Installing Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Posted on 14. Mar, 2011 by in Workstation

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In this build doc we install Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).

Insert the DVD and power on the PC. You may need to enter BIOS to set the boot device to CD/DVD Rom. Depending on your PC this may be done by pressing F10 or F2 just before the system boots. Normally, it will tell you which key to press.

The Windows 7 installer loads. This screen displays for a few seconds.

And then this screen appears for about a minute.

Select language and country preferences

Press Install Now

Setup loads for a few seconds

Accept the license terms.


Click on Custom (advanced) to install a new copy of Windows


Just for fun, I’m going to click on Drive Options to partition the hard drive so that after installation I can create an additional drive to store my documents. To skip this step and format the entire hard drive as the C-drive just press Next.

Several new buttons appear at the bottom of the screen: Refresh, Delete, Format, New, Load Driver and Extend. Click on New to create a new partition.


Enter the size of the new partition (in MB) and press Apply.  This partition will become the C-drive, which is where Windows will be installed. When sizing the C-drive keep in mind, Windows 7 32-bit requires at least 16 GB and 64-bit requires at least 20 GB. You definitely want to make the C-drive at least a few GB larger than the minimum as you will need space for Updates, Temporary Files and future installations. In this example I am going to make it 25 GB because my hard drive on this machine is so small; however, in the real world I would probably recommend making it 30-40 GB.

There is a notice letting you know that Windows will create additional system partitions. Press OK.

There are now 3 partitions. The first one is a 100 MB System Partition, The next is a 24.3 GB Primary partition (to-be C-drive), and the third is labeled Unallocated Space. We will create our E-drive on this space after we are finished the base install. Press Next to continue with install.

Installation begins and runs for a few minutes

Enter a username for the first user and a hoistname for this workstation.

Enter a password for the first user, confirm password and enter hint

Enter your product key

Click on Use Recommended Settings to enable automatic updates

Select Time zone and verify correct date and time

Select whether this is your home, work of public network


If you are connected to a network with DHCP network settings are automatically configured

Windows installation finishes up

Windows automatically logs in the default user for the first time. Desktop and document folders are created

Now you’re logged in

Next Steps:

Check for Updates

Format New Drive for Documents

Change Documents folder to point to new drive

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