Windows 7 Installation

While most of the Windows users are familiar with the Windows installation, there is one part of the user who really doesn’t know how to install Windows Vista/7 on their system as they have been using preloaded Windows on their PCs.


So I thought of writing a simple guide to cover Windows 7 installation procedure. Before we get into the innards of the installation you need to read below articles to make yourself familiar with Windows 7.

* Top 10 things to remember before installing Windows 7

* Installing Windows 7 using Virtual PC

* Installing Windows 7 using USB drive

Here, I assume that you have bootable Windows 7 DVD or USB and you have already kept a partition (Minimum 16GB) to install Windows 7. I assume that you have made necessary changes to the BIOS so that you can boot from DVD/USB.

1. Boot your PC using Windows 7 DVD/USB drive and press any key if you see “Press any key to continue message”

2. Next select your language, keyboard type (Generally US) and time format.


3. Click Install button.


4. Click the box labeled “I agree with the license terms” and click Next to proceed further.

Accept license

5. In the next screen click on Custom (advanced) option. I hope you are not upgrading here. If you are doing an upgrade then just click on the Upgrade option.

Upgrade or custom

6. This is the important step as you need to select the drive which you have already prepared for the Windows 7 installation. Note that selecting a wrong partition will wipe out the data. Also note that Windows 7 creates another small partition of 200 MB if you are installing Windows 7 on an empty hard drive. Don’t worry as the 200MB partition will not be shown in explorer.

select drive

7. You can also format the selected partition by opening drive option and then choosing Format option.

8. Click on Next button to start Windows 7 installation. Windows may restart many times during the installation and you need not to worry about that.

Installing windows

completing installation

9. After completing the installation Windows will give you the below screen to enter your username and password.


10. In the next step you will be asked to enter the Product Key. Enter the key that you have got and click Next button.

product key

11. Here you need to select the Windows 7 update option. Click “Use recommended settings”.

9. Select Time Zone, date and time and click Next.

10. In the next screen, you need to select the type of network. That is, choose between Home network, Work network and Public network.


11. Finally Windows will ask you to create a group depending on the type of Network you have chosen. If you are not sure, just skip as you can do it later as well.


12. You will see Windows 7 desktop. That is, you have successfully installed Windows 7 on your PC.

13.Don’t forget to read “10 things to do soon after installing Windows 7” to make your Windows 7 secure.

14. Good luck!



  1. ameer says

    i am having same problem here after installing updates my netbook is retstarting itself thn back to windows 7 initial install.

  2. Sayan Sambit says

    Hey, thanx for the details…..

    but after step 8(just after completing installing updates),it restarts and then on restarting,goes back again to the installation page where we have to select a language!!!!!

    plz give me all the details upto this step so that i can check if i’ve done something wrong and also help me out…

    PS- i am installing 7 on my hp laptop which is already using vista, but doing so in another partition……

  3. Tej says

    Do we need to purchase new licence for upgradation of vista ultimate to Windows 7 or can we use the existing Vista key? Pleaes revert.
    Regards & Thanks
    -Tej Kumar

  4. Al says

    My computer hangs in the “completing installation” part. The screen seems to freeze and so does my mouse, and the hard drive/dvd drive stops spinning or working. Am I supposed to wait through it and maybe it’ll unfreeze? (I’ve already tried both 64 and 32 bit dvds but they both froze so its not a corrupt dvd)

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