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Lesson 02: Installing Windows

Learning Objectives
  • Distinguish between the various types of Windows 7 installations.
  • Boot to the Windows PE environment.
  • Perform a clean installation.
  • Migrate user profiles. 
  • Use Windows Easy Transfer.
  • Upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7.
  • Upgrade Windows 7 editions.
  • Perform a dual boot installation.
  • Perform a clean installation.
  • Upgrade to Windows 7 from previous versions of Windows.
  • Migrate user profiles.

clean installation
A workstation operating system deployment method that is the simplest way to deploy Windows 7 on a new computer or a computer with a partition that you are willing to reformat (losing all of the data on the partition in the process). In a clean installation, you boot from the Windows 7 installation disk and create or select a blank partition where the operating system will reside.

dual boot
A type of workstation operating system configuration that provides access to two independent operating system installations. In a dual boot environment, both operating systems are completely independent of each other, so restrictions regarding upgrade paths do not apply.

Multilingual user interface (MUI)
A set of language-specific files that allows individual users to change the user interface language of the Windows operating system according to their preferences, even on the same workstation or as a roaming user.

side-by-side migration
A type of user profile migration in which you run two computers simultaneously: one is the source computer containing the user profile information you want to transfer, and the other is the destination computer running Windows 7, to which you want to transfer the profile information. When you are performing a side-by-side migration, you can use Windows Easy Transfer with the computers connected together directly, using a cable or a network, or connected indirectly, using a removable storage medium.

Windows Preinstallation Environment (PE)
Windows 7, like Windows Vista, eliminates DOS from the installation process completely by supplying its own preinstallation environment called Windows PE 3.0. Windows PE is a subset of Windows 7 that provides basic access to the computer’s network and disk drives, so that it is possible to perform in-place or network installations.

Windows Recovery Environment (RE)
A technician launches Windows RE if a Windows 7 computer fails to start, or if it crashes repeatedly. Windows RE is simply another name given to Windows PE on a computer with Windows 7 already installed. In the Windows RE environment, the technician can use Windows 7’s built-in troubleshooting utilities or run third-party or custom diagnostic tools.

wipe-and-load migration
In a wipe-and-load migration, you have only one computer, which initially contains the user profile settings you want to transfer. After saving the profile information to a removable storage medium, you perform a clean Windows 7 installation, wiping out all data on the drives, and then you transfer the profile data from the removable medium back to the computer.