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The topic that I chose was setting up a laptop with Microsoft Windows 7. This means that there is no operating system on the laptop.  Students often have the computer crash from viruses or other problems leaving them stranded with a piece of metal. After visiting the Oregon State Computer Help Center, a technician told me that about 70% of computers he fixed were for women. This could be because of the stereotype that women are less likely to use computers, and feel that it would be less socially acceptable among their peers to take a computer class. Some people also would like to upgrade from previous operating systems as many new programs require Windows 7 as oppose to XP or Vista.

Personally, I had to install a copy of Windows 7 many times because I had a computer that was fairly unstable. By the tenth time installing this operating system, I decided it was time to get a new computer. I hope that this will help out my fellow peers who had the same sort of luck as I did in computer.

I plan to teach them how to restore their piece of metal into a working computer again. This tutorial will cover how to install Windows 7 into your laptop. A background of basic computer technology will be required for this operation. A working laptop (no operating system) along with a copy of Windows 7 and a CD key is required. The laptop must have the following specification to run Windows 7.

1         1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

2         1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

3         16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

4         DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

5         Internet access (fees may apply)

6         Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware

7         Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware

8         HomeGroup requires a network and PCs running Windows 7

9         DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive

10     BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2

11     BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive

12     Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM, an additional 15 GB of available hard disk space, and a processor capable of hardware virtualization with Intel VT or AMD-V turned on

13     Music and sound require audio output

The speed of the computer is described in 1. The amount of memory or RAM that the computer is described in 2.  The amount of hard space or room in a computer is described in 3. The type of graphics card compatible with DirectX 9 is shown in 4.  If your laptop is one where you can write on the screen, the software that came with the pen will be required.  A USB drive, the small rectangle hole is required for BitLocker to work in 10 and 11.  In addition if you would like to run in the previous Microsoft XP operating system, more memory and hard space is required in 12.

In this module I will teach them step by step what needs to be put in with visual aid and detail descriptions the process for installing Windows 7. There are several parameters that will need to be put in during the installation, and this will be explained in the module.

By the end of this installation, student will be able to do the following:

1) Install Windows 7

2) Understand computer technical terms such as GB and Ram

3) Know what a CD key is

4) Know which partition to chose to install Windows 7

5) Understand what type of network security is best for the specific environment.

First, insert the windows 7 CD into your CD drive. The CD drive is shown here:

CD drive from laptop

CD drive from laptop

Once this is inserted, the screen will begin to load Windows 7.  Choose your language, time, and keyboard setting at this menu.

Windows 7 menu

Windows 7 menu

After this is done, click “install now” to begin the process. The first screen that appears is the license screen. You will have to check the box that says “I agree with the license screen” to continue. Otherwise it turns off your computer preventing you from all the hard work that you did! The next screen asks you to chose upgrade or advanced. Since you are installing a fresh copy, you will click on advanced shown here.

Advance or Upgrade. Choose Advanced

Advance or Upgrade. Choose Advanced

The next part is a bit confusing as it asks what partition you would like to put your system on. This means on what part of your hard drive you would like to install windows 7 on.  Most computers have a small backup partition which you DO NOT want to install Windows 7 on. Instead choose the larger drive as it was most likely designed to install Windows 7. (example if there were two shown. One said 4 gb while other said 400 gb, choose 400 gb.) On mine, I only had one partition shown here, so I simple chose it.

Partition Drives

Partition Drives

Once this is selected, the installation begins! This could take several minutes depending on what type of computer you have. At the end, it will ask you to restart the computer once, allowing software to install. Click yes to allow it to restart. Once you have restarted, it will ask for a screen name and an optional password. A password is suggested so only you can access your computer! The step after that required use insert your Windows 7 activation key. This key should be located somewhere on the CD box. You can neglect to insert the code, but doing so will allow you to try Windows 7 for 30 days, before it locks up and will remain locked till the activation code is entered. The screen is shown here:

Activation Screen

Activation Screen

After this is done, Windows will confirm with you that the time is correct. Once this is done, it will ask you what kind of network you are being connected to. A public place means the computer will be very security intensive, and will not remember passwords where as the the home network option will. Once this is done it will load some more and then you are done! Windows should begin and your desktop should look like this:

Final Product!

Final Product!

Congratulations! You have installed Windows 7!

If the instructions here won’t detailed enough, there are further instructions at Microsoft or go to your local book store and check out Windows 7 for dummies. Both are great resources and would help you with whatever problems you still have.

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