your name and a name for your computer. Don’t leave the default computer name, as it will show up again, name it something simple that make sense to you.
  14. Choose a password.
  15. Enter the Windows 7 product key.
  16. Choose automatic upgrade settings, the recommended settings are advisable.
  17. Enter the correct time zone, date and time.
  18. Select the type of network according to where you are while doing this install.
  19. If you have other computers running Windows 7, it may ask you about setting up a home network. Discussion of Windows 7 Home Networks is reserved for another article, and this is the last step in the process.{jcomments on}