Trouble “running” Windows 7 file?

Windows 7, or any operating system for that matter is required to be installed by burning the .ISO file to a blank DVD or a USB thumb drive.

For Windows Vista users:

You can do this by downloading the Windows USB/DVD tool found HERE

Once you download and install the tool there will be 4 steps.

Step 1: Click browse and locate the ISO file (usually located in the “downloads” folder) and double click on that file and click next.

Step 2: Choose the device you want to burn the ISO onto (Either USB or DVD)

Step 3: Click begin burning

Step 4: After burning the ISO image to a USB or DVD go inside that device and click the file named “Setup” and the installation will

(Please note: the upgrade option can only be used if you purchased the same version of Windows and the same bit format (32-bit or 64-bit). (i.e If you have Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit, you will have to purchase Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit in order to upgrade) Otherwise the “Custom install” option will have to be used)


For Windows XP users:

To do so you can use one of the following tools:

If you are going to burn the .ISO onto a USB, download the following tool named Rufus: HERE 

Download and run the Rufus tool, make sure the USB is already plugged into the machine.

Next, you will have to make sure you choose the ISO image to burn to the USB device. Towards the bottom there are 4 check marks, the third one down will say “Create a bootable USB using” and make sure the drop down box says “ISO Image” next to that drop down box you will see a disk icon, click that and locate your Windows ISO image (usually in the downloads folder of the computer). Once the ISO is selected click “Start” and the burning will begin.

If you are going to burn the .ISO onto a DVD, download the following tool named IMGBURN: HERE

Download and install the IMGBURN tool, then make sure the DVD is already plugged into the machine.

Once you run the program it will give you a couple options to choose from, you will have to choose “Burn image to disk”.

On the next screen you will see at the top it says “Source”  next to that you will see a small icon that looks like a folder that you can click on.

Once clicked on, you will have to locate the ISO (usually in the download folder of the computer). Once the ISO is selected you will be able to click the disk icon on the bottom left of the program and the burning will begin.

After burning the .ISO image to a blank DVD or a USB thumb drive go to that device in question and inside click the file that is named “Setup”. The installation should then begin!

If you are for whatever reason getting an error when clicking the “Setup” file you will have to go to the BIOS of your computer and choose to boot from your device (Either a DVD or a USB thumb drive)

For Windows 10 users:

You can do this by downloading the Windows USB/DVD tool found HERE

Once you download and install the tool, just follow the steps and it will perform the entire process for you quickly and easily.

Before you install Windows 7, it’s a good idea to save any work and back up your PC before you start. (as you will be doing a custom install which will wipe any and all data on your hard drive(s))

1. Attach the USB flash drive or insert the DVD on the PC where you want to install Windows 7.

2. Restart your PC, and then press any key to boot from the USB flash drive or the DVD.

If you restart your PC and your current version of Windows starts, you might have to open a boot menu or change the boot order in your PC’s BIOS or UEFI settings so that your PC boots from the media. To open a boot menu or change the boot order, you’ll typically need to press a combination of keys (such as F2, F12, Delete, or Esc) immediately after you turn on your PC. For instructions on changing the boot order for your PC, check the documentation that came with your PC or go to the manufacturer’s website.

If changing the boot menu or order doesn’t work, try again by signing in to Windows, shutting down, and then starting your PC.

3. On the Install Windows page, select your language, time, and keyboard preferences, and then select Next.
4. Select Install Windows.

Windows 7 not activating?

If Windows isn’t able to activate online, you’ll have the option to activate Windows 7 using an automated phone system.

  1. Open Windows Activation by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, clicking Properties, and then clicking “Change product key”.

  2. Type your Windows 7 product key, and then click Next.

  3. Click Use the automated phone system. Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  4. Click the location nearest you from the drop-down list, and then click Next.

  5. Call one of the available phone numbers listed. An automated system will guide you through the activation process.

  6. When prompted, enter the installation ID that’s listed on your screen into your phone’s keypad.

  7. Write down the confirmation ID that the phone system gives you.

  8. Type the confirmation ID into the space provided under Step 3 in the activation dialog, click Next, and then follow the instructions.

  9. If activation isn’t successful, hang up and contact tech support

(If prompted “How many machines have you installed this on” your answer has to be “Zero“.)

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