How to install Windows 7 Beta

To install Windows 7 Beta, follow these steps by Windows expert J. Peter Bruzzese of

There are some new features that you should know about before you install Windows 7 Beta. Bruzzese also discusses the minimum requirements needed to install Windows 7 Beta, particularly in the areas of memory, available hard drive space and processing power.

Read the full transcript from this video below:

How to install Windows 7 Beta

We’re going to take a look at the installation of Windows 7. It’s not all that different from Windows Vista, so we’re not going to spend too much time here. We’re going to let it do its thing, though, and we’ll see some of the changes. Here we see it’s loading up the files. That little graphic is new; I like that, very colorful. Here we see a familiar screen that we would see with Windows Vista, as well. We’re asked [what] language we want to install Windows 7 in, the time and currency format, and the keyboard or input method. These are fine. We’ll hit Next. Here, we’re asked if we want to install now or, if we look to the left there, we can repair our computer. Again, these are not new features; these are all available in Windows Vista, as well. Then we’re asked about the license agreement, so we want to accept the license agreement. We’re asked what type of installation we want. In this case, we don’t have Windows Vista that we’re installing over, so we’re just going to do a custom install, which will install a new copy. Then we’re asked about where we want to install it. In this case, we only have a disk that we’ve configured on this virtual server of 20 GB. Basic minimum requirements are that you have at least that amount so that you can do the installation.

In fact as we see, the features here are pretty much the same in terms of installation that you would have with Windows Vista. Microsoft is also working really hard to ensure that the minimum requirements necessary to run Windows 7 are the same as they are in Windows Vista. Even though some of the minimum requirements are not necessarily exactly correct, for example, some say 512 MB is the minimum requirement for RAM, but in actuality, Windows Vista doesn’t run very well on 512 MB of RAM, so that’s not really a good minimum. 2 GB, now that’s a decent minimum if you want the system to run appropriately. I would recommend the same for Windows 7; 2 GB of RAM and plenty of hard disk space, because the thing takes up quite a bit, a decent processor. Microsoft operating systems require quite a bit of processing power, memory power, disk space, so you might as well really make sure you have a decent system to set this up on.

Here, we see we’re asked to provide a username and a computer name. Then we’re asked to provide a password, retype it and then provide a password hint. Next, we have to establish our settings for Windows Updates and then set up our time zone. Then we choose the computer’s current location, whether it’s home, work or a public network. Again, all of this is pretty much standard on Windows Vista.

Now, we’re asked if we want to create a "homegroup"; this actually is new. As you can see, it says a homegroup links computers on your home network so that you can share pictures, music, videos, documents and printers. What it really does is, in Windows 7, it provides you a single interface to accomplish the sharing of all of these different things. It’s protected with a password, so others can join the homegroup with that password. Don’t worry if you don’t write it down here, you can go into the homegroup applet when you have Windows 7 installed, and you’ll be able to change that password or write it down if you didn’t write it down at this point. Then others can join your homegroup, and it makes for a much easier method of sharing this information with other people in your home.

We’ll finish finalizing our settings, and there we go. Welcome to Windows 7. Stay tuned for more. I’ll see you in the next lesson.

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