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Upgrade vs install

- upgrade
- Existing Os
- Preserve files, applications, and profiles
- Clean Install
- Start from scratch
- Repartition and / or reformat

Installation Process

- Backup, Backup, Backup
- Check minimum requirements
- Check hardware compatibility with upgrade advisor
- Plan for file system type
- Select installation method


- Use built in OS backup
- or a 3rd party imaging software
- Copy user files to a backup drive
- Don't forget anything!
- Confirm Application Backup

Check minimum requirements

- Check CPU, Disk memory, video, etc
- Many OS upgrades include hardware upgrades
- Upgrade the hardware a week before the OS upgrade

Check Hardware compatibility

- Not all Hardware works with all operating systems
- you may need new components
- Microsoft has tested hardware compatibility
- Run the windows XP upgrade advisor
- Download and run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Other Options

- Network configuration
- computer name
- Workgroup / Domain
- File system
- FAT32
- Dual Boot support
- Sanity ( and some technical requirements ) may insist on separate partitions

Installation method

- Install form Boot media
- Floppy, CD-ROM (with BIOS support ), USB
- Unattended installation
- Unattend.txt
- Remote Installation
- Unattended network installation using remote Installation Service
- Sysprep / Drive Imaging
- An exact Duplicate ( only works if hardware is relatively same)

Windows 7 versions

- grayed ones not really covered in comptia

Windows 7 starter

- Built for Netbooks
- No DVD playback or Windows media Center
- No Windows Aero
- No Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
- No IIS Web Server
- No enterprise technologies
- Np Domain connection, BitLocker, EFS, etc
- Only a 32- bit version, maximum of 2 GB of RAM

Windows 7 Home Premium

- The "consumer" edition
- DVD playback
- Windows Aero
- Internet Connection Sharing
- IIS Web Server
- No Enterprise Technologies
- No domain connection, BitLocker, EFS, etc
- x86 and x64
- x64 supports 16GB RAM and 2 physical processors

Windows 7 Professional

- Same features as Home Premium
- Can connect to a Windows Domain
- Supports Domain Connection, Remote Desktop Host and EFS
- Missing enterprise technologies
- BitLocker
- x64 version supports 192 GB of RAM

Windows 7 Ultimate

- Complete Functionality
- Domain support, Remote Desktop, EFS
- All enterprise technologies
- x64 version supports 92 GB of RAM
- there's nothing it doesn't do

Win 7 OS Chart

Win 7 Hardware requirements


- Window display driver model
- is the graphic driver architecture for video card drivers running Microsoft Windows versions beginning with Windows Vista.

Windows 7 paths

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