Most of the people were after Windows 7 all day, trying to grab the product keys…. Microsoft had really screwed up this time. Anyways, now the servers are free and it takes only a few seconds to get the key.
If you’re ready with your key and have downloaded Windows 7, here’s how to get it loaded onto your computer along with your current Windows.
Instructions after the break. Click “Continue reading”
Step 1: Burn the DVD.
First, you need to burn the ISO disk image to a DVD. You could use any burning software you like. Nero, Roxio, PowerISO, UltraISO, etc. If you don’t have any, use ImgBurn. Its a free ISO burning utility.
Step 2: Partition your HD.
Once you have your DVD ready, you need to create a new partition for the Windows 7 installation. If you are using Windows Vista, just go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management. And then go to Storage, under Disk management.
Select the partition size, 20 GB would be minimum size for installation, drivers, etc.
If you are using XP, you need to use a 3rd party utility to partition your HD. I would suggest you to use GParted. Its a Live CD image that you need to burn and boot from. Here is the tutorial to resize and create a partition with GParted.
Step 3: Install Windows 7.
Now, just pop in the Windows 7 installation DVD into your DVD drive and let your computer boot from it. Once booted, the installation wizard will take you through a couple of easy steps. Just remember to select Custom install (Fresh install) and select the new partition that you created.
Alternatively, if you cannot boot from nthe DVD, you could also boot from your current Windows and insert the Windows 7 DVD to begin installation.
After installatiokn completes, about 1 hour, you will get a Boot menu. Select Windows 7 to boot from Windows 7 or else select Windows Vista. Note: if you are using XP, you will have to select, Earlier version of Windows, and then select Windows XP.
Voila! Now you have install Windows 7 along with your current Windows installation (Dual boot).