How to reinstall Windows 7 on your computer

Reinstall Windows 7 on your computer is the best solution for many problems associated with the performance, especially if you constantly install and delete programs. From disadvantages of registration up to malware, going through a lot of unnecessary software. If your PC came with a restore disc from the factory, is likely to present several options of reinstalling different designed to put into operation your computer.

Unfortunately, Microsoft no longer offers official support for Windows 7, leaving users with few options if their computers are damaged. For this reason, Digital Trends does not recommend to our readers who use Windows 7 on their devices.

(Do not hesitate to consult our guide on How to speed up the performance of your PC with Windows?)

Have ready your license number Windows 7

Once you’ve finished installing Windows 7, the operating system prompts you to enter your license number. This key allows Microsoft to verify if you have a legitimate copy and a legal Windows 7, even though the updates are no longer available.

COA Label con numero de licencia para reinstalar Windows 7

If the disk of Windows 7 arrived in an envelope of paper or plastic, it is likely that the key is there. Or, in the cabinet of your computer, you will need to bring a tag (called a COA label, like the one above). Given that, Windows 7 is no longer supported, this key is the only way to install a version legitimate Windows 7 from Microsoft.

Avoid pop-up windows constant Windows asking you to validate the installation with the license number is a good advantage, make sure you have on hand.

How to make a backup of your data

Regardless of the type of Windows installation you choose, it is always a good idea to have a backup of your data before you start the process, is never more, especially if something goes wrong.

See our guide on The best option in the cloud to back up your information or How to purchase the external hard drive suited to your needs, if you’re looking for several quality options with which to generate a backup of your data.

How to get a copy of Windows 7

If you do not have an installation disk, you can download an ISO image of Windows 7 directly from the Microsoft website. Remember that you still need a serial key legitimate and matching to have access to download it and later to activate it.

Pagina de Microsoft para descargar ISO de Windows

At the bottom there is a window where you have to capture the 25 digits that make up your license number, it is mandatory to write a valid key for you to access and be able to download the ISO file.

Once verified and authorized access, you’ll need to select the version of Windows 7 you wish to download, either 32 bit or 64 bit, and click ok, it will start a download process that, depending on your internet access and your computer, it could take between 10 to 30 minutes.

How to select a type of installation

Pantalla de Instalación de Windows 7
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Make sure your Windows installation disk or USB drive is inserted into the computer and restart your system. When you start, you will receive a message that says “Press any key to boot from the floppy disk or the USB drive”, do so and immediately will enter to the graphic mode (blue color), once you start the setup program of Windows 7, click Install now.

Select the type of installation of Windows 7

Tipos de instalación de Windows 7

Once you start the process, you’ll see two installation options: Upgrade and Custom (advanced). If you select Update, Windows should leave your files and programs intact, just replace the main files of the system and change some configurations. Opt for the upgrade essentially saves you from having to reinstall all your applications and restore your data from a backup, but it does not give your computer the full treatment of spring cleaning. However, if you select Custom, it will erase everything, including your files and programs.

Destinations of partition disk for Windows 7Particiones disponibles para instalar Windows 7

Depending on the current installation that you have in your computer, you can have one or more partitions available for you to choose from, what is for sure is, that if you are using Windows Vista or a previous version of Windows, appear one or several small partitions labeled System or Reserved. If the hard disk is new, there should be no partition available

Select what drive or partition you want to use for the installation of Windows 7. You should not format or install Windows on the partition reserved for the system, though, in any way, it will be too small to accommodate a full installation of the operating system, thus minimizing the chances of experiencing complications.

Expanding Windows files

Continue to click the setup program until you start the process. Copying Windows files and expanding files of configuration can bring a good time, so feel free to leave your computer alone for about 15-20 minutes. It is likely that your computer will restart at least once during the process, but you should be restarted immediately in the installation program and continue from where you left off.

Completing the installation of Windows 7

Later, the installer of Windows 7 will require more information from you. When prompted, answer the questions that Windows 7 you do, which include time zone information, and other preferences. Once Windows 7 is in operation, tap Windows Update and make sure you run it again and again until your operating system is fully updated.

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