Performing a Custom Installation from Windows Vista to 7
Windows 7 is simply one of the most sought after operating systems of the times. With a largely improved GUI and a host of enhanced functionalities, the OS offers much more than its predecessor- Windows Vista. While being an appealing GUI, Windows 7 by no means compromises the factors of efficiency and effectiveness. As such, if you’re seeking for a computing platform that would be a feast for your eyes as well as a repository of advanced functionalities, Windows 7 is indeed the best choice you can make.
In this post, the Windows 7 support crew gives you a comprehensive account on how to perform a custom installation from Windows Vista to 7.
As you might know well, the custom installation option offered on Windows installation disks proves to be more than helpful when we want to completely remove the previous operating system and start afresh. As the Windows 7 support crew points out, installing an OS can be absolutely hassle-free when it’s performed on a newly formatted hard drive. However, owing to some reason or the other, if you prefer performing a custom installation, it wouldn’t be that bad an option. Let’s see how it can be done.
According to the Windows 7 support team, the following steps are in order for installing Windows 7 in the custom mode:
- Begin by inserting your Windows 7 installation disk into your PC and restarting it. It’s to be noted that the Custom Installation option cannot be availed of, if you try to load the disk in a running Windows session.
- Once the Windows installer wizard launches, click on “Next” and choose “Install Now“. Scroll through the Windows 7 license document and click on “I accept the license terms“, followed by “Next”.
- You may now select the option “Custom (Advanced)”, and choose the hard drive partition of your current Vista OS. Click on “Next”.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to create a new user account and furnish your credentials for the same.
- When asked, enter the product key and click on “Next”.
- Choose the option “Use Recommended Settings” in order to turn on Automatic Updates. Adjust the time and date settings and choose your network location as well. Click on “Next” to wind up the procedure.
Well, that’s it! You’ve successfully performed a custom installation for your new Windows 7 OS. For any further assistance, do get in touch with Windows 7 support.
Changing the static IP address of Windows 7 system
Like we have house numbers and registered physical addresses as an identity to locate us, computers connected to a network have a unique identification and location address. Internet Protocol address, as it is called, is a numeric designation allotted to each computer or any other device in the network. In home networks, the router of the network assigns the IP address automatically to each connected device. These numerical designations are allotted for a certain period of time, after which it will be renewed; if required.
For your Windows 7 system, if you want to change the static IP address provided by your router or the Internet Service Provider, you can do that easily. This will help in remembering the IP address of the system for future references. This article shares the procedure for changing the IP address of Windows 7 system connected to a network.
Instructions by Windows 7 support
These steps will help in changing the static IP address of your system to another dotted quad.
- Open the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
- Click the Network and Internet link and select the Network and Sharing Center link.
- Select the View Network Connections link to see the adapters.
- Right-click on the adapter you want to change and choose Properties option from the list.
- Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click the Properties button.
- Click the radio button for Use the following IP address: and enter the static IP address you like to use in the IP address box.
- Hit Tab when finished and the Subnet mask value should auto-fill with the proper value.
- Enter the default gateway, which is normally the IP address of the router.
- The ISP typically provides the DNS addresses.
- Click OK to save the changes, and click OK again on the Local Area Connection Properties window.
If the router dynamically assigns IP addresses through DHCP, ensure that the router is configured with the new IP address, so that it does not assign the same static IP address to another computer on the network. Otherwise, this may cause intermittent or constant network communication issues. If you have any problems assigning IP address to your system, contact Windows 7 support for help.