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Windows 7: What to do/know before Install?

21 May 2010   #1
Puddin Man

Win7 Home Prem. 64 OEM
 
 
What to do/know before Install?

Greetings,

I am retired and have been running Win2000 for near 10 years. No material exposure even to XP.

Have recently completed building my fourth pc based on Intel i5-650 and Asus H55 motherboard. I need to install Win7 today. The Win7/64 Home Premium OEM DVD awaits my tender caress. :-)

What should I do and/or know before installing?

Thx,
P


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21 May 2010   #2
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi

Welcome to Seven Forums
Check out this tutorial - Clean Install Windows 7
More tutorials here

Hope this helps and things work out

Regards
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21 May 2010   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Welcome

I think that if you use the upgrade advisor and then follow the previous post, you will be using the greatest OS, in the market today, before you know it.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
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21 May 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is really no mystery in the installation of Windows7. Once the installation CD is running, you need only follow the instructions. I have recently installed two Win7 OEMs - it took less than 30 minutes and was completely painless.
Another story is to get used to Win7 coming from 2000. It is quite different in many aspects. I had 3 years of Vista background, that made it easy. But from where you come, there may be some questions. I suggest you come back as often as you like and we will be happy to answer all your questions. Win7 is great and easy once you get the hang of it - but it is different to 2000 or XP.
The new functions that are really great are the taskbar, the libraries, homegroup, etc. An OEM installation disk does not come with an antivirus program. Make sure you install one as one of the first steps. I suggest you use free MSE unless you have a key for another AV program. You can even use MSE and Avast together - they were designed to work together.
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23 May 2010   #5
Puddin Man

Win7 Home Prem. 64 OEM
 
 

...
>Another story is to get used to Windows 7 coming from 2000. It is quite different in many aspects. I had 3 years of Vista background, that made it easy. But from where you come, there may be some questions. I suggest you come back as often as you like and we will be happy to answer all your questions. Windows 7 is great and easy once you get the hang of it - but it is different to 2000 or XP.

Very different.

>The new functions that are really great are the taskbar, the libraries, homegroup, etc.

Thanks.

>An OEM installation disk does not come with an antivirus program. Make sure you install one as one of the first steps. I suggest you use free MSE unless you have a key for another AV program. You can even use MSE and Avast together - they were designed to work together.

Thanks again, you may have saved me considerable headaches. I will now unplug the LAN connection on the new system. :-)

Which version of Avast? Install MSE, then Avast?

P
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23 May 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you want both MSE and Avast, use the free Avast. I would install MSE first. It does a pretty good job all by itself. I use it on 3 systems without Avast. But on a couple of other systems I use NIS 2010 (Norton). That is my favorite - but it costs money.
The best AV is careful browsing. I use McAfee site advisor which warns me in the IE if a site is iffy.
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23 May 2010   #7
Puddin Man

Win7 Home Prem. 64 OEM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you want both MSE and Avast, use the free Avast. I would install MSE first. It does a pretty good job all by itself. I use it on 3 systems without Avast. But on a couple of other systems I use NIS 2010 (Norton). That is my favorite - but it costs money.
The best AV is careful browsing. I use McAfee site advisor which warns me in the IE if a site is iffy.
I don't visit many dangerous sites, mostly just looking for software or looking something up in Wikipedia. Hopefully I can install both, disable the Avast resident shield but keep Avast around (just in case).

Appears I'm well advised. Again, many thanks.

P
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23 May 2010   #8
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Yes your approach would work very well. I however, would suggest just MSE and Malwarebytes. The choice is yours.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
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24 May 2010   #9
Puddin Man

Win7 Home Prem. 64 OEM
 
 

I'll have sort that out later.

Win7 evidently buggered my system clock, I couldn't validate, couldn't install MSE, took a while to figure that out. In the meantime, I had to install Avira.

I'm getting updates now. I suppose I'll need to at least disable Avira resident shield to install MSE.

Malwarebytes would be used principally for occasional use, when a problem is evident?

Thanks,
P
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24 May 2010   #10
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Free copy of MBytes, scan once a week or so

Pay copy, gives real time protection, like an antivirus.
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