2. Installing and Upgrading Windows 7

General Considerations for Windows 7

You learned about Windows 7’s new features, and some details of its design and architecture, in Chapter 1, “Introducing Windows 7.” The question at this point is, “Will you install it?” If you plan to, go ahead and read this chapter and the next one. In this chapter, I coach you on preparing for installation and checking hardware and software requirements; then I discuss compatibility issues that might affect your product-purchasing decisions. Chapter 3, “The First Hour,” covers post-installation issues, such as personalizing Windows 7. In this chapter, I also walk through the setup procedure.

Of course, if Windows 7 is already running on your PC, you might want to skip ...

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