Based on the previous paper, that introduced new users to the system, this paper will further propose changes to the current system with practical step-by-step procedures on how to carry out the installation of Windows 7 into our machines. The exercise takes into consideration various factors and has been simplified to ease the process of moving from the old to the new system.
Upgrading a system to Windows 7 from Windows XP is normally an in-direct process because there is no direct replacement or upgrades from this lower version to Windows 7 the figure below shows the error message which pops up when a direct upgrade is attempted (Durham 33). The only option available is a direct replacement of the operating system by booting the DVD with the Windows 7 after saving the data using a file transfer system or saving it to a partition in the hard disk of the computer (different partition from the one that the operating system is to be installed).
Error message from a direct prompted
It is necessary to ensure that the system meets the basic requirements
In order to save the files that were previously in the older operating system, Microsoft recommends the use of easy transfer in the Windows 7 DVD, you should therefore browse to the folder called Supportmigwiz and click on the icon for installation process as shown in the screenshot below.
After clicking on the icon, the transfer window opens as shown in the screen shot below, you can transfer the files listed in the dialog box by clicking on them and press the next button on the bottom right corner (Durham 39).
Here as you can see in the screenshot below, the options for the relocation are given. One can use a peripheral hard disk. One may also opt to utilize a memory stick that uses the USB drive.
In this step, you should click “This my computer” for the transfer wizard to select the files that can be transferred from the computer with the old version of windows.
After the completion of the scanning process, the wizard provides a list of user profiles and the associated settings which can be transferred to the new operating system, Windows 7.
As indicated, this option provides the usage of passwords for the easy transfer files, it is important to remember the password for future use
Once the transfer of the files is complete, you need to save them in the USB memory stick or the external hard disk, once the saving process is complete; the wizard prompts you by identifying the location of the stored file in the external hard drive.
Once the transfer process is complete, you should close the dialog box. The next step marks the beginning of the installation process, you can re-start the computer and enter the CMOS section to select booting priority to the DVD option or alternatively press ESC or DEL button when the machine is booting for it to jump direct and boot from the DVD disk with the operating system (Ricciuti 78).
You should then click the Install Now option in the setup prompt. NOTE that this option is optional; you can therefore select the Do not get the latest updates and continue to the next step.
In this stage it is necessary to read the software license and recognize them in order to carry on with the installation progression. As shown in the screenshot below, you will have to choose the Custom (Advanced) option in order to install a fresh copy of Windows 7 which will upgrade the previous Windows to this higher version (Ricciuti 78).
At this step, when you chose the custom (advanced option) the dialog box that appears show the hard disk free space available for installation of a new operating system. You can choose to Delete the partitions and create new ones. After you are through, you can now click one partition with enough space to install Windows 7. If the partition has the older version, it will be overwritten by the new system.
After the installation process is over, you can transfer the files from the peripheral drive or USB that the easy transfer has duplicated to file. This file is located inside. Booting the system will be necessary in this stage (Ricciuti 78).
After the clicking on the Windows Easy Transfer, select the external hard disk or the memory stick where the previous system profiles had been stored.
You should then select “This is my New Computer” in the following step.
In this step Easy Transfer will inquire on the location of any saved file. You should click the “Yes” to select the options and browse for the files previously saved in Windows XP.
Once you have selected the file and opened, Easy transfer will again inspect all the way through the profiles. You can then choose the files to be migrated. The relocation can be modified using the customize key. This key is usually located on each profile.
After modifying the list of files and profiles to be relocated, Click the shift key option, this will transfer the files.. The files that were previously installed in the previous Windows XP operating system will be in the new system. At this stage the transfer process is complete and unnecessary files or the temporary files can then be deleted.
Using Windows 7
The start menu is sophisticated in Windows 7 in comparison to XP. With the former, one has a wider array of searching capacity. An added noteworthy transformation is in the “All Programs” section. Windows XP can be rather problematic in keeping programs organized, while in Windows 7 the programs are rolled inside the start menu. This makes it far less puzzling when finding a specific program.
Windows 7 presents 2 distinctive user interface experiences. It can be described as a central experience for accessing the system, and a better visually active experience describe as windows Aero. It offers a newer and more insightful steering experience that assists one more effortlessly in finding and organizing applications and files. Aero additionally delivers an actual next-generation desktop feel.
The process of installing Microsoft 7 has been detailed through several steps which make it easier and practical for anyone within the organization to make the shift. Many organizations are faced with the issue of shifting from one program or operating system to another, the fact is that with a good installation process in place, one can easily find ways and means of doing this with the least inconveniences.
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