Since the first day you got your Windows 7 machine have you noticed it getting rather sluggish over the years? Due to it being common for any operating system, especially Windows to collect viruses, malware, spyware, or just junk left over from uninstalled applications. This can have a massive impact on the performance of your computer. Why not jump start it and give it a brand new life by learning how to install a fresh copy of Windows 7.
How to Install a Fresh Copy of Windows 7
Also have you been asking people ways to increase the performance of your Windows PC or Laptop. And if you have, I bet you’ve been told getting more RAM will fix everything. Well in some ways it can but it can also help to feed any malicious programs running in the background, and you’ll probably only notice an improvement for a a month or so until it goes back to how it was.
Why have a fresh install of Windows 7?
- Erase another OS and install Windows 7.
- Install Windows 7 on a brand new hard drive.
- To install a fresh copy of Windows 7.
- Completely remove viruses, malware, spyware 100%.
- Bring life back to your old computers.
By completely removing the operating system and reinstalling a fresh copy of Windows 7, you will be giving that sluggish PC a second life. You’ll have to install all the software etc you had on there before, as performing a fresh install of Windows 7 is exactly what it says. The only thing that will be on your machine is Windows itself.
Follow my guide here if you want to know how to optimize Windows 7 for better performance.
Installing Windows 7
First things first, back up all your data that you don’t want to lose. Most important things to back up are your files on the partition of the operating system, usually the C: drive. Once this gets wiped by the Windows 7 installation, there is no way of getting your data back. So I highly recommend backing up any files before continuing with this guide. The most popular ways people back up there files these days are with external hard drives or USB thumb drives, but you can do this anyway way you like, even using old blank CDs/DVDs if you have spares.
Once you have backed up your files, we need to do one more thing before we start the installation and that is to locate your 25 digit Windows 7 product key. If your PC had Windows 7 pre-installed when you bought it, then you should be able to find the product key on a sticker which will either be attached to the side, top or bottom of the case itself. If it turns out, you can’t locate your product key, don’t panic, there is a way we can find it out, within your installation on windows 7. But this will need to be found first before we continue. To find your 25 digit Windows 7 product key in your existing Windows installation, click here.
Finally, backed up and have your Windows 7 product key ready? Let’s install a fresh copy of Windows 7!
Before we install a fresh copy of Windows 7, make sure you have your Windows 7 disc ready? assuming you’ve already got your Windows 7 disc or USB stick ready to go, pop it into the computer and restart your PC. If you haven’t, follow my guide on how to create a Windows 7 Installation media, before continuing, as you wont be able to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 without one.
Once the computer boots up, you will need to boot into Bios (Usually ‘Delete’, F2, F8 or F10) depending on the manufacturer of the motherboard. Now, navigate to the boot settings in bios and make sure the first boot device selected is the Windows 7 media, when done, select save and exit.
You will see the computer boot up again, and depending on if you have a previous installation already or installing a new hard drive, it will either ask you to press a key to continue the boot or it will boot straight into the installation as it can’t find any OS on the new hard drive.
You should be prompted with the message below if you’re not installing a new hard drive.
Go ahead and select ‘Windows Setup’.
Select your chosen language, time and currency and keyboard layout, then hit ‘Next’.
Click ‘Install now’.
Here you need to select the version of Windows you would like to install. Depending on the Windows 7 installation media you have, you may not have all the options as in the image below. Once you have identified and selected a version of Windows for your system, go ahead and hit ‘Next’.
Read through Microsoft Software License Terms, make sure to tick the box that says ‘I accept the license terms’ and click ‘Next’, otherwise you will not be able to continue with the installation.
The next screen gives you two options, the first is to upgrade your existing Windows, for example, Windows XP. The second option will allow you to install a fresh copy of Windows 7, and that’s the one we need, so select ‘Custom (advanced)‘ to move on.
Here you will see all the available hard drives connected to your PC. As this is a guide I am using a test machine, so I only have one hard drive visible with 20GB of space.
Usually if your reinstalling a version of Windows, it will state next to the hard drive partition, which one is used for Windows, labelled ‘Windows’. If you’re installing a new hard drive, you can skip to step 8 now. Once you have determined the disk which windows is using, click on it once, so that it is highlighted, hit ‘Drive options (advanced)‘ and select delete. You will need to confirm the deletion. You need to delete all the partitions on the same disk. Once you’ve done that, it should look similar to what is in the image below, the total size will differ.
What we need to do now, is to create a partition with the unallocated space so that windows can copying files to it. Select your disk and unallocated space and click on ‘New’,
Confirm the size you would like the partition to be, the default value will use the whole of the hard drive. But you can always change this if you want to. Go ahead and click ‘Apply’ to confirm the size.
Windows will pop up stating that it needs to create additional partitions for the system files, this is perfectly fine, so hit ‘OK’ to continue.
Now it’s time to install a fresh copy of Windows 7. Highlight the primary partition you just created, like I have done below, and click ‘Next’.
Windows will start copying files over, all you need to do now is wait while it finishes installing. Depending on your computer specifications and the media you’re using, installation times vary.
Once the Windows 7 installation has finished, and rebooted a couple of times in the process. You should be at the screen below, asking you to set up a username and computer name. Click ‘Next’ when your done to move on.
Setting up a password – create one now, or hit ‘Next’ to skip, and add a password to your account later on.
For most people who don’t know what they’re doing, I would suggest selecting ‘Use recommended settings’ for Windows security. If you know what you’re doing, go ahead and choose whatever you like. If not select ‘Ask me later’.
Choose your ‘Time zone’.
Depending on if you’re at home or in an office etc., choose what type of connection your network should be. With a wireless connection, Windows asks to select a wireless network to connect to.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed a fresh copy of Windows 7. After setting up the network connection, you’ll be welcomed with the Windows 7 desktop.
Don’t forget to install your drivers from your motherboards manufacturers’ website, or you may experience problems.
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