CIS 221 Windows 7 Lab 1 Preparing to Install Windows 7
Lab 1 Preparing to Install Windows 7
Windows 7 provides no upgrade path from Windows XP. The only option you have is to do a clean install of the Windows 7 operating system. To run Windows 7, including the Aero desktop experience features, on an computer running a earlier version of Windows, the computer needs to meet the following minimum requirements:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) of system memory (RAM) for 32-bit systems; 2 GB for 64-bit systems
16 GB of available hard disk drive space for 32-bit systems; 20 GB for 64-bit systems
Support for DirectX 9 graphics with Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.0 or higher driver and 128 megabytes (MB) memory (to enable the Aero theme)
Internal or external DVD drive
Monitor with minimum 1024 × 768 screen resolution
Keyboard and mouse or compatible pointing device
Internet connection for product activation, accessing online Help topics, and any other Internet-dependent processes
Some features of Windows 7 work only if you have the hardware or network connections to support them. For descriptions of the system requirements for specific features of Windows 7, visit windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/system-requirements/.
Using the Windows Upgrade Advisor
To determine if the current system will support Windows 7 you should run the Windows Upgrade advisor. The following steps will perform this task.
Log on with your local Administrator account (the password is P@sswOrd).
Open Internet Explorer and enter the following address www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx
Click on the Download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor button.
Click on the Download button.
In the Download File – Security Warring dialog box click on Run. A window verify your current system will appear
When completed an Internet Explorer – Security Warning dialog box will appear, click Run. After a moment the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor wizard will appear.
Accept the licensing terms and click Install.
In the Installation Complete window make sure that Launch Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is selected and click close. The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor window appears.
Question 1: On the first page of the advisor there is a direction what, does that direction say?
Click on Start Check, the process will take a few minutes to complete.
Under Custom Installation Required Go to the Web site indicated and answer the following questions.
Question 2: What is the recommended method for moving your files and settings to Windows 7?
Question 3: What other major recommendation is made on this page to complete the upgrade?
Click on the link next to Windows Aero Support and answer the following questions
Question 4: Fill in the following chart with the minimum computer hardware requirements to run Aero.
Question 5: What additional capabilities must the graphic card support?
Go back to the Main Advisor page.
Question 6: What system Requirement’s passed?
Question 7: What programs are incompatible with Windows 7?
Close all open windows.
Using Windows Easy Transfer to Transfer Files and Settings
To transfer files and setting from a Windows XP computer to a Windows 7 computer you must use the Easy Transfer application.
Downloading and Installing Windows 7 Easy Transfer
To start this process you must find and download the Easy transfer application on Microsoft’s Web site. The best way to do this is:
Start Internet Explorer
Go to the Google search engine and type in Windows System 7 Easy Transfer.
From the list that appears select a site that will allow you to download the Easy Transfer application.
On the Web page that appears click on the Download Button.
In the dialog box that appears click Run.
In the dialog box that appears click Run, after a few minutes the Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7 wizard will appear.
In the Software Update Installation Wizard, click Next.
In the next windows select I Agree, and then click Next.
After installation is complete, click Finish.
Open and run Windows Easy Transfer to save your files and settings
Click Start, click All Programs, and then click Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7.
Select An external hard disk or USB flash drive
Click This is my old computer, and then wait while Windows Easy Transfer scans the computer.
When the scan is complete make sure all of the accounts are checked.
Question 8: What Information is being saved for each user checked (hint open the Customize link and look at the list)?
Enter and retype the password (P@ssw0rd) and then click Save.
In the Save your Easy Transfer file window select the Data (L:) (think of the L: drive as a USB or externally connected hard drive.
Click Save. The transfer file will be saved.
Ensure that the file is saved to the L: drive.
Question 9: What is the extension for the Easy transfer file you created?
Close all Windows.
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