Windows 7 was released in October 2009 and became very popular with users. Even more so after the poor acceptance of its predecessor Windows Vista. Over time it was gaining ground, since many had chosen to return to XP.
If you are among the people who want to continue using this system, we must give you bad news. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft decided to end support for this system. This means that Windows 7 does not receive any more updates since that date.
However, there are still people who prefer Windows 7 over other OS. For all of them we have created this post. In which we will show, among other things, how to install it on your computer very easily.
Requirements to install Windows 7 What are the features that my PC should have?
Before entering the installation, it is important to know how this system will work on your computer. With this you should take into account if your computer has enough space and power to use the software. There are two types of requirements:
- The first they refer to the minimum capacities of the PC. These are necessary for it to work.
- The seconds they refer to what your computer must have to obtain smooth and uncomplicated performance.
Let’s see what each of them are:
On 32-bit processor architecture:
- 1 GHz frequency in CPU.
- 1 GB memory RAM.
- An 800 x 600 pixel monitor.
- Graphics card (can be integrated) compatible with Directx 9.
- 16 GB of free space on the disk where Windows will be installed.
On 64-bit architectures:
- 1 GHz CPU frequency.
- 2GB of RAM.
- 800 x 600px monitor.
- DirectX 9 compatible graphics card.
- 20 GB free space on main disk.
- 1.55 GHz processor speed
- 1.5 GB RAM
- Screen resolution of 1024×768 pixels.
- DirectX 10 compatible graphics card.
- 80GB of free space.
In addition, it is recommended to have Internet access, an optical CD / DVD drive and a 512MB external graphics card in case of using the computer for games.
Steps to create a bootable pendrive and install Windows 7 with Rufus.
Rufus is an installation wizard. Which offers the possibility of dispensing with a CD or DVD Windows for installation. This option is very practical, especially if your computer or laptop does not have a reader for this purpose.
The program will serve as a boot disk. That is, Windows will use it to start the system, instead of doing it from the installation on the main disk. To use this installation method we must first get:
A pen drive
It is recommended that it have a capacity at least 8 GB. It’s important to put attention on all previous files you have will be lost when installing the installer. For this reason it is better that you format the same.
The Rufus program
Being a free software, you can download it for free at rufus.ie. Within the site we can find a portable version.
A Windows 7 .ISO file
You can find in here the way to download it in a simple way. It is possible that within your current system it appears as a compressed file (of the WinRar type). Don’t unzip it.
Once we have these three elements we can proceed with the installation. To do it correctly, follow these steps:
Start the Rufus program
When the download is complete, look in the related file for the Rufus program followed by the version number. It must have an extension .exe.
Insert the pendrive into the USB port
Note that, during system installation, memory should not be removed. Select the unit you just placed. You can do it in the program window, inside the section “Device”.
Choose the .ISO file
Press the button “To select” to choose the disk image (ISO) within the explorer. If you performed the steps properly, the Status bar will show “Prepared”.
Press “Start” and the program will convert the files inside the .ISO into a boot file.
Squeeze “To accept” in the pop-up window. The software warns you that the previous data on the pendrive will be erased. The transfer process may take a few minutes.
Remove the device
Once the previous step is finished, a green bar will appear with the word “Prepared”. It means that we can now eject the external device. To do this, go to the file explorer, right-click on the unit and choose “Expel”. After doing so, you can safely remove the pendrive.
By performing the previous steps, you will have converted your USB device in a Windows 7 installer.
How to install and configure Windows 7 like a pro from scratch easy and fast?
You already have a device capable of installing an operating system through a USB port. Time to use it. If what you are trying to do is reinstall or replace Windows, it is important that you first backup your important files and documents.
Let’s get to the bottom line, the steps to follow to install Windows:
Turn off the computer
Close all windows and programs. Then go to the desktop and press the keys “Alt + F4”. In the pop-up window, select “To turn off”.
Put the pendrive in the USB port.
Both the device and the input must be 2.0. We reiterate that you should not extract it until the entire process is finished.
Start the PC
Press the power button and keep an eye out for the options listed as you do so. It is vital, if you do it on a laptop, that you make sure you connect it to the electrical network, to avoid a possible interruption.
The key to press to access this window varies depending on the manufacturer. Can be Escape, Delete, F1, F12, F9. Anyway, the system will indicate which one corresponds to your computer. Note that if you don’t press any buttons, Windows will start as normal.
Go to the tab “Boot Options”
It can also be found with the name “Boot”. In it you must tell the system to prioritize the start from the USB port.
Get out of the Bios
Press the key “Exit saving changes”
Be patient, it may take some time. The computer will restart and the installation of Windows 7 will begin.
A window will appear, already with the Windows 7 interface. In it you must choose the language, country and the language of the keyboard. When you’re done, tap “Next”.
Push the button “Install Now”. After doing so, you will have to wait a few moments and the new operating system will already be running on your computer. Don’t worry if your computer restarts several times during the process.
Is it advisable to install Windows 7 now that its developers have removed support?
Choosing the 7 over its successors means depriving yourself of many new features. A modern interface, compatibility with new programs, voice assistants and system updates. The latter can leave our PC vulnerable.
Although there are always reasons force majeure to use Windows 7 as an operating system. If you have a somewhat old computer, it is likely that the new versions will not run properly or do not meet the minimum requirements. Another reason to reinstall or continue using this OS is compatibility with certain devices. It can be the case of CNC machinery, cutting plotter, or any device that has not updated its system and is only usable through version 7.
In short, it is always recommended, within the user’s possibilities, use the latest stable version of all software.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉