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Windows 7 RC Installation (Guide) Walkthrough

by Shivaranjan on May 13, 2009


In this post we shall see the various steps that are involved in Windows 7 RC installation, this post is published after we received many requests from our readers.


  • Windows 7 ISO burned to a DVD. Get Windows 7 RC ISO from here and burn it to DVD
  • A computer that can boot from CD/DVD drive.

System Requirements for Windows 7:

A PC with these system requirements:

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

How to Install Windows 7 RC

Set your computer to boot from CD/DVD drive from BIOS, put the DVD that contains Windows 7 RC . Now start your computer and you should see the following screens:


Choose the language to install, time and currency format and keyboard input method based on your choice and hit the ‘Next’ button.

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Choose the “Install Now” button to proceed with the installation.

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Accept the terms and condition and proceed ahead.

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For installation you are provided with two options they are Upgrade and Custom (advanced). The upgrade option should be used if you want to upgrade your existing Windows (only Vista) installation and the custom (advanced) option should be used if want to install to do fresh or clean installation of Windows 7. In this post we are demonstrating a clean install of Windows 7.

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You have to select the hard disk partition in which you want to install Windows 7. In this example the partition that we have is 30GB hard disk with unallocated space. To access the advanced options like partitioning and formatting the drive you would have to select the ‘Drive options (advanced)’.

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Use settings in the advanced drive options to create partitions based on your requirement, in this case we have formatted the unallocated partition of 30GB to NTFS format in which we will be installing the Windows 7. If you want avoid the system reserved partition of 100MB that will get created then you can refer to this post. You can create partitions using the ‘New’ options or if you want to use the whole hard disk then do nothing Windows 7 will use the entire disk but the 100MB small system reserved partitions will be created at the beginning of the disk. After the partitions are created it should look like this:

Now click the ‘Next’ button to proceed with the installation:


During the installation the system will restart two times and after the second restart you will be prompted to enter your user name and computer name, enter these details and move forward.


Enter the password in this screen and password hint in case in future if you forget your password you will able to recollect it using this hint.


Now you have enter the product key that you have in this screen also activate it online or you can activate Windows 7 after you login.


The automatic updates would have to be configured in this screen, we recommend you to select the ‘Use recommended settings’  that will enable the Automatic updates.


Choose the time zone in which you are located now.


Now the network settings would be configured after you choose the network to which you are connected. There are three network types available they are Home Network, Work Network and Public Network. In our case we chose Home Network as our computer is connected to Home network.


That is it Windows 7 will now log in to your Desktop.


Now enjoy Windows 7, in case of questions then post them in comments section.

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