Microsoft recently announced the public release of its new operating system Windows 7 beta version. This is available for download both for x86 (32-bit) and X64 (64-bit) hardware. For more information on system requirements and downloads, click here
If you have already installed WIndows Vista or Windows Server 2008 from scratch then this shouldn’t look too different for you.
Boot with the installation media and once past through the initial splasdh screen, select the Language and regional settings including keyboard layout and click Next.
Click Install Now button
Accept the License terms and click Next
Select Custom (advanced) option to perform a fresh installation
Select the disk and partition it if necessary and click next
This should start copying the files, expand it and perform feature and update installation and reboot your PC.
After reboot the installation continues the configurations and reboot again for first login.
Windows will take you through the initial setup of your PC, starting with setting up a user and the name of the PC. Once entered, click next
Set the password for the user and click Next
Enter the product key. At the time of Download, Microsoft would have provided you with a product key for evaluation valid until the 1st July 2009. Enter the key and click Next
Setup Windows Updates as per your requirement (default to install recommended and important updates is recommended)
Set the date and time for your PC and the Day light savings for your country (if any) and click next
Setup your Network type. This should try and connect to your Network
Windows will then setup a password for your homegroup (similar to the Workgroup in Windows XP and earlier). You can choose to skip this step if you want to configure it later.
This should finalize the settings and launch you straight into your desktop.
There you go, your new Windows 7 Beta up and running. First outlook looks to be good for a Beta version of a Microsoft Operating System.
The following is the Screenshot gallery from Windows 7 beta installation…
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