This article will help you install Windows 7 Professional to the new Hard Drive on your Dell PC. Images for each step are provided as a visual guide but are based on English only screenshots.
This is a guide to install Windows 7 Professional onto a New Blank Hard Drive.
If you want to install to a Used Hard Drive then please use the guide below :
You will need these to proceed :
To start this Windows install. You will want to tap the F12 key at the Dell splash Screen. On the Boot once menu you will need to choose the Optical Drive and press the ENTER key. This is your CD/DVD Drive.
A message Press any key to boot from DVD..... will appear at the top left hand side of the screen, press the space bar to continue.
The Windows 7 Professional DVD will begin to load files, this may take sometime.
Windows 7 will now start the reinstall procedure.
First you need to select your language, then time and currency.
Next set your Keyboard Language. This may have changed correctly when Time and Currency option was selected, if not change as needed. Click Next to continue.
Your Keyboard input method will change to the most common used under the Time and Currency selected, you can change this now if needed.
Once happy with your selection click on Next to continue.
Now the Install Windows 7 screen will appear, Click on Install now to continue and begin the reinstall of Windows.
Setup will begin.
You will now see the bar pictured below at the bottom of the screen. It has no relevance to Time in general. It moves at varying speeds. Don't be worried if it stays in any particular spot for long periods of time.
Now the License agreement page.
Read them and click on I accept the License terms then click Next to continue. If you don't agree then it won't continue past this point.
Now the Type of installation. Click on Custom (Advanced) to continue to the drives section.
Hard drive setup comes next. Click next for Automatic Hard Drive setup using full capacity. Otherwise click on the Drive Options menu to configure the drive yourself.
On the Drive Options Menu click on New.
On the Drive Options Menu select the size you want the partition to be - Or manually type it in to the box. Then click Apply to continue.
On the Drive Options Menu you will get a message saying Windows warns that it may need to create a few partitions for the system, Click OK to continue.
Setting the drive up may take a few minutes.
On the Drive Options Menu select the partition that says Primary underneath Type and click on Format to finalize the hard drives setup.
You will be warned about the format, that all data will be lost that's on this drive, click OK to continue.
Now select the drive you created - Disk 0 Partition 2 in the picture. This will be the same drive that you formatted in the previous step.
Once its selected click Next to begin the install of Windows 7.
Windows will now begin copying files
Once done it will begin expanding the Quickly copied files
When the files are Expanded it will now install features.
It will restart after 10 seconds or you can click Restart to speed it up.
The computer will restart and post again.
Windows 7 is now Starting Windows.
Windows sets up the Registry.
Another screen appears, saying setup is Starting Windows 7's services.
Setup now completes the reinstallation.
It will restart again after 10 seconds.
Windows is starting again.
Setup now prepares the system for First use.
This will be the first time in 30-45 minutes where you will need to do something, An Account and Computer name is required.
Fill these in and click Next.
Next you'll see the password setting screen. Either leave it bank without one or fill in the password box, retype to confirm and leave yourself a hint in case you forget it. Click Next to continue.
If you have done the reinstall from your Dell Reinstall Media then you will not need to put in a Windows Product Key.
Now the built in Windows protection modes will pop up. We recommend the top option Use Recommended settings, this will enable updates to be downloaded and reinstalled, click on your selection to continue.
Now you must review your time and date settings
Change your time zone to your present location. Once that's done then click on Next to continue.
Now your Network configuration page is next, if you want to setup the new Homegroup network system then use this option.
If you want a standard network setup then use Work Network, allowing you to browse and see other computers.
Anywhere that's public, that would be a risk to your files and security, select Public Network.
Windows 7 setup will now connect to your network and setup the required settings.
The Homegroup option in Home networking allows you to select what you want to share, and also provides a password, for others to access the Homegroup.
You can choose skip this now and setup later, or make selections, note password and press Next to continue.
Windows 7 will now finalize your settings
Setup brings up the Welcome screen.
Windows prepares the desktop.
The Windows will update the desktop.
Browser customisations will install.
Any updates will now install. Remember that on the next reboot you will be prompted for a password. If you set one up.
Go to the guide below to go through your driver install.
Note: Using Dell OEM Media to reinstall the operating system on a Dell PC should not require a specific activation or entry of a specific product key.
(Although one will be supplied with the machine if a Windows 7 OS or older was sold with the PC.)
If you are having activation issues after a reinstall then please go to the Microsoft page below for help in resolving them :
Article ID: SLN155401Last Date Modified: 09/20/2019 11:44 PM