Installing The Windows 7 OS

Windows 7 Customer Support

Install Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 is the most popular operating system to come out of the Microsoft stable. Its popularity can be mainly attributed to the multitude of features available and its compatibility with various hardware and software products. Though there are many versions of the OS, the installation procedure for all of them is the same, and is detailed below. If you wish to run a clean installation of the OS, Windows 7 customer support desk recommends backing up all important files, programs and settings of the old OS beforehand.

Instructions

  • Locate the Windows 7 product key. You will find it printed on the computer’s back or on the back of the installation disc.
  • Insert the Windows 7 installation disc and reboot the computer. When it reboots, set the computer to boot using the installation disc.
  • You will see the Install Windows screen now. When prompted to, choose your preferred language, time and currency format. You will also be asked to choose the input method.
  • Click on the Next button and then Install Now.
  • Go through the license terms and click on the I accept the license terms Click on Next.
  • If you wish to install a clean version of the Windows OS, click on the button labeled If you wish to keep the files, settings and programs from a previous version of Windows OS, select the Upgrade option.
  • Choose the location where you wish to install the Windows 7 OS and then select The computer will restart a few times. Once the setup is complete, a notification saying Setup is preparing Windows for first use appears.

    Microsoft Windows 7

    Upgrade To Windows 7

  • In the Set Up Windows page, enter your preferred details and click Enter your preferred password and confirm it by re-entering it. Click on Next.
  • Place a check mark on the box labeled Automatically activate Windows when I’m online after entering the product key and click on
  • You will be asked to choose the level of security and updates installation, choose Use recommended settings. Enter your preferred time zone and select Also, choose the preferred network time.
  • Once the setup is complete, you will see the Welcome

If you cannot find the original product key or if you lost it accidentally, The Windows 7 customer support desk recommends contacting the retail store Or Manufacturer of the computer from where you bought it.

Making A Bootable Installation Flash Drive For Windows 7

Windows 7 Tech Support

Windows 7 Bootable USB

Windows 7 needs no introduction as the most popular OS in the world, and the end of support for this platform has barely slowed the installations it’s been getting. What makes this easier is the fact that you can boot without an actual disk, as long as you properly load the installation media into a bootable disk.

This can also be a 4 GB flash drive, which is not hard to find by any means. Compared to the possible inconvenience of keeping an installation DVD at hand all the time, USB bootable drives are much more easily created, and can be later repurposed.

You can use a third party tool like Rufus (which is freeware) to load Windows 7 into a pen drive. This is also the only way if you are looking to install on a smaller computer without a disk drive. What you need for this is an image file for the OS that you are going to install, and free space in the drive you are loading it on. The process initially formats your flash drive, so make sure there is nothing on it that is not backed up elsewhere. Related Windows 7 tech support from users and experts can be found on many forums online.

The Windows 7 image file is a virtual copy or image of your absent DVD. You need to get this from the manufacturer, with an accompanying license key. After that, plug in the flash drive and perform the following steps.

  • Download Rufus online, and run it. The interface is simple. You will need to specify the location of the destination drive, and that of the Windows 7 image. You can use the browse option to find these.
  • Check the other options and make sure they are all in order. The Disk Format is enabled by default, but if you want deeper formatting to be done, leave this option unchecked
  • Hit Start. You will be prompted to confirm that the drive is to be formatted, with a message saying that all data on it will be deleted during this. Hit OK.

    Windows 7 Image File

    Windows 7 Bootable Disk

  • This will start the bootable disk creation. You will see a progress dialog with the name of the current file being transferred into the disk.

At the end of this, you will have a bootable USB disk to install from. Check out suggestions and warnings from other users who have tried this on forums, or call the Windows 7 tech support number if anything goes wrong.

Using Aero Themes In Windows 7

Windows 7 Aero Not Working

Aero Theme Tips

The Aero theme set has been around since Windows Vista came out. This includes transition effects such as window animations, as well as the transparent glass design, all of which is designed to make the OS more pleasing to the user’s eye. So what do you do when you see Windows 7 Aero not working as it should?

Check if your computer meets the hardware requirements

  • 1-gigahertz (GHz) processor, 32- or 64-bit.
  • 1 GB of RAM.
  • 128 MB Graphics card.

You also need a DirectX 9 class graphics processor with support for the Windows Display Driver Model Driver, Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware, and 32 bits per pixel.

Recommended graphics processor specs

  • 64 MB of graphics memory, if the monitor you’re using has under 1,310,720 pixels of resolution. This could be a 17-inch flat panel 1280 x 1024 LCD monitor.
  • 128 MB of graphics memory if the monitor has resolution ranging between 1,310,720 and 2,304,000 pixels – a 21.1-inch 1600 x 1200 resolution monitor.
  • 256 MB of graphics memory if the monitor resolution exceeds 2,304,000 pixels. This would probably be a 30-inch monitor.

If your hardware meets all of the requirements mentioned here, and you still find Windows 7 Aero not working right, then check to see if the color is set to 32 bit. Also, make sure the monitor refresh rate is above 10 hertz (Hz). The theme should also support Aero. The color scheme needs to be set right if this is to be noticeable. Also see that frame transparency is turned on.

Setting the color to 32 bit

  • Go to Start, and from there, select Control Panel. Choose Appearance and Personalization, and then select Personalization. Move to Display Settings and hit OK.
  • Go to the Colors section, and choose Highest (32 bit).

Setting the monitor refresh rate

Aero Theme Set

Aero Theme Error

  • This setting needs to be higher than 10 Hz. Go to Display settings inside Control Panel. It can be found under Personalization.
  • Go to Advanced Settings.
  • Move to the Monitor tab, and then click to set a refresh rate that is higher than 10 Hz.
  • Choose Apply. It’ll take a moment for the monitor to adjust to the new setting. Confirm by clicking Yes when a message comes up. Hit OK.

The Aero theme should work now. The transition between windows is pretty cool, but this will take up more resources than the classic theme.

Windows 7 Support Transition Sparks Little Activity

Windows 7 Support

Windows Extended Support

Windows 7 is set to advance from the Mainstream Support phase to Extended Support this week. This will mark the middle of its support lifetime, if Microsoft makes no further extensions as it did with XP.

Windows 7 is the most popular desktop OS in the world. The mainstream support it’s been receiving until now included upkeep features other than the security updates, which has to do mainly with the stability of the platform on user PCs. Once the product starts getting Extended support instead, users will only get security fixes, and other bare essentials. That’s if they haven’t signed up for another support contract, which many companies have. Extended support will last for the next five years, until Jan. 14, 2020.

Many people think this means the OS won’t run like it used to. But the support expiry itself won’t bring any changes to Windows 7. It’s understandable why the announcement still hasn’t managed to bring it down from the perch it’s held for so long. Windows 7 is still the most commonly used OS in the world, with a record 56% of user shares among the desktop crowd. It takes up 62 % of all the Windows platforms used, and has been a major hurdle to the uptake of successor Windows 8.

Windows 7 Systems

Windows 7 EOS

Individual users find it easier than organizations, to transition between operating systems. For those of the latter who have deployed Windows 7 systems in the past and are still using them, there is a period of five years before their chosen platform becomes obsolete. Because of that, companies are looking forward to the Windows 10 release, which will probably be their next chosen OS.

Most experts have been urging people to start planning for alternative options before Windows 7 support got cut. The main concern is if users will face the same crisis as they did with Windows XP, which was scrapped last April. This was a popular OS, and was the reason for many computer users straggling even after the manufacturer cut support for it.

Continued users still have Extended Windows 7 support to get by on, for the next five years. But even though the next cut off is way off, it’s advisable for organizations to be ready with their next transition plan early on. Otherwise, they’d be setting themselves up for a repeat of what happened with XP.

Computers Preinstalled With Windows 7 OS

Windows 7 Support

Windows 7 Help

Big PC manufacturers are still able to provide Windows 7 operating system on new computers. But there is a small catch here. As of Oct 31, 2014, all the new computers from any of the computer manufacturers should include the expensive Windows 7 Professional version. These manufacturers are not allowed to install any other version of the Windows 7 operating system in the computers that they manufacture. Also, those computers that were manufactured before the above said date and have Windows 7 Home Premium in it can be sold. This was confirmed after contacting the Windows 7 support team.

If you are planning to buy a Windows 7 computer, it will be better if you can skip the front door and then go straight for the business area. If you are planning to buy your Windows 7 laptop online, you can make use of the different filters that are available to help you make your selection. For example, the Dell website offers filters that will help you to see all the available desktops and laptops that are powered by the Windows 7 operating system.

The website of HP also offers the same features to the visitors. It is true that HP is having more Windows 7 options for the business computers than any other operating systems. The big players in the online market that serve business users will have similar selections that cover a wide variety of brands and models. This will also display the complete spectrum of prices.

If you are okay with used laptops, you will be able to find out many websites that sell used and refurbished Windows 7 computers. Many of these websites offer factory reconditioned laptops and computers at very reasonable prices. You just need to check online for reconditioned Windows 7 laptops and you will be presented with numerous options. These laptops and computers will be ready to use, even though you may need to upgrade the RAM or hard drive of the system to improve its speed and performance.

Windows 7 Professional Version

Windows 7 Support Desk

The Windows 7 operating system has many great features and this is the reason why many users still love the operating system. The interface of the operating system is very easy to use and with the correct configuration, you will be able to experience great speeds with Windows 7. To know more on the features of the Windows 7 operating system, you can contact the Windows 7 support team.

DirectX 12 Won’t Be Compatible With Windows 7 – Report

Windows 7 Support

Windows 7 Compatibility

The major advantage with DirectX 12 is that it has very low CPU overhead. Due to this, it is capable of providing you with better gaming performance all throughout the day. On top of these, DirectX 12 is said to lower the power consumption and support multithreading. If you have a laptop solely for gaming, DirectX 12 is something that you must upgrade your laptop with.

DirectX 12 to be integrated with Windows 10 devices

It is reported that all devices that come preloaded with Windows 10 will have DirectX 12 as a unique feature. Latest Windows operating systems like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are compatible with DirectX 12 although only very few devices come with DirectX 12 built-in.

DirectX 12 not compatible with Windows 7

Despite the huge popularity for Windows 7, it seems that DirectX 12 won’t offer Windows 7 support (compatibility). This would mean, you can’t make a good gaming PC with Windows 7. You would either require upgrading it to Windows 8/8.1 or wait until Windows 10 release and buy a brand new PC that comes with DirectX 12 preloaded.

The news that DirectX 12 won’t support Windows 7 was revealed to the media by the AMD chief Richard Huddy himself. During a media conference, he said that DirectX 12 won’t be supported in Windows 7. He didn’t give any details about it. All he said was, “One thing that’s not going to happen to it is DX12. Yup, DX12 is not coming to Windows 7.”

Windows 7 Market Share

Windows 7 Editions

That DirectX 12 does not provide Windows 7 support sounds irrational. Windows 7 is not going to lose support in the next five years. Only the mainstream support for the operating system is lifted. Furthermore, there hasn’t been any decline in Windows 7 market share in recent years. It is growing by at least a couple of percents every year. Windows 7 market share was 50 percent in the 2013. It has grown by 2 percent to a total of 52 percent of the total Windows market share now. According to reports, by the time Windows 10 gets released, Windows 7 will manage to the make at least 55 percent of the total Windows market share.

Microsoft is reportedly keeping silent about all these reports. According to the critics, the software giant is now trying to get people off Windows 7 and make them all migrate to Windows 8/8.1.

Windows 7 Preinstalled PCs Will Soon Be Out Of Stock In The Market

Windows 7 Support

Windows 7 Installation

If you are planning to buy Windows 7 preinstalled PCs, then you might have to hurry. This is because Microsoft has already ended giving Windows 7 OEM licenses. This means, all the new PCs that will be available in the market from now on will have Windows 8.1 operating system installed in them. However, according to Windows 7 support blogs, you may still be able to find a few Windows 7 PCs in the market. However, you may find them only until the stocks last.

Keep in mind that Windows 7 is still in the extended support phase and the software giant has not ended its support like Windows XP. So, why has Microsoft stopped giving licenses of the operating system? One of the reasons could be the poor performance of its newer operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Even after the release of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems, the demand for Windows 7 PCs was high. There was no fall in the share of Windows 7 systems even with the introduction of newer ones. With no other operating systems other than Windows 8.1 from Microsoft, the company hopes that the sales of Windows 8.1 licenses will shoot up.

Earlier, after the release of Windows 8 operating system, many of the OEMs had started using this operating system on their PCs. However, some of the PC makers like HP brought back Windows 7 on their PCs. This was because the demand for Windows 7 PCs was much higher

Windows 10 Technical Preview

Windows 7 Upgrade

than the newly introduced Windows 8 OS.  The mainstream support for Windows 7 is due to end on January 13 this year. After this date, the operating system would enter the extended support phase. This means, we cannot expect the release of any new feature updates for the operating system. However, Microsoft will still release security updates and patches for the operating system.

Now, even the new move of Microsoft may not help its Windows 8 operating systems much. This is because the company has already released the Windows 10 technical preview and the operating system is expected to be released any time this year. Therefore, we will have to wait and watch how many of the users would buy a PC that has Windows 8 operating system installed in it, when a newer operating system could soon be released. For any queries on this operating system, you may contact the Windows 7 support center or get in touch with our technical support team for assistance.

Windows 7 OS Still Available For Purchase

Windows 7 Support

Windows 7 OS Versions

As you already know, Windows 7 support has reached the half way mark with the Mainstream support coming to an end. This being the case, Microsoft has already ended the supply of many Windows 7 versions in the market. The Windows 7 versions like Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Windows 7 Ultimate, etc are no longer available for purchase.

Microsoft has also ended the supply of these operating systems to their OEM partners as well. The boxed disc versions of the OS have also been removed from the market. This leaves out the Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise editions, which might not be the preferred upgrade options for most Windows OS users.

You can still purchase Windows 7 OS

One of the reasons why Microsoft discontinued the supply of Windows 7 OS is the poor Windows 8 sales. It is becoming clear that Windows 7’s market share is still growing with more and more XP users upgrading their systems. According to most XP users, Windows 7 is the best desktop operating system available in the market.

They do not see Windows 8 as a desktop operating system at all. Though Microsoft made many differences in the OS with the Windows 8.1 update, the OS still does not work smoothly on a desktop system. Microsoft’s attempts to merge the desktop and touch screen operating systems have really failed. The end product turned out to be an operating system that neither the touch screen users nor the desktop users want to use.

Windows 7 Ultimate

Upgrading To Windows 7

But, where can you get Windows 7 OS, if Microsoft has already discontinued it? First of all, Windows 7 OS is still available through certain outlets, where the distributors have some old stock remaining. Once this stock runs out, they will not be able to renew it since Microsoft has already discontinued it. But, if you search online, you are likely to find many retail websites still offering Windows 7 systems from their leftover stock.

Another option is to purchase used Windows 7 systems. You can easily find such second-hand systems in many retail websites. However, make sure that you buy the product from a reliable source to avoid ending up with a discarded or damaged PC. The third option is to buy the Windows 7 Professional edition. But, this will cost you more than the standard editions.

Since Windows 7 support has five more years left in the form of Extended support, it is still a good upgrade option to Windows XP users.

Windows 7 Mainstream Support To End Soon

Windows 7 Support

Official Windows 7 Support

Some Windows 7 users were in for a surprise when it came to light that Windows 7 mainstream support will end shortly, with the deadline set to January 13, 2015. This information was news to many users, who were under the impression Windows 7 is relatively new and will enjoy several more years of support from Microsoft. As we know, end of sales date for Window 7 OS was back in October 31, 2014, which means new systems  no longer come pre-installed with the Windows 7 OS. However, the lifecycle deadlines of individual Windows OS are released, when the operating system is first introduced. This means, the end-of-support deadline was set years in advance and Microsoft has made no attempts to extend this deadline.

Every Windows OS version has a lifecycle. When the OS is first released, the lifecycle begins. The support services from Microsoft officially end once the lifecycle of the specific Windows OS ends. The official deadline set by Microsoft is useful, since users get to know when to upgrade their systems. There are two dates Microsoft specifies for every Windows OS – end of Mainstream support and end of Extended support.

Once the operating system is released, the OS officially runs in Mainstream support. During this period, Microsoft issues both feature updates as well as security updates. You will get better and updated features as well as changes to the user interface during the Mainstream support period. However, once the Mainstream support ends, Microsoft will stop sending feature upgrades. The end of Mainstream support for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is January 13, 2015.

However, there is no need to panic. After the Mainstream support, your Window 7 OS will run in Extended support for another 5 years. The Extended support deadline is on January 14 2020, giving enough time for users to upgrade their computers. During this time, Microsoft will be releasing critical security patches, making sure malicious access to the OS is impossible. If you require further information about Windows deadlines and what it entails, contact our Windows 7 support services.

Window 7 OS

Support Deadline For Windows 7

Hence, you do not need to worry about the latest Windows 7 deadline. Microsoft will continue providing security patches for another 5 years. However, do make sure you upgrade your PC to the latest OS before the end of Extended support. After the end of support deadline, any security issue that remains will remain open. Malicious users will be able to make use of existing security loopholes and gain access to the computer. Contact our Windows 7 support department to know more on different methods of upgrading your computer.

Windows 7 Ready To Disappear

Windows 7 Support

           Windows 7 Sales

The consumer version of Windows 7 has almost left the market, following Microsoft breaking the supply chain on October 31st. Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate licenses won’t be available to retail partners anymore, meaning there’s little chance of getting your hands on one of these operating systems by buying a new PC. The OEMs, consisting of PC partners and systems builders, only have the licenses they haven’t sold already, and even those will probably run out by the time we’re past Christmas.

But this isn’t the case for Windows 7 Professional, which has at least another year of sales left to go. The company said that they’d give us a year’s notice before scrapping this version, which they haven’t done yet. It’s probably going to be around for some significant time after Windows 10 is out. This is the only Windows 7 OS you’re going to be buying at this point. And the closer that retailers get to the end of their stock, they’ll start charging premiums, for what they’ll probably call “business machines“. That’s the way it’s going to be, because Microsoft has washed their hands off the matter. The company is all about Windows 10 now, and of course, Windows 8.1 too.

Windows 7 Ultimate Licenses

           Windows 7 License Cut-Off

The sales for Windows 7 professional might still be open for another year, but mainstream Windows 7 support is set to end on January 13, 2015. There’s always the chance that Microsoft might push this date further, but they haven’t given any signs of doing that. In which case, for the professional version licenses sold after January, there’s only going to be Extended Support available at the time of sale. Mainstream Windows 7 support lets you get free standing product support, warranty claims, non-security and security bug fixes, and additional changes to the existing features. The Extended support, meanwhile, gets you security updates, and nothing else.

Microsoft is almost totally focused on paving the way forward for Windows 10. And they’re right if they think they can’t afford too many distractions this time (look what came of Windows 8). The software mogul is going to be expending tremendous effort to see to it that people like Windows 10 the way they did Windows 7 and XP. Or, hopefully, even more. Reception of the preview version suggests a strong probability of either happening; times are looking good for Microsoft.