EdBott - Secret Seven Secrets in the Windows 7 Installation Process


On May 5th, Windows 7 RC eventually opened the official public download. This has been uploaded to the BT network for more than a week, and MSDN and TechNet-subscribed developers have been allowed to download the previous morning. But the users of these groups are the first few people to see the release of Windows 7 RC. This is undoubtedly good news for those who have given up on downloading and waiting for it earlier. At the same time, I have collected some good and bad information about installing Windows 7. In the past week I have installed and upgraded RCs in a variety of different systems - laptops and desktops, some with compatible touch panels, some without; some with TV modules and Blu-ray drives. There are both new installations and upgrades; there are x86 and x64 versions. These steps are all recorded.

In this article, I want to share the lessons I learned along the way, including some even some Windows experts who don't know the secrets of the installation.

Secret 1: Choose the appropriate installation option

Secret 2: Start from cleaning up the disk

Secret 3: Back up your old driver first

Secret 4 : Non-destructive new installation

Secret 5: The required disk space is smaller than you think

Secret 6: Unlocking the upgrade from Windows 7 Beta

Secret 7: Unlock additional editors

Secret 1: Choose the appropriate installation option

You have downloaded the ISO image from Microsoft's website and burned it to a DVD. What are you doing now? At this point, you have 2 choices to run the installer from this newly created medium. Compatibility issues and the Windows installation process vary depending on your choice.

If you already have Windows XP, Vista, or an earlier version of Windows 7 on the system where you plan to install Windows 7, you can start the installation process from Windows. Alternatively, you can boot the system from the installation media (this may require entering the BIOS settings to change the boot device entry). Either way, you will see a dialog like the one below:

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