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Video:How to Update to Windows 7

with Nicholas J. Saccomanno

Updating your computer to run Windows 7 doesn't require advanced technical skills. This About.com video will provide step-by-step instructions for upgrading your computer to Windows 7.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Update to Windows 7

Hello, this is Nicholas J. Saccomanno for About.com and today we're going to talk about how to update to Windows 7. Are you ready? Let's get started!

Preparing for the Installation

Before you upgrade to Windows 7, you'll want to run a compatibility check to make sure your system is capable of running Windows 7. After you acquire the Windows 7 installation files or disc, open the Windows 7 setup file. This will open the 'Install Windows' dialog box. From here, you will have the option to 'Check compatibility online.' Once that completes and you have verified your system is capable of running Windows 7, select "Install now." This will start the setup process. 

Performing the Installation

During this phase of the installation, you will be provided with the option to get important updates for the installation. This will provide you with the latest updates in the form of security updates and hardware drivers to successfully install Windows. This option is recommended. Once you've completed this step, you'll be provided with the license terms for you to read and accept before proceeding. After this, you'll be asked to select from an upgrade or custom install of Windows. Review carefully the information presented highlighting the distinction between each choice. Make your choice and the installation will begin.  

During the majority of the installation process, there is little to do but watch the installation progress and observe the system as it reboots on occasion. The actual installation time will vary with factors such as the speed of your computer and what files you are upgrading effecting the timing of the installation. 

Customizing the Installation

Eventually, you will arrive at the 'Set Up Windows' dialog box. From here, you will be prompted to type in your Windows product key. Also note that by default, 'Automatically activate Windows when I am online' is selected. Next, select how you want Windows to handle future security updates, configure the date and time and if your machine is connected on the network, you can tell Windows how to configure it: for home, work or a public network. 

Start Using Windows 7!

Finishing up the installation, Windows will finalize your settings and prepare your desktop for you with any personalized settings you may have. After that, you're ready to start using Windows 7. Congratulations, you've just completed your upgrade to Windows 7. Your shortcuts and other files will be there waiting for you to open them up. 

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